Wonder Woman 1984 is insane in a way that superhero movies don’t have the nerve these days.
It reminded me of that in its fairytale tone, 1980s attitude, and moral seriousness Superman iiand in other ways it reminded me of it Batman returns. Nobody received the memo that in the era of the shared universe of Marvel and DC movies, comic book movies have to be based on irony, cynicism, or both.
Indeed, WW84 – the only title that appears on the screen – hardly recognizes that it is meant to be part of a common universe.
Directed by Patty Jenkins. Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen and Lilly Aspell. Warner Bros. / DC.
Artistic / entertainment value
Moral / spiritual value
+2 / -2
Teens & Up
Action violence; brief sensuality and implicit illegitimate sex; short bad language, including an example of profanity.
Remember Bruce Wayne took a picture of Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor from the time of WWI Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and sent to Diana Prince to connect with a mysterious superwoman who may be needed again? (If you don’t remember? “WW84 pleasantly distracts “could be all you need to know.)
This type of detective work suggests Diana (Gal Gadot) has been holding back for the past century, doesn’t it? I won’t say that WW84 completely forgets about that, but I’m not saying that it really worries about it.
WW84 The comic fates and desires of these characters are gracefully presented along with a DC Comics MacGuffin named Dreamstone (who might remind viewers of Marvel’s Infinity Stones, although, as with most DC / Marvel convergences, DC hits DC first hat) elegantly combines simple plot that gives us two classic Wonder Woman villains – along with a global crisis of near-infinite war.
After a prologue review of Diana’s native Themyscira, in which the eager young Diana (played again by Lilly Aspell, now 13) learns a tough lesson about abbreviations and deceiving the truth from her aunt Robin Wright’s strict General Antiope, we catch up with Diana , nearly 70 years after her exploits in World War I, she worked at the Smithsonian in ancient times, making the occasional superhero. (Without staying out of the news, she probably doesn’t leave much photo or video evidence that Bruce Wayne can overlook.)
It’s a good thing, I think, that Wonder Woman isn’t much more than a rumor or an urban legend because Diana Prince isn’t a secret identity. Glamorous, confident, physically capable, Diana makes no move to hide behind a facade of Clark Kent shyness or Don Diego’s foppish decadence. She doesn’t even wear Lynda Carter glasses like they did in 1918.