Wonder Woman came out this weekend across the country. I can say with all honesty that I have been waiting my entire life for this movie. I have always love superheroes, I want to see the good guys win. It’s also why I love procedurals like Law and Order and CSI. I see all the heroes movies that come out, but the most I could hope for was one woman on a team of four, I have dubbed the the “action ratio.” This weekend we got a movie about a woman superhero, the woman superhero. It is exciting to get and depressing that it took this long.
Wonder woman was, well, wonderful. It was cohesive, had a moral, and had a beginning, middle, and end. That is more than can be said for the last few DC movies. Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is an Amazon. She is the only child that has ever existed on the island that keeps the Amazons safe from the world of man. She is raised to be a warrior and has a strong sense of right and wrong. Diana is raised to believe that Ares, god of war, has corrupted men and needs to be stopped. When Steve Trevor, a soldier from WWI, crashes in Themyscira she feels compelled to return to London with him to stop the war.
The remainder of the film is her looking for Ares, because she believes that killing him with end the war. This is the part that gets a bit frustrating. On Themyscira she fought with women, trained with women, lived with women. In Europe she travels with four men. We get back to the action ratio pretty quickly. In fact, the only women she meets after leaving home are Etta Candy and Dr Poison. Etta is Steve’s secretary. The remarkable thing about her is that she is chubby. This is remarkable because most movies would have made her slimmer, taller, younger. This movie and director let her be who she is. Dr Poison on the other hand is a villain, if the name didn’t clue you in. She is intelligent and malicious. She has a facial deformity that I assume was caused by one of experiments. My big issue is that she doesn’t come off as a full character. We don’t get to know her motivations, desires, feelings, or background. Perhaps the sequel can address this, WWII is right around the corner after all.
I will refrain from much more plot information except to say that Wonder Woman’s exceptional compassion helps save the day. I want everyone that can to see this movie. I want to get to the point where I don’t have to be excited that a superhero movie stars a woman. I want to see a movie where there are an equal number of men and women fighting side by side. I want to see an openly LGBT hero. It took 75 years to get this movie. Please don’t let it be another 75 years before we break another barrier.