My good friends are probably extremely tired of me talking about the importance of strong female characters in films, how important fair gender representation is in a film, both in front of and behind the camera and of course, my never-ending love of Princess Leia. Simply put, this is my passion.
A new trailer for Wonder Woman has just been released, increasing the hype for this DC property and highlighting how badly DC/Warner Bros. needs to put a win on the books. DC has not been on the most successful path after Suicide Squad and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice disappointed critically and with fans. These failures only increased pressure on Wonder Woman, a film which already had an immense amount of pressure placed upon it. Wonder Woman not only has to succeed, it has to prove that the DC Universe can stay on track. While important, that’s not why Wonder Woman will be successful. It’s about finally giving this historical character her due and showing young girls everywhere, you don’t need Superman to rescue you, instead, you can be Superman.
Wonder Woman was first introduced in 1941 with an appearance in All-Star Comics #8, (DC Comics). 76 years passed before this iconic DC character was given a solo feature film release. In comparison, the character of Batman was first given a 15-chapter serial film in 1943 and has been seen in countless films since, including the most recent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).
76 years is a long time to wait for a solo feature film, but Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot seem to have captured this powerful and historical character in a way that can connect with modern audiences. The passion behind this project can be seen in every frame. This is a movie for little girls looking for an inspiration, for young women doubting their capabilities and for women who need to be reminded of their own power. If Wonder Woman captures a tenth of that passion, this movie will be a runaway success.
When this movie is a success, it can start shifting the narrative towards more female superhero films, instead of having to fight for one to be made. Wonder Woman has the chance to prove that women can be more than just a member of a superhero squad, they can lead the squad.