Diana, Diana, Diana, I Would Die for You

Wonder Woman – I hadn’t seen any of the last few movies based on DC Comics (I don’t think I have since the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy), and I hadn’t heard good things about them. I got the impression they tried too hard to be dark and gritty. I had heard many positive things about this movie, though, and I did quite enjoy it. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman is a very charismatic character.

Having been raised on an isolated island of Amazons, women who are both skilled in battle and highly book-educated, she is quite capable and intelligent, but still naive and overly idealistic about some aspects of the outside world. And she was attractive without really getting much into fan-service, which I found appropriate for her. The earliest Wonder Woman comics came out during World War II, and Diana left her island home with an American officer named Steve Trevor who crash-landed there.

For the movie, Steve and his crash landing still happen, but the setting was changed to World War I, perhaps because it’s much less commonly portrayed in modern popular fiction.

The real-life General Erich Ludendorff, one of the most important German leaders in the war, was one of the main villains, but his portrayal was largely fictionalized.

He’s assisted by Dr. Poison, a character from the original comic who was originally Japanese, but was changed to Spanish for the film. They plan to use mustard gas made with hydrogen to ensure a German victory in the last days of the war. In order to thwart this plot, Steve and Diana team up with the typical ragtag bunch of misfits, in this case a spy whose main passion is acting, a Scottish marksman, and a Native American smuggler. Along the way, we get some action scenes, including plenty of opportunities for Wonder Woman to deflect bullets with her bracelets. While Trevor sacrifices himself to destroy the gas, Diana has an epic battle with the god Ares, played by Remus Lupin from the Harry Potter movies. Hmm…the mythological Remus was the son of Ares/Mars, wasn’t he? Ares tries to convince Diana that humanity is inherently corrupt, so she should join him to eradicate them. While she has her doubts about humans, she isn’t swayed by his ideas. What’s especially crazy is that he’s still trying to win her over when dressed in his obviously evil battle armor. I suppose he’s never been one of the smartest gods in the pantheon. The mythology given in the movie is that Ares killed all the other Olympian gods, and Diana presumably kills him. Maybe DC is setting the stage for the New Gods. Diana is revealed to be the daughter of Zeus by Queen Hippolyta, although the original back story about her being made of clay is retained as what Hippolyta tells her to hide the truth. Wonder Woman’s lasso appears quite a bit, although it’s never really used in the full-bondage way of which Diana’s creator William Moulton Marston was so fond. Etta Candy shows up as Steve’s English secretary, and while she is fat, her candy obsession isn’t a factor.

The invisible plane is nowhere to be seen. Okay, that’s normal, but it’s not even incorporated into the story. There was also a lack of giant kangaroos, although the island of Themyscira still looked quite impressive.

It’s interesting that Steve finds the island when flying out of Turkey when the historical Themiscyra (yeah, the spelling is slightly different) was actually in what’s now that country. Anyway, I know a lot of people are probably sick of superhero movies by now, but I recommend this one.

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