Coming Soon: The original comic book heroine

Becky Aurit

Happy New Year!

In 2016:

I went to New York, and did not see "Hamilton"
I went to Chicago, where I did see "Hamilton"
I went to Las Vegas, where I saw a wax Ben Affleck and the real Magic Johnson

I also saw a lot of movie trailers in 2016. To close out the year, I decided to watch the trailer for "Wonder Woman"; one of the most hyped trailers of 2016, and one of the most anticipated movies of 2017.

(Click on the title to watch the trailer)

Wonder Woman

As a kid, I had the "Wonder Woman" origin story as a read-along book and tape combo, and I used to listen to it obsessively. I listened to it so much, that I think my Dad still has the dialogue memorized, along with my other favorite tape, where Strawberry Shortcake sang show tunes.

Of course, this means I am hoping for good things for the "Wonder Woman" movie, but after "Batman v. Superman" and "Suicide Squad", I am more than a little hesitant to get my hopes up for "Wonder Woman". Unfortunately, the DC Extended Universe films to date have been both bad and boring.

After watching the trailer for "Wonder Woman" a few times, however, I'm starting to get cautiously optimistic about this movie.

First, even though she's not the greatest actor, I have a bit of a soft spot for Gal Gadot. You know by now how I love the Fast/Furious franchise, and the fact that Gal Gadot was in several of those movies means she knows her way around an action sequence.

Chris Pine is my fourth favorite action movie Chris, but he's still okay. He's pretty entertaining in the new Star Trek movies, so it's not like we'll be putting up with 2 and a half hours of Henry Cavill-level boring in "Wonder Woman".

The action sequences look great. Wonder Woman even deflects bullets with her shield! The costumes are gorgeous, and the sets are too.

My only concern is that since the movie is set during World War I, it is unlikely that Wonder Woman will have her famous invisible robot plane in "Wonder Woman". I don't think invisible robot plane technology was developed until the 1950s.

"Wonder Woman" will be released on June 2. Regardless of whether it ends up being a hit or a disappointment, it will definitely have a big impact on our Summer Season cineplexes.