On 2nd June 2017, Warner Bros will release the first Female led superhero film, Wonder Woman. Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, it tells the story of Diana Prince, daughter of the Queen of Themyscria as she enters the world of man during the Great War.
With less than a month to go, it appears that it is started to be shown and early indications say that it is as good as Captain America the First Avenger. John Shaw the President of Theatre Management Associates, LLC has called Wonder Woman:
“exciting & entertaining in every way”
His Twitter bio states that he is the President of a ‘motion picture consultant, film buyer, theatre management, film distributer and marketing company’. Based in Kentucky, USA, it’s plausible that he viewed the movie at an exhibitor’s screening for theatre owners. These screenings are usually shown before the Press has had a chance to view the movie.
There is no word as to where or when he had this screening, and this information comes straight from his Twitter feed. As he only had 140 characters to use, Shaw’s reaction is somewhat small, but positive. However, it is a step in the right direction and extremely positive for the DCEU. Hopefully, this is the first in a long line of positive reactions to the new Wonder Woman film. If this continues, it may be the key to turning the DCEU’s slump around.
Shaw also mentions that Wonder Woman is as good as Captain America. Due to lack of characters in his tweet, we have to assume he is talking about The First Avenger. Captain America’s first outing was an origin story set in the 1940’s with a stylized Second World War aesthetic. It’s easy to watch the trailers and get the same feel for Wonder Woman as with The First Avenger. But, Wonder Woman is set in the Great War, between 1914 and 1918, so instead of battles on Nazi bases, we’re going to see Wonder Woman in the trenches.
Shaw suggests that Wonder Woman will have a similar worldwide gross to The First Avenger, as he has added to his tweet ($370M). This is reasonable, but as one of the Trinity and being the first female-led Superhero film since 2004’s Catwoman, it’s safe to say this estimation is a little light.
Patty Jenkins has come out and stated that there are “Subtle” Easter eggs in Wonder Woman referencing the 1970’s TV show starring Lynda Carter. Despite the seemingly lack of promotional material before the films release, it does appear that Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is appealing to fans of the old TV show and the comics alike.
Hopefully, Shaw’s opinion on the quality of Wonder Woman will be echoed as we get closer to the release date. I for one am looking forward to this film and hope it is the turning point for the DCEU.
Wonder Woman is released in theaters on 2nd July.
Source: Josh Shaw