*mild spoilers below*The DC cinematic universe has really struggled so far, unable to compete with Marvel’s re imagining of its characters and worlds.
While I loved Suicide Squad’s visual style, it fell short when it came to plot. Margot Robbie and Will Smith appeared to be the only focus, among a group of other interesting characters and the final fight scene was a typical ‘cat playing with mouse until the mouse pulls out a wild card’ situation.
I was also pretty disappointed with Batman Vs Superman and the outcome of that, although Gal Gadot’s appearance brightened up the picture a little.
So, yeah. DC hasn’t been doing all that great so far. That was until Wonder Woman.
As origin stories go, it was the perfect set up for the character and I feel like Gadot offers one of the most enjoyable portrayals of Diana Prince. I’d never really been all that interested in Wonder Woman, most interpretations in games have made her feel stuck up, self righteous and a little bit of a goody two shoes.
Gadot’s Wonder Woman however, is strong and bold and formidable but she also has a vulnerable side and her love for everyone and everything she encounters is endearing to watch.
She is a fighter but she doesn’t lose her femininity and she doesn’t try to be sexy – something that I feel other female superheroes we’ve witnessed so far, such as Black Widow, actually attempt to convey.
There’s an innocence about her and while we see her stumble later in the film, as she can’t come to terms with mankind’s penchant for war and death, she makes us realise that love and justice is worth fighting for – as cheesy as that sounds.
While watching the film, I couldn’t help but be reminded of another wonderful female character – Leeloo from the Fifth Element. She is also beautiful and innocent but also capable of inflicting real damage when wronged.She too struggled to come to terms with why she should save mankind from itself and while she got to live happily ever after with her love interest, unlike WW, in the end she realised it was worth it.
Both character’s new experiences of the world are fun to watch, as they learn new things and have a childlike innocence about them at times. They don’t quite understand why they can’t do certain things or act a certain way and while they know that they are stronger and more powerful than those around them, they would never use their strength in the wrong way.
There are other elements in the film that remind me of The Fifth Element. Etta, for example, is the bumbling but funny incarnation of Father Vito Cornelius, helping Gadot’s Wonder Woman dress and offering regular commentary on how beautiful she is. While Steve Trevor is of course Korben Dallas, a loveable rogue who can handle himself.
Throughout the film he also has to ensure Gadot’s Wonder Woman doesn’t upset the status quo, much like LeeLoo’s Korben does, and both men also try to talk them round when they lose touch with their ‘mission’.
So, basically Wonder Woman is the new Leeloo and I’m alright with that because Leeloo is one of the most pure, badass and beautiful fictional characters to ever exist.
What do you think? Can you see the likeness?