Wonder Woman: Biggest opening for a female director, ever. Highest rated DC film since the Dark Knight Trilogy. Amazing end credit song by Florence Welch (sung by Sia, the queen of modern hits). 93 FUCKING percent on rotten tomatoes. Discusses racism, sexism, and mental illness. A main cast that has people of color who discuss being marginalized. First ever Wonder Woman live action film.
It’s official: Gal Gadot will return for a Wonder Woman sequel which has gotten a date from Warner Bros.
The follow-up to this year’s superheroine film will hit theaters on December 13, 2019.
Talks with the Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins are ongoing.
The Wonder Woman stand-alone is holding better than any superhero film in more than 15 years at the North American box office. It has grossed more than $385 million at the domestic box office to date and is expecting to pass Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Saturday.
You know, I’ll readily admit that so far, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole has had consistently better film output than the current DC Extended Universe.
But on the other hand:
DC didn’t make Superman secretly a member of the Klan during a surge of racist and xenophobic rhetoric and politics in the US
DC also didn’t make their Jewish characters like Harley Quinn or Batwoman into pseudo-Nazis while the US is under a blatantly anti-Semitic political administration
DC also didn’t ask comic shop employees to wear T-shirts with pseudo-Nazi logos or to cover their store logos with pseudo-Nazi symbols
DC also, in my knowledge, never blamed slumping sales on being too diverse in their lineup
Which isn’t to say they haven’t had their share of tone-deaf and flat-out insulting gaffes, but when New 52 didn’t do as well as they expected I know they didn’t blame it on having a Green Lantern and a Batman who were Muslim
Marvel Studios has yet to release a solo superhero film starring a woman (Elektra is a Fox film). DC’s had two female-led cinematic releases (three if you consider Evey to be the main character of V for Vendetta), those being Supergirl and Catwoman. And yes, Supergirl and Catwoman were terrible, but at least they exist. An attempt was made
The current DC Extended Universe will also give us Wonder Woman before the MCU gives us Captain Marvel
If the current planned lineup for the DC Extended Universe holds, then their first five solo film leads will probably be two white men (Man of Steel’s Henry Cavill and presumably whoever plays Captain Marvel in Shazam!), a Jewish woman (Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot), a Native Hawaiian man (Aquaman, Jason Momoa), and a black man (Cyborg, Ray Fisher). The first solo film in the MCU with a lead who isn’t a white man will be Black Panther, their thirteenth solo film.
While Marvel was making Captain America and Magneto into HYDRA agents, DC made Snagglepuss into a gay Southern Gothic playwright because why not
While DC has its own fair share of fuckery, bad decisions, pointless, flow-wrecking crossovers, and other such garbage, at least they haven’t blown so many dog whistles at the alt-right in the past year that it’s very hard to consider it tone-deafness or coincidence at this point
So in conclusion, as we currently stand, DC’s on Marvel’s left.