Believe the hype: Wonder Woman is a terrific film. It’s a moving and engaging story, focused on character, compassion, and courage. And in true DC fashion, it incorporates mythology in ways that connect to theology, with some pretty pleasing results.
2016 was a crazy year, with some of the most anticipated films being the most disappointing (Suicide Squad, Batman v Superman, X-Men: Apocalypse), while other unexpected films, such as Arrival and Kubo and the Two Strings came out to steal the light. So what will the winners be for 2017? Here are some picks to keep an eye on.
Bad sequels and one slapstick spin-off comprise this opening weekend, and the choice, if one is to be chosen at all, is rather clear.
Antiheroes are all the rage, and the Suicide Squad property has certainly ridden that wave. The New 52 reboot, unlike the film, does have its moments, even if overall it’s little more than a superfluous indulgence.
It cannot be doubted that Zack Snyder has created one of the biggest spectacles in the superhero world with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even among the negative critic reviews it continues to build its own fans, confusing the landscape for potential viewers even more. But is it really any surprise that such a polarizing film should elicit mixed opinions? Even so, there’s more going on in the film that just a gritty take on violent vigilantism.
The greatest test of the secondary characters of the Batman mythos has always been how to stand apart. Sure, people like Batgirl, Nightwing, Red Hood, etc., but is that just an extension of the Dark Knight? And if so, are these characters actually good, or are they just a knock-off stand-in similar to shoddy fan fiction?
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow has been among the most highly anticipated comic book shows around. That’s not without reason, seeing as it’s the closest fans will get to a TV Justice League, and Doctor Who vet Arthur Darvill is starring. And while it employs many of the same silly mistakes that keep Arrow and The Flash from being top-tier, it’s far from disappointing.