I don’t think it bears repeating that we live in the Golden Age of Superhero Films — but for the sake of discussion, I repeated it anyway. Each year, for the past few years we’ve been treated to a handful of these comic book movies from the big studios. If you grew up when I did, you were lucky to get one in a three to five-year span. Nowadays, they’ve become a tried-and-true aspect of the industry, for better or worse.
Of course, this is a bit of a double-edged sword. While fans are thrilled to see more and more of their heroes hit the big screen, over time, we’re bound to see some real repetitive tropes on these films. Heck, We’re already seeing it. While Marvel’s films are beloved, there is no getting around the fact that their films (especially their origin stories) have very specific tropes and formulas. Good guy has a problem and is flawed, good guy gets powers, fights bad guy, and overcomes flaw in some way. It’s a formula that’s worked in Hollywood for decades, and it’s served Marvel even better.
But just because it’s become the norm, doesn’t necessarily mean it has a place in every superhero origin story. In fact, it’s something that the folks over at DC Films seem intent on avoiding. Speaking with ComicBook.com, producer Charles Roven discussed this very idea:
"We're hoping honestly that you won't say that when you see any of these movies. Get powers, fight bad guys. And one of the reasons honestly that I think that all of these characters have been around for so long is that they touch people both being inspirational and aspirational in more ways than just that."
This makes sense. While Man of Steel was an origin story, it didn’t have those traditional tropes either (though some might say it resulted in somewhat of a boring interpretation of Superman, though that is not a sentiment I share), and both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad worked with completely unique structures (again, for better or worse). So what makes Wonder Woman different? How are they avoiding that same pitfall?
"For Wonder Woman, what was really intriguing to us was the mythology of her past and attempting to blend both the canon from the past with the New 52 and really come up with a compelling story for Diana and her hero's journey.”
Of course, that’s generally the case with most comic book characters. Rarely are they pulled wholesale from one interpretation, but for those who were looking to see where this version of the character drew her influence from, it sounds like it’ll be a healthy mishmash. So what of her emotional journey? Ultimately, the biggest criticism in the DCEU so far has to do with its characters. What emotional journey will we see Diana go on?
"Wonder Woman has elements of being naïve of what she thinks her mission in life is, and she goes on a tremendous learning process to ultimately become the woman that we're going to meet in Batman v Superman. Right now, in Batman v Superman, she's really a mystery. She's compelling and wonderful to watch, and when we see her don the outfit, it's fantastic, but we don't really know a lot about her background, so she's mysterious. We answer those questions on how she became who she became and why."
"It's a journey of discovery that's way more profound than just learning that she's got physical abilities that others don't have. It's about helping mankind and being a symbol of all the things you could accomplish without war."
Thus far, all the trailers for this film have been quite promising, and we can only hope that the film ends up living up to the quality of those trailers, and more importantly, the quality that fans have been expecting from this shared universe all along.
What do you think of these comments? Does it sound like this take on Wonder Woman will be one worth watching? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2, 2017.
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