Critics say Wonder Woman is the best DC movie since The Dark Knight

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People love free things. They love it even more when it’s free things to do with the other things they already love. Because of this, whenever reactions from fans of a particular property who got to see an early screening of a movie hit the net, you need to be ready and waiting with bucket loads of the old sodium chloride. Now it has to be pointed out that a general audience litmus test is definitely not without merit, as folks on the street don’t always have the same sensibilities as a paid film critic. But that built-in and completely understandable bias, combined with the high of just walking out of a big Hollywood screening you were lucky enough to get into, will definitely skew perceptions. I present Batman v Superman as Exhibit A.

This is why I didn’t put too much stock in the first reactions for Wonder Woman. Yes, I desperately want this movie to be good, so early positive buzz certainly buoyed my expectations, but I didn’t get too worked up. Now I’m getting worked up. The first actual screening for press – people whose job it is to be pedantic about a movie – has taken place, and in a rather surprising move, Warner Bros has given the press in attendance leave to chat about the movie on social media. No full reviews as yet, but I think this is a sly move from the studio. BvS really damaged the trust of some fans, and all the rumoured behind the scenes mixups on Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman and more are not helping one bit. You would need to be really naive to not think that these are some of the reasons why Wonder Woman’s box office predictions are so wonky. So the studio needs a pick-me-up ahead of the long awaited release of this movie, and what better way than to have people Tweet out to their thousands of followers about how good this movie actually is?

And apparently it is very, very f–king good. So good in fact that many are declaring this to not just be the best movie in the current crop of DCEU movies – which admittedly is not exactly an insurmountable achievement – but even saying this is the best DC Comics feature film adaptation since Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, hailed by many as the gold standard for these things.

Damn it. Why isn’t it 2 June already?! I know we’ve literally been waiting decades for this movie to happen and could thus stand to wait just a couple more weeks, but I need to watch this movie now!

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Wonder Woman was directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and penned by Alan Heinberg (who actually wrote the comics for a while) and Jason Fuchs. It stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Said Taghmaoui, and Eugene Braverock. Here’s the official plot synopis:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Last Updated: May 19, 2017

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Original Heretic

    Is this MARVELous news?
    NOOOOO! It cannot be.
    It can only be DeliCious news.

    • Hammersteyn

      XD

    • It’s WONDERful news

      • Original Heretic

        It’s enough to make anyone say,” WhOa, MAN!”

        • Mrs Pose

          Hahahaha! Stahp!

  • Hammersteyn

    What a Gall <3

  • Mrs Pose

    I am so excited for this movie! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!

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