We were going to title this post “Wonder Woman’s Second Trailer Dropped and We Have Opinions” in our usual T Lo fashion, but then we watched it and realized our “opinions” amount to …
GORGEOUS screencaps, followed by more articulated thoughts:
The DC characters have had a much rougher time of it in their transition to the big screen lately. Some of that comes down to the DC house style being difficult to update and upgrade to big budget extravaganzas (their characters tend to be more mythic than Marvel’s; less rooted in anything close to the real world) but most of it came down to poor creative decisions on the part of several filmmakers. It seems fairly obvious, based on the entire filmed history of DC characters, that the most successful adaptations tend to be the ones that hew fairly closely to the comics. In other words, from The Flash to Supergirl to Christopher Reeve’s Superman, Adam West’s & Michael Keaton’s Batmen, and yes, Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman, so long as you embraced the fantastical nature and innate absurdity of the characters and reflected the popular writing style of the time, you had yourself a decent superhero adaptation that the masses seemed to support.
This is easily one of the most faithful-looking adaptations of any DC superhero ever. We can’t speak for the final product obviously, but the trailer clearly depicts all the major points of the character’s origins and all of the most important aspects of her character and background. The only major change is the shift of her World War II origins to a World War I setting. It was almost certainly a decision made to avoid comparisons to Chris Evans’ Captain America, but they did a fabulous job of retrofitting it to the character and having it work. It looks like the female villain is going to be an old, old, old WW nemesis from the ’40s called Dr. Poison, and that couldn’t work more brilliantly in a World War I setting.
Everything looks smart, faithful to the character, and more importantly, entertaining as hell. We can’t say Gal Gadot comes off like the greatest actress in the world here, but the sense of grandeur and spectacle more than does the job of giving the first big budget female superhero movie the weight it deserves.
In other words …
[Stills: Warner Bros. Pictures/Tom and Lorenzo – Video Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]