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2017 is an absolutely stacked year when it comes to major blockbuster films. In March alone, we had Logan, Kong: Skull Island, Beauty and the Beast, and Power Rangers. This weekend is the opening of the eighth film in the Fast and Furious franchise, Fate of the Furious, and in only a few short weeks Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters. Not to mention Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, the first trailer for which will drop on Friday. All of these films are for sure going to be box offices successes, and hopefully, they have the great reviews to match those numbers. Today, however, I want to talk about what summer blockbuster I believe is going to be the most important this year, Wonder Woman.
There are many reasons that Wonder Woman is an extremely important film, but for sake of keeping this short, I'll give you three. The most obvious reason is that it is the first female-lead superhero film of this new age of comic-book films that we’re in. Not Fox, Disney, Sony, or Warner Bros has seen fit to make a female lead superhero film to capitalize on this new trend, until now. What better character to make the first one about? Wonder Woman is by far the most recognizable super-heroine out there. In terms of popularity, she’s up there with the likes of Batman, Superman, and Iron Man. Why she hasn’t gotten her own film until now is beyond me, but it’s imperative that they get this right. There are still studios out there that don’t believe a female-lead action film can work, and the critical and box office response to the new Ghost in the Shell film definitely does not help. If Warner Bros and director Patty Jenkins can not only make this film good but make it great, that will work wonders for major films based on female characters. Maybe Marvel would actually make that Black Widow movie that everybody has been asking for?
The second reason that Wonder Woman is such an important film, is because of the impact it will have on the DC Cinematic Universe as a whole. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad were both not received nearly as well as Warner Bros would’ve liked. As of now, DC is 0-2 with their new films (not including Man of Steel). Fans do not have faith in WB/DC right now, and the only thing that is going to change that is making a good movie. The next film up for release happens to be Wonder Woman, which means there is a lot of pressure on this film to be good. If this film is universally loved, things are going to turn quickly in a good direction for this universe. If not, things could get a lot worse, and Justice League won’t nearly have the financial success that it has the potential to attain.
The last point I want to talk about is the effect this film will have on superhero films as a whole. So far, Marvel has been kicking DC’s butt when it comes to quality of their films (except for Man of Steel which I will defend until I die). Aside from some of Fox’s X-Men films, Marvel has had pretty easy competition in the superhero genre. If Wonder Woman is great, DC will suddenly become legitimate competition for Marvel, and as we all know, competition can be a very good thing. It often leads to better products from all parties involved. So if Wonder Woman is great, that will motivate Marvel to make their films even better, which will, in turn, influence DC to want to make better films. It’s an endless cycle that will hopefully keep churning out fantastic films for comic-book movie fans to adore.
The fact that there is so much pressure on it, is a bit unfair to director Patty Jenkins and everyone involved with Wonder Woman. Although, based on the trailers released so far, it looks like it will definitely live up to the hype. We do need to keep in mind that quite often, films get overhyped. So when Wonder Woman comes out, quell your expectations a bit, and just take the movie for what it is, which is hopefully one of the best superhero films we’ve gotten yet.
So how excited are you for Wonder Woman? Do you think that all of this pressure on the film is unfair to those who worked on it? Let me know by commenting on this post! Also, if you enjoyed this article, share it on Facebook and Twitter. It really helps! Don’t forget, I post every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, so check back then for more movie reviews and miscellaneous movie thoughts!
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