Almost two years ago, I wrote a blog post about why I would not see Marvel’s Ant-Man. What it came down to was that I was insulted that Ant-Man was getting a movie before literally any female superhero. And now, almost two years later, I have seen a female superhero on the big screen.
And I am so happy.
(I sat down to write this blog post as soon as I got home from seeing the movie, so forgive me if my thoughts seem jumbled. I will attempt to go back over to add pictures and catch any mistakes afterwards, but I want to get this out as soon as possible.)
So here it is. My thoughts on my first feature-length film of a female superhero.
Is it perfect?
No. Absolutely not. And if I really thought about it, I could probably point out several issues with the movie in its plot, pacing, characters, etc.
But, it can comfortably join the pantheon of superhero movies. It has as many flaws as many other well-done superhero movies and it definitely holds its own against many of the disappointments that have been coming out lately.
What it gets right:
- Wonder Woman. One of the reasons that has been sited over and over of why there hasn’t been a Wonder Woman movie before (because there have been attempts, oh have there been attempts) is because she is “difficult to write”. But this movie got it.Out of the DC holy trio, Wonder Woman has been the symbol of hope, honesty, and compassion. And she passed with flying colors. Best of all, the movie understands that this is where her strength lies. It never exploits her emotions as weakness. It’s only when she doubts herself and the good in mankind is when she struggles.This has always been the truest form of Diana and I’m so glad they got it right.
- It rarely drags and the fight scenes (for the most part) are extremely well-done. If you’ve read the reviews, you know the penultimate fight is a little flat. But the rest of it? When the Amazons attack invading German soldiers? When Diana rushes No Man’s Land? It was so. good.
3. IT DIDN’T KILL THE FEMALE SUPERHERO MOVIE!
No one can look at the box office, can look at the response and say “female superheroes can’t make money.”
It was good enough.
It is a step in the right direction.
DC desperately needed to make up for that bullshit Superman movie and the extreme disappointment that was Batman vs. Superman. And I will applaud them for this contribution. I might actually go see the Justice League movie… Maybe…
For now, I wish Black Panther to do just as well in the box office, if not better. I hope that Marvel can bring its A-game with Captain Marvel. I hope the plethora of female, people of color, LGBTQAI+ and non-binary heroes get a chance to shine. Because it’s time for superhero movies to evolve.
While Wonder Woman might have her critics, I hope this movie is a change in course for at least DC if not all superhero movies, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.