This review has been a long time coming, so I finally had to sit down and just type it out
About the deviation:
The first time I tried to draw this Wonder Woman (shortly after I saw the movie) I just couldn't get it to look like her. I probably tried over a half dozen times until I finally gave up. I had seen the movie many times during the first two months. One of the first things I did was convert it to play on my iPod. But then some time went by and I didn't see it again for awhile, but when I did I pulled out some paper and pencil and tried again. Much like with Princess Kida I got her down with just one sketch, thankfully I didn't wait three years to try again like I did with Kida
I think I've pretty much seen every animated incarnation of Wonder Woman that's ever come out. The old Superfriend series(es) which weren't really drawn nor animated that well, but that's what I saw when I was a kid so I liked it because I didn't know no better
Then they came out with the Super Powers Galactic Guardians show. By then I had seen shows like He-Man, GI Joe, Transformers, and especially Mighty Orbots so I knew it was possible to have good drawing and animation, so I could tell that the Superfriends were drawn much better, though the animation wasn't that much improved. But I had never seen Wonder Woman look better in a cartoon, she looked a lot like she did in the comics (which I had only started collecting at that point, but it would be a few years still before I started dropping $50 to $100 a month on them, ah, the good ol' days
Then there was that one episode of the short Ruby Spears (the dudes that did Thundarr --damn I was not old enough to appreciate just how fine THAT Princess Ariel was back then
) Superman series she came out in. And I just found out they finally released that series on DVD, so I'm basically going to get just for that one episode, heheheh. But I actually did like the series, though I can hardly remember most of the episodes. And she looked a little better than she did in Super Powers show, and I certainly remember that episode because it was one of my few VHS tapes that managed to survive for almost twenty years, and I've seen that episode bunches of times
Plus it's also one of the few episodes you can download or find on youtube, though in very crappy quality.
Then of course Bruce Timm's Justice League came along with the best Wonder Woman, character-wise. I still would have prefered a more "normal" character design for her, but this was the Timm-verse so I was used to his designs by then. That's why I'm loving (well most of) the new DCU movies they're doing. The first few movies still looked very "animated" but with the Wonder Woman movie they actually pulled back quite a bit on that style. In fact I would say the design is more like "Avatar The Last Airbender", but without the anime-esque-ness
So yeah, this is the best Wonder Woman, both in design and character that has come out in any medium. She also looks better than the Wonder Woman in the Crisis Justice League movie, in fact, I think that design is a step back from this Wonder Woman, even though there's not that big a difference between the two, this one just looks better
My review for Wonder Woman (DC Universe movie)
*****There will be tons of spoilers so read no further if by some insane reason you have not yet seen this movie
Up until "Justice League Crisis on Two Earths" came out, Wonder Woman was my favorite DCU movie, but then again, maybe it still is. I just watched it again a few days ago to refresh my memory to write this review and I still love it
Lauren Montgomery is not just the go-to director for these movies, but she is the best director. It can't be a coincidence that my favorite movies are also the best ones (based on my little humble opinion of course
) ; Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Justice League Crisis which all happen to be directed (or co-directed - JL Crisis) by her. She is definitely Da Woman
Anyway, my favorite part of the movie is actually the opening battle, which doesn't feature Wonder Woman at all
But it's just the perfect set up for the Amazons and the story to come. And they really took advantage of the PG-13 as far as all the on-screen deaths go, but then they took a PG route when it came to cursing, "crap" being the only bad word I think. Maybe I'm just too old for my own good, but "shit" would have worked a whole lot better
If Wolverine can say "shit" why can't Wonder Woman?
But they do hide the blood that would surely be spread out across such battlefields in most any other movie.
They don't really show us how strong the amazons actually are, but it sure looks like Queen Hippolyta is a little stronger than the average amazon, the way she was kicking all that ass....all she needed was some bubblegum to chew. And this is also the best Hippolyta like in EVER
Not that there really is much competition, but seeing the Queen in action was a very welcome change from JLU Hippolyta and gives you no doubt as to why she is The Queen. They also used the battle to establish most of the main characters in the story, not just Hippolyta and Ares, but Artemis, Persephone, and Alexa, who do play vital if not big parts in the story.
