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‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer And Posters Promise Glorious Action-Packed Extravaganza
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‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer And Posters Promise Glorious Action-Packed Extravaganza

by GAMEFORCENovember 3, 2016

Warner Bros.’ unveiled a new trailer for the upcoming DCU superhero film Wonder Woman today, much to the delight of fans everywhere. Accompanying the trailer, we were also treated to the release of a collection of new posters for the film. The trailer and posters deliver rich, eye-popping colors and fantastic action imagery that left even many of the DCU’s skeptics in the media and fandom impressed and hopeful. I’ve got all of them here for you, and a quick assessment of the trailer, posters, and an early look at the film’s prospects, so read on for details!

Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Before we get into a deeper discussion, take another look at the trailer…

As noted above, the first thing that stands out is how gloriously rich and vivid are the colors, and the interplay between shadow and light. Even underwater and nighttime scenes play with deep contrast and highlights. This looks likely to be cinematographer Matthew Jensen’s finest work to date. Director Patty Jenkins seems to have struck the right tone and visual approach to Wonder Woman’s world, judging from the footage we’ve seen so far. It appears to be a thrilling mix of character drama and origin backstory colliding with action-packed war-and-fantasy storytelling.

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These posters, combined with that trailer and what we already saw of Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman earlier this year, continue to prove the casting of Gal Gadot as the iconic hero was an inspired choice. She conveys the fierceness and warrior spirit of Wonder Woman coupled with her fascination and sense of uncertainty about the “modern world.” We saw her world-weary cynicism in Batman v Superman, but now we are about to be introduced to her more idealistic, earlier nature that saw her confronting the inhumanity and senselessness of warfare that leads to her later rejection of our world. And we will no doubt get a sense of that inner call to justice which led her to join the battle in the past, and which eventually brings her out of seclusion to help Batman form the Justice League later next year.

While there’ve been a few female-led comic book superhero pictures released in the mainstream in previous years — notably Supergirl, Barb Wire, Tank Girl (not exactly “superhero” per se but we’ll count it for the sake of discussion here), Catwoman, and Elektra – none were treated with the same level of care and studio commitment as the male-led superhero films, and it’s been more than a decade since we’ve seen an attempted adaptation. This despite the fact female-led action films consistently perform well at the box office and have for decades, and particularly over the last decade-plus.

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The Resident Evil movies, the Underworld franchise, the Twilight Saga, The Hunger Games adaptations, the Tomb Raider films, the Terminator series, the Alien franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road, Snow White and the Huntsman, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, the Charlie’s Angels pictures, Salt, Lucy, and so many other franchises and movies have proven there is big box office to be made from female-driven action storytelling. Moreover, female characters in modern superhero films are popular and have constantly been the focus of fan and press demands to give them their own series — the Avengers‘ character Black Widow for example seems obviously perfectly suited for a solo outing, and Scarlett Johansson’s immense popularity among audiences and her ability to open an action picture (Lucy took $463 million worldwide in 2014), so it’s disappointing that we’re still waiting for that to happen, for example.

Wonder Woman is the most well-known, popular female superhero of all time, and among the most important and popular superheroes of any gender. She had one of the first superhero TV shows ever made, which was well-received by critics and audiences. So with the superhero genre dominating the box office for more than a decade now, and with so many superhero films released every single year, it’s frankly shocking that it took this long to get a big-screen adaptation of Wonder Woman.

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Regardless, Wonder Woman is about to arrive at long last, and hopes to set a more comfortably positive stage for the future of the shared universe. Despite constant concerns and gloomy predictions, the DCU took in more than $1.6 billion this year at the worldwide box office and $655 million domestically from two films. Batman v Supermanunderperformed but was still a hit and among the year’s biggest blockbusters, while Suicide Squad exceeded expectations and turned out to be an enormous success. Critical reception is where the DCU has run into recurring trouble so far, while audience grades for each film were a B and B+, respectively, so while it’s true the box office outcome is fine so far and laid the foundation for a successful and expansive DCU, there’s also clearly room to improve the reception overall to ensure the success of the entire venture.

Based on what we’ve seen and heard so far, Wonder Woman seems to be a fun-filled, colorful, fantasy-driven comic book popcorn movie with a heart, which is just what the doctor ordered for the DCU. Warner has been determined to “course-correct” for these films after the critical backlash and fan complaints, and Wonder Woman is the first true test of those attempts. Justice League will follow it up with a further move toward a more uplifting, fun-and-excitement approach to adapting DC Comics to film. There’s still seriousness where it should be serious, there are still mature themes where there should be mature themes, but there’s also a more explicit attempt to appeal to an all-ages audience and make you leave the theater wanting to see it again for the thrill of it all.

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With the mythical origins on Themyscira, the intrusion of the World War on the Amazon’s island, the tragedy that sends Princess Diana off to join the battle against evil threatening the planet, the war setting’s many big action sequences, Wonder Woman adjusting to modern society outside of her own world, and a romance angle as well as comic relief, Wonder Woman has terrific variety and uniqueness to stand out among the DCU pictures. If the trailers, posters, and other images released so far paint an accurate portrait, then Jenkins has delivered the Wonder Woman film we’ve waited a lifetime to receive, and the DCU will definitely benefit from the boost it provides.

The June 2 release date — moved up from June 23 to avoid a needless head-to-head with Transformers: The Last Knight — gives Wonder Woman an optimal summer weekend position to exploit. Typically the top film in this scheduling spot takes anywhere from $30-50+ million domestically, as the post-Memorial Day weekend acts as a sort of calm before the true rush of summer movies elbowing for space at the multiplexes. However, a big superhero film with as much anticipation and historic relevance as Wonder Woman, combined with strong positive buzz and the right marketing push, has a chance to break out and set a record for the post-Memorial Day weekend.

Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Image courtesy of Warner Bros

Make no mistake, a North American $50+ million opening would be great for this calendar space and suggest a very healthy final box office cume for the film, since the budget of $100-120 million means it has a lot more breathing room, obviously. But I will bet good money Wonder Woman opens well north of that typical early-June range, especially if it enjoys good reviews and positive audience word-of-mouth.

It’s still way too early to try to accurately predict any sort of final box office ranges, of course, but historic box office trends plus the genre’s typical performance and certain other factors at least allow us to offer a few early, broad guesses, which is what I’m doing here. So I’ll go way out on that “too early but let’s do it for fun anyway” limb and say Wonder Woman has a chance to open in the $65-75 million domestic range, depending on just how positive the reviews are and how well the marketing holds up (so far so good in that department). Of course, it could wind up millions of dollars higher or lower than that, but this is just a best guess that I won’t remotely suggest is anything more than that, and we have to wait a few more months before we can seriously begin to dig into the numbers and see where things could really be headed.

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There are of course other corners of the DCU where recent news might not bode so well — The Flash lost director Rick Famuyiwa, as you’ve no doubt heard — but I’ll be talking more about that in an upcoming article, so stay tuned for more on that front. For now, fans can enjoy the wonderful trailer and three awesome posters we got today, and be happy that things definitely seem to be going well for Wonder Woman, so whatever concerns might exist for other projects that doesn’t change the fact 2017 is set to deliver two huge releases that should go a long way toward earning good will for the DCU, The Batman will begin production in several months, and certain other projects are taking shape and we’ll have news about those very soon!

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What was your reaction to the Wonder Woman trailer and posters, dear readers? Sound off in the comments below!

Source: Forbes

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