Exhausted of superheroes? 'Wonder Woman' is here to save the day

Exhausted of superheroes? 'Wonder Woman' is here to save the day

Exhausted of superheroes? 'Wonder Woman' is here to save the day

So please, everybody, let's stop the hysteria, put down the pitchforks, and just give Wonder Woman the break she deserves, shall we? Babies, revolving doors and snow are just a few of the things that are thin on the ground on her island home.

You don't need to possess a comic book collection or master's degree in cinema studies to recognize the cultural significance of a female superhero starring in her own summer blockbuster. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the DC extended universe, Superman is under worldwide fire for killing thousands, and Zack Snyder's Batman snaps necks and mounts guns onto the Batmobile. Gadot's physical presence as Wonder Woman was well established in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but she handles the Diana Prince side with equal dexterity, whether puzzling over the excessive formalities of early 20th century womanhood or trading banter with Steve and his abashed comrades.

I bring it up now partly out of guilt and partly because, after almost 40 years, there is actually a reason to get excited about Wonder Woman being on screen again. They have gumption but wouldn't make it out of the second reel alive without Diana and her sword, shield and heart. Along the way, she leads a charge on a machine-gun nest and gets a dancing lesson in a war-torn village.

And such is the case with her box office numbers and reviews. These relationships leave a lasting impression on the audience and give Wonder Woman a strong emotional basis that gets you invested quickly.

Both the male and female leads are treated as equals more than anything which is what I liked. "Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.We shall overcome!"

This imbalance goes beyond comic book flicks.

The beauty of Patty Jenkins' film is in Diana's gradual awakening to the awfulness of being a woman in the 20th century.

Little Diana (and then teenage Diana, and then the young woman Diana) is obsessed with becoming the greatest warrior on the island, much to the chagrin of her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). She's also wary of her daughter interacting with members of the opposite sex, warning: "Be careful in the world of men, Diana - they do not deserve you". Soon, they follow him through the fog into this obscured area, and the Amazons confront them on the beach, losing one of their own in the victory. It is made by women, and it is innately feminist and not shy about that. Search Tumblr for "wonder woman ice cream", and you're more likely to see art and gifsets referencing the animated movie than the comic.

In this era of endless aggression, fake news and alternative facts, a hero who values peace and carries a lasso that makes her adversaries tell the truth is one hell of a fantasy.

Gadot's Diana/Wonder Woman is brilliant but unsophisticated; courageous but sometimes reckless; compassionate yet stubborn; idealistic yet capable of deadly force when there's no other choice; endowed with astounding powers but as yet unsure of how to harness and master all her gifts. Mostly they looked ferocious. A blonde Wonder Woman? His tales of war and suffering (events take place in 1918 towards the end of World War I) and the German Army's impending use of a chemical weapon capable of mass destruction are enough to jolt Diana into action.

While Diana ruffles the feathers of Steve's superiors, one proves to be an ally - an officer played by David Thewlis (the current season of FX's "Fargo"). Someone needed to step up, to be strong and courageous.

Gadot added: "For me, it was really crucial that everyone would be able to relate to Wonder Woman".

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