Something that’s come under constant fire, which includes derisive remarks from the former shepherd of the DC Extended Universe Zack Snyder, is whether or not new films in the DC canon should aspire to adapt what Richard Donner did with Superman: The Movie. A quick search of the net will bring you to all kinds of quotes about how corny, campy, and silly Donner’s take on the Superman mythology was.
But one of WB/DC’s directors that absolutely embraces what Donner pulled off with his 1978 superhero epic is Wonder Woman‘s Patty Jenkins. First there was these words she uttered to Variety earlier this year:
“Superman[: The Movie]â€™ was all about you. It was about you watching and realizing what it would feel like to have great powers and do great things. It was full of love and emotion.”
Those comments perked my ears up, because that’s something I’ve long-argued is missing from a lot of modern day superhero flicks: That sense of awe; The child-like glee of watching a hero doing amazing things that inspires you want to want to be that hero. What spoke, and continues to speak, to fans like me wasn’t the humor, the camp, or the cartoonish characters. It was the heart, the vicarious thrills, and the reassuring triumph of good or evil in a world of fantasy that looks so much like the real thing.
Jenkins took her admiration for Donner’s Superman: The Movie a step further by including a direct visual homage- One that was included in yesterday’s new Wonder Woman trailer:
As soon as that sequence began in the Wonder Woman trailer I thought, “Oh, she’s gonna do the bullet bit from Superman: The Movie.” The fact that she’s wearing a hat and glasses, just like Christopher Reeve had on in the original scene, made the connection very clear.
It’s also a cool bit of female empowerment, as its now the woman saving the defenseless man.
This isn’t the first time we’ve been told that Wonder Woman will be different from everything we’ve seen so far in the DCEU. Last month, star Gal Gadot and DC co-President Diane Nelson took time to talk about how Wonder Woman will be hopeful and aspirational while introducing a new generation of fans to a heroine that stands for “Truth, Justice, and Compassion.”
This also, coincidentally, falls in line with where new DC President Geoff Johns would love to take the DCEU.
That’s a lot to be happy about, folks.
Did you catch the Superman: The Movie homage in the Wonder Woman trailer? Are you liking how the movie is shaping up?
SOURCE: Superman Homepage