When you’re dealing with DC’s strongest female superhero, you have a lot at stake. There are a lot of ways this could have gone badly.
1. Zach Snyder and crew could have made Wonder Woman strong and the male lead, Steve Trevor, a wimp, but they didn’t. Both characters were strong, noble and worthy of the hero tag. There are no damsels in distress in this movie and I’m fine with that.
2. They could have convoluted the story line by adding too many different unrelated elements, I’m looking at you Doomsday. (Batman v Superman) But the story line made sense and came to a logical end.
3. They could have hired a virtually unknown female lead who was gorgeous but couldn’t act. Gal Gadot is gorgeous but she is a compelling actress as well. When she gets excited about something, her voice changes, there is passion in her words. She is believable and genuine. Wonder Woman is complex you will see her as strong, independent, flirty, driven, happy, angry and loving. If you’re a DC movie fan, Gal is on par with Heath Ledger’s portrayal of Joker. She’s THAT good.
4. They could have made it campy or trivial but it was important. The work that Wonder Woman did had value to humanity.
5. Whenever you put a beautiful woman in a costume you have the opportunity to focus on the physical but they didn’t. You can’t cover up that she is one of the most attractive ladies on the planet but she wasn’t made into a sex object like Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad. She was smart, powerful and principled.
I have to confess that there was one thing that really bothered me at the very end of the movie. It was really just one line that included the word, “love”. But if you take out that one bad line, this movie is a GREAT movie. Gal Gadot’s fight scenes are absolutely stunning. When the heart of Wonder Woman is revealed by a brave act or noble words, you recognize greatness. I strongly recommend this movie as one of the best superhero movies right up there with the Dark Knight and Avengers!