Wonder Woman movie is a refreshing superhero origin story following the adventures of Diana, princess of the Amazons. Co-written by Allan Heinberg, Zach Snyder and Jason Fuchs, Wonder Woman tastefully expresses the background of a classic DC character. As a young girl, Diana lives a peaceful life on Themyscira, an Amazonian isolated island created by the gods.
However, she longs to continue the Amazon tradition of ﬁghting evil and is eager to be trained in the art of war. When ﬁghter pilot and spy, Captain Steve Trevor crash-lands on Themyscira, bringing news of World War I, Diana leaps at a chance to save humanity from the God of War. She embarks on an adventure to destroy Ares and end the brutal war.
In the DC universe, Wonder Woman is unique. She is the original demigod/earthling who comes by her superpowers naturally. She didn’t acquire her powers through an experiment gone bad, or through a special suit or ring, she didn’t develop years of training and knowledge through espionage and she isn’t an alien. Items like her indestructible Lasso of Truth and the impenetrable bracelets only enhance her already formidable powers. In a way she is like a mash-up of different superheroes; she was born with abilities, trained to perfect them like Batman, and uses gadgets like Green Lantern.
The writers stay true to Diana’s origin story; Diana thrives in the estrogen-only island hidden from the world. But notably the writers downplay the romantic elements of Diana’s attachment to Captain Trevor. Rather than displaying her love for Trevor by competing for the opportunity to accompany Trevor back to “the world of men”, Diana leaves with Trevor, driven to fulﬁll the Amazonian tradition of saving mankind from the temptations of Ares.
Other meaningful changes to Diana’s character are also notable. Wonder Woman’s original character included sexist ﬂaws, such as the impulse to obey any command from a male and the loss of her super strength if a male chained together her bracelets.
While the touching emotional moments between Diana and Trevor, and the light, humorous lines balance the action, the beautiful design of the picturesque shores of Themyscira elevates the film’s aesthetic quality. Cinematographer Matthew Jensen and production designer Aline Bonetto designed Themyscira as an utopian paradise, and the dazzling island captures the audience’s attention from the beginning of the movie. With its white sand beaches and crystal clear waters, Themyscira resembles a crossover of Hawaii and the Bahamas. Although the island architecture lacks Hellenistic inﬂuence, Themyscira makes up for it in stunning landscapes.
This is a long awaited reboot of Wonder Woman, and DC comics has successfully created a Wonder Woman 2.0. Wonder Woman’s exhilarating changes have made this a movie worth watching, as she’s not your grandma’s Wonder Woman. Zach Snyder has cleverly adapted her for the modern audience and she is an invigorating version of an insipid, outdated character.
Wonder Woman is still showing in the AMC Santa Anita theater as well as the Paciﬁc Theaters in Glendale.
[Ayiana Saunders-Newton is a rising sophomore at Westridge School for Girls.]