This might seem like an overly obvious statement, but I really hope Wonder Woman is good. The new trailer came out yesterday, offering us our first glimpse at the bad guys (one is a curiously masked female who might be a WW villain named Doctor Poison and the other is Danny Huston as a German) as well as confirming the film will contain a flashback framing device, i.e., the modern day Diana we met in Batman v Superman will look at some old pictures and flash back to that time she fell in love with Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and kicked serious ass during WWI. It all looks perfectly promising just as the first trailer did. Gal Gadot commands your attention. Pine appears perfectly amenable to playing the mansel in distress. The WWI setting is a nice change of pace for the genre, going even further back in history than Captain America: The First Avenger. The secretary character again has a somewhat flat joke at the end of the trailer, and we again hear that simultaneously awesome and goofy Wonder Woman guitar riff theme from BvS.
I’m not an expert in all things Wonder Woman. I can’t really do a deep, frame-by-frame analysis of the trailer to break down all of the easter eggs for you, not that I particularly want to do that with any trailers anymore. Vulture gets paid the big bucks to do that kind of thing. Head over there if that interests you. I also have not obsessively been tracking plot rumors throughout production. So, I can’t do a Wikipedia-esque summary of the film’s production history, although at this point surely we’re all familiar with the basics (e.g., original director Michelle MacLaren did pre-production for a couple of months before quitting, replaced by Patty Jenkins).
What I can do is re-affirm the obvious, namely that I really want this movie to be good. I just can’t quite give myself over to enthusiastic anticipation, though. Not after BvS. Not after Suicide Squad. Not after that anonymous letter from a former WB employee argued this film is just as big of a mess as BvS and Suicide Squad. Not after my years and years of never really caring about Wonder Woman as an actual character but instead merely admiring her as a feminist icon (albeit a rather troubling one at that) and deeply important figure in comic book history.
But, gosh, wouldn’t it be really awesome if this movie is, well, awesome? The hype rarely matches the end product anymore, making it easy to give in to cynicism, but hasn’t Wonder Woman done enough to now earn our optimism?
No. Again, not to belabor the point, but Bvs and Suicide Squad. That’s all you need to say. Until Wonder Woman proves us wrong we have no reason to give any of these WB movies the benefit of the doubt, regardless of behind the scenes changes (e.g., Geoff Johns is in charge now, not Zack Snyder). This new trailer makes this look like a fairly good movie, but we’ve been there before.
Wonder Woman comes out June 2, 2017.