"Wonder Woman" brings optimism to the dreary DC films

The only grace note in the generally clunky Wonder Woman is its star, the five-foot-ten-inch Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot, who is somehow the flawless blend of superbabe-in-the-woods innocence and mouthiness.

"Gal Gadot may be an Israeli, but we want to watch a movie about the incredible character of Wonder Woman", it said. With a female director, Patty Jenkins, at the helm, Diana isn't even photographed to elicit slobbers.

While doing press for Wonder Woman, Chris Pine poked fun at DC's competition, particularly the upcoming film Avengers: Infinity War.

Lebanon and Israel are still technically in a state of war, and the Arab League maintains a Damascus-based office responsible for coordinating a regional boycott of the Jewish state.

Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gabot as Amazonian princess Diana Prince and Star Trek Beyond's Chris Pine as USA spy Steve Trevor.

A similar campaign against another movie where Gadot played the role of Wonder Woman a year ago, "Batman v Superman", never turned into an outright ban.

It's also a little disappointing that the film doesn't have the courage to follow through on its best idea, which is that Diana's belief in humanity's essential goodness is challenged by the complexity of the mortals she encounters.

The exceptional "Wonder Woman" has blazed a trail. Israeli-born star Gal Gadot, who plays Diana, aka: Wonder Woman, in both films, was the best part of "Batman v. Superman", and she continues to prove why she was cast in this coveted role. With her scene-stealing appearance in last year's "Batman vs. Superman", it was clear Gadot could ably fulfill the duties of the hero: smart, sassy, strong, and in need of no man's aid. She's a treat here with her raspy accented voice and driving delivery.

All three of them work together to make it the success it is.

It's not the first time that Lebanon has debated whether to screen Gadot's films. She is also a potential contender to step into the shoes of a notable superhero.

Against the wishes of her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), Diana accompanies Trevor back to Europe, where German commandant Ludendorff (a sneering Danny Huston) plots to win the First World War by wiping out any and all opposition with a monstrous new chemical weapon designed by the malevolent Dr. Maru (Elena Anaya, of Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In).

One of the astounding aspects of "Wonder Woman" is that, whereas Nolan enjoyed the freedom of creating a standalone trilogy, Jenkins is saddled with one of the most uninteresting and punishing franchises in the business right now, the D.C. cinematic universe.

You may be surprised by how little time we get with certain characters, and yet they all fulfill their objective beautifully.

Although Wonder Woman is the physical equal to Superman, Jenkins also believes it was important to show that her version of the character finds her deepest strength in such positive emotions as love.

For Jenkins, it wasn't an easy road to get "Wonder Woman" made, though she persisted for years with Warner Bros. - since 2004 to be exact.

As if fans needed something else to get excited over Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins shared a new poster on Twitter.

"It was the irony of the movie that the assumption is: How did I make her tough and cool?" I'm interested in the Wonder Woman that I grew up with.

  • Salvatore Jensen