The Flickering Myth team react to the latest trailer for Wonder Woman…
We got the teaser trailer for Wonder Woman at this year’s San Diego Comic Con [watch it here and our read our reaction here] and following an International trailer [watch that here], the latest trailer has landed online [watch it here]. We’ve now seen Wonder Woman’s homeland of Themyscira being attacked by soldiers, and we get a better understanding of why Diana Prince leaves with Steve Trevor to go back to mainland society to help stop the Great War.
The reaction to the SDCC trailer was fairly mixed from the Flickering Myth writing staff, but what did they make of this one?
Chris Haydon: It looks like a lot of fun. But Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looked like a lot of fun. As did Suicide Squad. I’m not falling for DC’s nonsense anymore.
Thomas O’Connor: A few dodgy effects aside, this more or less looks like the kind of film DC/WB should have been making from the beginning. The action looks solid, if perhaps over reliant on slo-mo, and I love the color pallette. But we’ve been fooled before, as already pointed out. You got a lot of good will to win back, DC. Start here.
Chris Cooper: I feel Surprisingly cold to it. Went in looking to be wowed and I didn’t get that at all.
Ben Robins: All I can think is: so. much. slow-mo. Looks colourful though, so that’s definitely a bonus!
Tai Freligh: I’m intrigued. I have a better sense now of what the plot is. Themyscira looks amazing from the small bits I saw of it and also seeing Diana amongst civilization looks like it will be fun. The last trailer hinted at the whole idea of strong women being a new concept in society, but this really gets more into it and it looks like this theme will be something to get some chuckles out of, but also encourage women to stand up for themselves, like Steve’s current secretary, who isn’t afraid to get into a bit of fisticuffs if necessary. Overall it looks good, but like has been mentioned here already, we thought Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad would be good, but the trailers sold us something that the films ended up not delivering. The one saving grace of this film may be that WB already had those other two movies out and heard all the backlash and made a course correction with Wonder Woman. My daughter is a huge Wonder Woman fan and either way, we’ll be seeing this movie when it comes out. I just hope that it doesn’t disappoint.
Jordan J. Jones: Agreed about some of the iffy CGI. Other than that, wow, what a pretty looking movie. The costumes look great, the sets, choreography, etc. The main issue with me is Wonder Woman herself. I think Gal looks great in the role, but she’s missing some range here. It’s especially noticeable next to a charismatic actor like Chris Pine. I just hope this won’t be a gorgeous movie surrounding an underwhelming lead. It’s still hard to tell.
Luke Owen: This looks like it was directed by Snyder: all style and no substance. Remember how it took New Line fifteen years to make Freddy vs Jason and then when they did we all thought, ‘was that the best you could come up with?’ And then remember when we did the same for Batman v Superman? I’m getting the same feeling with Wonder Woman. Decades of attempts, and this is the best they could put out?
Rod Bell: I smell Snyder all over this and it reeks. This is a real shame as I actually really enjoyed the last trailer and I was looking forward in seeing more of Wonder Woman. And now after this my interest is being turned down again.
Gary Collinson: I’m sold on it big time. Not as good as the first trailer, and there’s a bit towards the end where it looks like Wonder Woman is fighting somewhere reminiscent of the Doomsday battle in Batman v Superman, but aside from that it looks great. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad didn’t live up to their trailers, but I haven’t given up hope that this will.
Ricky Church: I thought this trailer looked great for the most part. While I think I like the SDCC one more, this one further shows off the film’s look and feel. I really like the cinematography and the colours seems to really pop, much more than they did in Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad. While I agree that some of the CGI looks iffy in a couple spots, I don’t really have a problem with this and hopefully it will be improved as post-production continues. Chris Pine looks like a good lead, though I wish there was maybe a bit more shown with him and Gal Gadot so we could see more of their chemistry. Gadot herself looks great and I love the shots of her deflecting the bullet and using her lasso. I’m also intrigued by the woman with the cracked face, I think that’s an interesting visual for a villain. While some of the action does seem influenced by Snyder, the set pieces and choreography from both trailers seem entertaining and really show off Wonder Woman’s skill and power.
James Garcia: Now, THIS is the kind of film DC should have been making all along – and I say that as a fan of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. This film looks fantastic, from the colors to the cinematography, the action looks solid with great doses of fun slow-mo thrown in (which, c’mon, is kinda gimmicky but looks SO good on superheroes), and it looks like it has a good balance of drama and heart. I too liked the first SDCC trailer a bit more, and am a *bit* apprehensive about what looks like yet another CGI-laden ending that takes place at night, but I’m hopeful that this movie will blow us away. Based on this alone, it really has me wishing that they treat Patty Jenkins really well and keep her around. I’d love to see what she could do with the Justice League. I’ll close by saying this: Gal Gadot IS Wonder Woman. She looks absolutely fantastic in this role and I can’t wait to see more of her.
Helen Murdoch: Intrigued but the acting looks a bit wooden and I’m worried it will just be a slow-mo fest. Great style as you can expect from DC but still a dose of humour at the end. Low expectations but hope to be surprised.
Mark Bartlett: I don’t want to sound cynical, but even though it looks great and everything this trailer still left me a little numb. Maybe it’s down to Wonder Woman feeling like it won’t have much to offer asides from a studio manipulated hybrid of Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor. They already have my money though regardless.
While most of our staff were more impressed with the SDCC trailer, many thought the new trailer made Wonder Woman look good from a visual standpoint – although many were worried about the overuse of slow-motion and “iffy CGI shots”. A few were wowed by the new trailer, but the majority are too burned by previous DCEU installments which failed to live up to their hype. This may turn out to be the one that DC get right, but perhaps we won’t know until the movie hits theaters.
What did you make of the trailer?
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman will hit cinemas on June 2nd, 2017 with a cast that includes Gal Gadot (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Chris Pine (Star Trek), Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), Robin Wright (House of Cards), Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), David Thewlis (The Theory of Everything), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Said Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), Lisa Loven Kongsli (Force Majeure) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).