Saturday, August 28, 2010

Wonder Woman (2009)

Spoiler Level: Medium

WOW, was that violent.  Not necessarily gory, although there is some blood; and a lot of the more gruesome things are shown in shadow.  But this movie takes full advantage of its PG-13 rating.

This video is an origin story for Wonder Woman, setting her in modern times.  It uses the full Greek mythology, which I always thought worked best for Wonder Woman as it gives her more depth and a rich history to draw from.  The Amazons are fierce warriors... hence a lot of sword combat and the aforementioned violence.

And Nathon Fillion is absolutely fantastic as Steve Trevor.  Steve has a rough time, as the Amazons of Themyscira have been betrayed by Ares, the God of War, giving them a general resentment of men, but Fillion's trademark humor carries Steve through it quite nicely.

Sadly, I've heard that the sales of this DVD weren't as high as the previous Batman, Superman and Justice League OVAs, so there aren't any plans to do any more.  Which is a real shame.  Wonder Woman is the #3 character in the DCU, as iconic in US pop culture as Batman and Superman, and this video shows she can easily hold her own as the star.  I have no doubt that Warner Brothers will change their mind and make another one when the big-budget Hollywood movie comes out in 2013 (assuming that they're still making DCU OVAs at that point), but with a new DVD being released every four months, four years is way too long to give Wonder Woman a second shot.
And as to that big budget movie in 2013, well, I can only hope that Hollywood will do as good as a job as this movie did!

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