And the cast was excellently chosen for the parts they play. Usually when you have so many big names there is bound to be a miscasting among them, but damn if all the actors were spot on for their characters. I never seen "Waitress" which both Keri Russell and Nathan Fillion were in, but they have really good chemistry as Diane and Steve Trevor, in fact, Mr. Fillion is perfect as Steve and of course being Nathan Fillion, provides most of the humor throughout the movie. And I like that instead of rescuing Steve when he crash lands on Themyscira Diana basically kicks his ass. Well, she actually kicks something else
That crotch kick would have worked a lot better if they already hadn't done that gag (and done it much better) during the opening battle scene. Here it just seemed a little bit overkill. I mean, c'mon, how many times over is an amazon stronger than Steve and she kicks him in the nuts
To me it was a bit more drastic than the beheadings.
But I digress. The following interrigation scene was much better played and I love how they did the Contest. The look of the amazons reminds me a lot of the Spartans in 300, though unfortunately with a lot less skin showing
And I don't know about anyone else but I totally love the nose they gave Diana, it just gives her so much character. And you would never expect that kind of nose on a heroine, much less a beautiful one, it's the type of nose reserved for wicked step mothers and evil witches .... uh, you know what I mean
But on Wonder Woman it just works and really separates her from all the other WW incarnations. That nose was also the pain in my ass the first time I tried drawing her
I had no problem with the existence of the Invisible Jet never being explained.... Okay, it irked me for about half the movie but then I was cool with it. There are a lot of things that aren't specified in the movie. Have the amazons been around for centuries or millenia? Is Diana 18 or 1800? Is she just as strong as the other amazons are stronger, being Hippolyta's daughter or does the Wonder Woman armor make her stronger? And these things don't really need to be explained.
Another thing I love about this movie is that it easily could have devolved into a cliched "girl power" thing. Well, with an army of amazons and the main hero of the movie being female it certainly does have the girl power going for it, but it's never presented in a "take that" kind of way. This is a superhero origin story where the hero is a woman. And even Diana's rants about the treatment of women and man's world never come off as preachy. If there's one thing I cannot stand is preaching.
Oh, and I am so stealing Etta Candy's hairdo for one of my own characters. So I don't want anyone accusing me of stealing it from this movie later on, I am now telling you my deliberate intentions to steal it right now
There is just something about it I just love. It's probably the best drawn short hairdo I've ever seen. Though when I use it it's not going to be blonde
And I just love Wonder Woman's design. Her nose in particular. The subtle details to an outfit that has been around for ages. It's the same yet new at the same time. And I don't mind that she doesn't fly even though I prefer flying Wonder Woman
I just didn't miss it in this movie.
The animation throughout the whole movie is pretty solid with one or two hiccups. And Wonder Woman's action scenes are really good. Her battle with Deimos is my particular favorite but all the battles are well orchestrated, with the exception of the battle at the Underworld gate. It just looks like they cut parts of it out for some reason. There are a couple of moments where it just doesn't flow smoothly.
And speaking of the Underworld, I read a couple of comments saying that Hades was a stereotypical gay character
I just gotta ask these people "What kind of gay people do you know?!" Hades is perhaps the most non-gay character in the whole movie. If anything he is nothing but a gluttony sloth (yes I just used one deadly sin to describe another
) And wearing a toga certainly isn't gay for a Greek god
The final battle was a real payoff. The amazons returning for battle, Wonder Woman vs Ares, Steve saving Themyscira with invisible missiles
And that mini arc with Artemis and Alexa was surprisingly touching. And the hero gets the guy
It's a no brainer that they left it open for a sequel. This version of Cheetah looks awesome! I only hope it doesn't take them that long to do another one.
So there really isn't anything to complain too much about. All the main characters were fairly well developed or just enough that they added weight to the scenes they were in.
And for whatever reason those scared little bitches in Hollywood are delaying a Wonder Woman live action movie, they just ran out of excuses. Bruce Timm and Lauren Montgomery have just shown them how a Wonder Woman movie should be made. This is the screenplay they're looking for! They just need to find their balls and screw on their courage.... or would that be find their courage--