Wonder Woman - wondrous enough?

With the highly-anticipated stand-alone Wonder Woman film hitting theaters this weekend, talk has already begun about a sequel. For those of you not familiar with the old TV show, whenever Wonder Woman needed to change quickly from her street clothing to her superhero uniform, she would spin faster and faster in tight concentric circles until she became a blur on the screen.

As I watched the advanced screening of "Wonder Woman" starring Gal Gadot, a long-buried childhood memory came flooding back to me.

A gravity-defying girl with bullet-proof bracelets just wants to have fun in director Patty Jenkins' muscular introduction to the DC Comics warrior princess. "Wonder Woman" evokes not only the spirit of Richard Donner's "Superman", but also Joe Johnston's "Captain America: The First Avenger", while still being its own thing.

The reliably likable Chris Pine plays Steve Trevor, an American spy and pilot on the run from the Germans during World War I. Landing off the coast of the secret island of Themyscira, he finds a lush tropical paradise populated entirely by Amazons. She also wields a cool-looking golden lasso and yeah, that shorts-and-bustier, bracelet-and-tiara combo doesn't hurt either.

I for one would do a modern day Wonder Woman classic, adapt the graphic novel A League of One.

Crowds of comic book movie fans are expected to swarm theaters this weekend for "Wonder Woman", a superhero almost as old as Superman and Batman, but never - until now - the star of her own feature film. And even when DC tried, it tanked hard and how with Superman (Man of Steel), Batman (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) and even Suicide Squad. Another traditional if somewhat regrettable inclusion is ample fanservice: although Diana is not decked out in red, white, and blue, her gladiator-like costume still leaves plenty of flesh on display, so those whose interest in the character is based primarily on her skimpy costumes will not be disappointed. More information is expected to be released in the coming months - hopefully at San Diego Comic-Con - but for now, all of the studio's focus is on Wonder Woman itself. As for Marston, he left no ambiguity about the role he envisioned for his ink-on-paper creation, declaring in 1945: "Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world". She's buff, and even with sometimes really awful computer effects you believe this lady can lick her weight in bad guys. "You had Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron but it wasn't common to see great roles for women", she says.

"Wonder Woman" is PG-13 for a reason.

Whether you got to see Wonder Woman on opening night or not, you'll definitely enjoy these tweets.

  • Salvatore Jensen