I have been excited for Wonder Woman ever since I finally watched Batman v Superman. I didn’t hate BvS, but Wonder Woman was one of my favorite parts of the movie. Gal Gadot had a limited role in Batman v Superman, but I wanted to see more of her Wonder Woman.
I’m happy to say that my excitement didn’t come up void. Wonder Woman was a really good movie, easily the best of the DCEU. Gal Gadot effortlessly carries the movie as the Amazonian princess. She wasn’t as iconic as Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, but she could definitely grow into the role as Chris Evans has his. I wasn’t sure about Evans as Captain America, but now I can’t picture anyone else as Cap. Gadot could put the same stamp on Wonder Woman.
Here are some thoughts I had while watching Wonder Woman.
Humans are broken. That’s a reality Steve Trevor knows when he lands in Themyscira and it’s a reality that Diana learns once she enters the world of humanity. Humans were never supposed to be broken; God intended us to live in a perfect world in perfect relationship with him. However, sin has broken everything and Diana makes it her mission to find the source of all the brokenness she sees. Unfortunately, that’s an impossible task even for the greatest Amazonian warrior.
In the DC universe, the saviors take the form of heroes, which is the one part of the DC universe to which I’m drawn. I love that Wonder Woman is a beacon of light and goodness in the world. My favorite scene in the movie shows Wonder Woman leading the way and others following her. I literally had goose bumps as Diana led men across a battlefield for the sole purpose of doing the right thing. We don’t have Diana, daughter of Hippolyta to follow, but we do have Jesus, Son of God.
Wonder Woman is definitely a movie that empowers women. I worked with teenage girls for 16 years and wanted nothing more than to let them know that they could do whatever they want. Granted, Wonder Woman saves the world in a corset and skirt, but even wearing a full-length dress, Diana stands out in a world of men. I always wanted our female students to know that their value wasn’t determined by the men in their lives, but by their Father in heaven. Wonder Woman is a great way to empower women and tell young girls that they can change the world, but for anybody, our complete fulfillment will only come from our identity in Christ.
I really enjoyed Wonder Woman. It had a lot more hope than any other movie in the DCEU. If Batman and Superman only wanted to fight, then Wonder Woman just wants to make the world a better place. That’s the kind of hero I can support and I can’t wait to see Wonder Woman take her place in the Justice League.
What did you think of Wonder Woman?