Preview: Wonder Woman


Gal Gadot is the titular heroine in DC's first female-led comic book show Discuss this article

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That it has taken more than a quarter of a century for the comic book world’s most famous female star to get her own standalone movie may be a sad indictment of the male-dominated film industry, but she’s reportedly set to make her eventual debut with a bang.

Yes, after 76 years of waiting in the wings, while dozens of Batmen, Iron Men and Supermen have clogged up our screens, finally, this week, Wonder Woman will take centre stage. About time.

The word out of Hollywood is that the movie, starring Gal Gadot (the only good thing in DC’s otherwise turgid boy-fest Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice), is properly good. Action-packed, witty and co-starring Chris Pine as its effective damsel in distress, early reviews say that Gadot and her director, Patty Jenkins, have pulled off an A-grade blockbuster. But are people going to go and see it?

“Well, we hope so,” laughs Jenkins. “That’s the plan!” The director is most famous for her debut, Monster, which earned its star, Charlize Theron, an Oscar, but she’s also behind standout episodes of everything from Arrested Development to Entourage to The Killing. For this project she’s also injected the DC universe with two elements it has so far sorely lacked: brains and fun. As a result, so confident is studio Warner Bros. about how audiences will react to the first proper female superhero that they’ve just greenlit the next one, Batgirl, to be directed by The Avengers’ Joss Whedon.

That audience, though, is crucial, especially given how badly the female-led reboot of Ghostbusters fared at last year’s box office, having been ravaged by misogynist internet morons. Bottom line: go see this. Wonder Woman needs you.

The bottom line
Finally, comics’ First Lady gets her shot.

By Mark Dinning
Time Out Doha,

Wonder Woman

  • Duration: 141
  • Released: Thu, 25 May
  • Language: English
  • Director: Patty Jenkins
  • Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright

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