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Can Wonder Woman Fix the DC Extended Universe?

March 13, 2017 | Posted by Steve Gustafson

The new trailer for Wonder Woman came out and although it felt like a familiar DC spot, people have been quick to praise it. The movie’s plot reads:

“Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.”

Some have rightfully called out that it looks like it’s using the Captain America: The First Avenger blueprint but I say that isn’t a bad thing. Warner and DC are desperate to get that critical acclaim along with the box office dollars and you can’t blame them for taking a page out of something successful.

Gal Gadot reprising her role from last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a strong move . Warner and DC are banking on Wonder Woman to wash away previous wrongs and get their cinematic universe on solid ground. Recently, producer Charles Roven revealed that Wonder Woman won’t be a “formulaic origin” like other superhero movies saying, “We’re hoping honestly that you won’t say that when you see any of these movies. Get powers, fight bad guys. And one of the reasons honestly that I think that all of these characters have been around for so long is that they touch people both being inspirational and aspirational in more ways than just that.”

Roven spoke to about the tone of the movie, making sure to stress that the story is “fun, emotional, exciting,” while adding that it’s relatable to kids and adults of all ages in a contemporary way. He also confirmed that the story is based on both the traditional comics, and DC’s New 52 reboot saying, “For Wonder Woman, what was really intriguing to us was the mythology of her past and attempting to blend both the canon from the past with the New 52 and really come up with a compelling story for Diana and her hero’s journey. That’s unique to her, and each character in the DCEU has an equally journey to take. Each one of them, that’s the point. They’re all really different. Superman’s hero’s journey is really different than Batman’s. Batman’s not even really super, he’s just amazing. But dark. It’s not like he’s amazing and perfect. He’s amazing and he’s got some darkness to him and some shit that he’s got to work out. That makes him really relatable.”

They’ve been giving Wonder Woman the hard sell in interviews, stressing how this movie will stand out from Superman and Batman. Roven especially laid it out when he reiterated, “Wonder Woman has elements of being naïve of what she thinks her mission in life is, and she goes on a tremendous learning process to ultimately become the woman that we’re going to meet in Batman v Superman. Right now, in Batman v Superman, she’s really a mystery. She’s compelling and wonderful to watch, and when we see her don the outfit, it’s fantastic, but we don’t really know a lot about her background, so she’s mysterious. We answer those questions on how she became who she became and why. It’s a journey of discovery that’s way more profound than just learning that she’s got physical abilities that others don’t have. It’s about helping mankind and being a symbol of all the things you could accomplish without war.”

The Wonder Woman trailers have been great, doing exactly what they are supposed to do. But we’ve been fooled by trailers before. Especially DC trailers. While everything looks good, the real test comes opening weekend.

But will a successful Wonder Woman be enough to correct the DC cinematic universe?