Audiences are certainly divided on the ‘Batman Vs Superman’ film, but it did give a glimpse of Wonder Woman and we can now see more of what her solo outing will offer…
It’s fair to say that Batman Vs Superman has had a decidedly mixed response from audiences. Critics have largely slated the film or find it wanting. (You can see our review here). To add to the complex reading of the facts, it’s made an enormous amount of money at the box-office after its strong opening weekend but also seen a remarkably steep drop in viewings (down – 70%, one of the sharpest declines for a superhero film, on a par with X-Men: Wolverine – Origins and particularly notable as there was very little competition this week that could have taken its audience). Even in China, a major foreign hub for box-office returns, the film was beaten this week by Sammo Hung’s Bodyguard. The negative buzz about the team-up’s dour tone is one of the reasons being speculated for some Suicide Squad reshoots to lighten that film’s tone before its release later this year.
But where do DC/Warner go from here with their attempt to build a cinematic universe? The next hero that will be in the spotlight will be Wonder Woman in her own solo outing, a prequel of sorts to her appearance in Dawn of Justice. The film shows the character leaving her mystical home and finding herself in the trenches of the First World War. Gil Gadot will be returning to the role with a cast that includes the like of Star Trek‘s Chris Pine (glimpsed in an old photograph in the recent superhero film) as Steve Trevor. The film also includes Connie Nielsen, David Thewlis, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Said Taghmaoui and Danny Huston.
It is being directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) who, at least on the visual side, seems to be delivering. (There’s no dialogue in this teaser trailer, but it does give you a sense of scope and the ambition of the film) and that itself looks promising.
Wonder Woman opens in June 2017.