By directing the next DCEU project after the critically slammed Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, director Patty Jenkins is treading on eggshells that are cracked over thin ice, while simultaneously trying to avoid slipping on banana skins, spinning plates and juggling audience expectations. Putting the ridiculous mental image aside and cutting to the chase, Jenkins has an unenviable task ahead of her.
Her case wasn’t helped recently when an open letter surfaced from an anonymous source, claiming to be a former Warner Bros. employee. , claiming the film was a “mess.” This prompted the 45-year-old to outright refute the allegations, claiming they were part of a smear campaign.
A Deliberate Smear Campaign?
Smear campaign or not, the recent “leak” points to the high pressured environment that Wonder Woman is released into. Gal Gadot’s performance in BvS — where she was elegant, fierce and hands-down a standout positive within the poorly reviewed film — has almost made her a figure for redemption following Suicide Squad falling like an eccentric lead balloon.
With the DCEU currently spluttering into life, many have felt . News of the letter would’ve been met with a sinking feeling of a sense we’ve been here before — hyped up only to be left disappointed — but Jenkins’ response shows integrity, and a belief in her craft.
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The “transparent” agenda Jenkins mentions could refer to the near hysteria that has resulted from the clash between critical acclaim and audience satisfaction. For all the bad reviews BvS received, many fans thoroughly enjoyed the movie (though there are question marks about its editing following the Unlimited Edition release). Suicide Squad, too, has , with Jenkins herself coming to the film’s defence.
Is Wonder Woman A Lose Lose Project?
It begs the question whether or not for Wonder Woman, it really is a lose lose outcome. If the film performs anything other than exceptionally well, it’ll be viewed as another failure, another notch on the list of “failed” DCEU films. If it’s a huge success, it’s delivering everything that we’d expect movies of this magnitude to deliver.
And in some ways, this is the downside of a shared universe — the added baggage that comes from the films before it. Wonder Woman has heaps of potential, and . Not only does Gal Gadot epitomize a strong female lead, but early plot lines and the breathtaking Comic Con trailer suggest she’ll be treated in exactly the same way as her male counterparts, something that unfortunately isn’t the norm when it comes to superhero movies.
Rather than excited anticipation to see Diana Prince kick ass on the big screen, news like the recent “open letter” just add to the more of an apprehension than excitement. Wonder Woman could come to the rescue, but does she have to? A string of poorly reviewed films before it has resulted in the desire for the film to “save” the DCEU, but is that an unrealistic expectation?
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Can’t we be satisfied if Warner Bros. and Jenkins achieve one thing and delivers on its promise to bring Wonder Woman to the screen in a way worthy of her comic book roots?
Previously, we’ve highlighted the reasons why the film can have an impact on many levels. As well as a strong female lead, its focus on action, deviation from Hollywood stereotypes and a powerful and complex character can make Wonder Woman a memorable film. If it managed to achieve that, nothing else will matter.
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