The latest comic book to come to life is DC’s “Wonder Woman,” which opened Friday (June 2) to some of the best reviews for any movie this year. Patty Jenkins, who directed Charlize Theron to an Oscar in “Monster,” helmed this latest entry in the DC Extended Universe. Her credentials as a serious filmmaker have propelled the film to a jaw-dropping score of 96 at Rotten Tomatoes. That easily outpaces the acclaim for the Marvel movies “Iron Man” (94) and “The Avengers” (92).
Many critics heaped praised on the performance of Gal Gadot as the title character. She first played the part of the crime-fighting Amazon princess in last summer’s critically reviled “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” While reviewers slammed that film by Zach Snyder, which pitted the Caped Crusader (Ben Affleck) against the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill), Gadot had been singled out as the one bright spot.
In this stand-alone entry, the backstory of the ageless Princess Diana is detailed. A century ago, she was training to be an Amazonian warrior on the island of Themyscira when World War I flying ace Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash landed. She helps him with his mission, which requires her to assume the alter-ego of Diana Prince and pursue a German general bent on using deadly gas.