It is strange that for an industry obsessed with superheroes, Hollywood has only occasionally delved into making female superhero movies. Before you cry 'sexist' and 'not fair', and we won't blame you if you do so, let us also say that we cannot blame Hollywood entirely for this lack of investment into making awesome female superhero cinema. We have had movies made on Supergirl, Catwoman, and Elektra, and if you don't remember them, take that as a reason to why Hollywood never dared to make another one. Catwoman, in fact, is often deemed by many as the worst comic superhero movie ever made.
It's not that we ever had good female superheroes in movies, but they always are a part of the ensemble. There are Black Widow and Scarlet Witch in The Avengers series; we have Storm, Rogue, Mystique, Jean Grey in the X-Men series. They have been strong characters and are fan favorites, but they never get their own solo-spinoffs like Wolverine or Iron Man. For many years, Marvel fans are clamouring for a Black Widow movie, after loving Scarlett Johannson's take on the character, but there is no development on that front, even though MCU honcho Kevin Feige loves the idea.
In such a time comes Patty Jenkins and her take on Wonder Woman, starring Gal Gadot (who was earlier seen in the fifth and sixth installment of Fast and Furious franchise). Though Wonder Woman is yet to have a worldwide release, which will happen this Friday, the movie has already got high critical acclaim from early reviews. In fact, Wonder Woman is the highest critically acclaimed movie in the DC movie slate, after the Dark Knight trilogy. The movie currently has 97% score on Rotten Tomatoes which is far more higher than its cousin movies and predecessors, Man of Steel (55%), Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice (28%) and Suicide Squad (25%).
Interestingly, Wonder Woman, the character, had to make her debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, so that the audience gets acclimatised to her character. She turned out to be one of the best parts of the movie. Coming to her solo movie, we are sure the strong critical acclaim will push people into the theatres, after the disappointments over Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar's Revenge and Baywatch. But the far more important point is, will Wonder Woman's critical success inspire more film-makers to make more female superhero movies? We know that Marvel is already making a Captain Marvel movie, with Academy Award winner Brie Larson playing the lead. But can we have more movies where Black Widow, Jean Grey, Spider-Woman, Supergirl lead the show?
Maybe the earnings of Wonder Woman might also motivate the studios to encourage this. We have seen the nadir with Catwoman; I don't think we can go below that!
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