In its second weekend, Wonder Woman cruised to another #1 finish at the North American box office, bringing in an estimated $57.2 million dollars.
As of June 11, Wonder Woman grossed nearly $435 million dollars, as per Box Office Mojo and has received rave reviews from critics, with many critics calling it the best movie in the DCEU so far. Currently, it holds a 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 8.2/10 on IMDB.
After seeing the movie a couple days ago, I firmly agree that Wonder Woman is the best DCEU movie so far. While that may not be saying much, considering how Man of Steel and Batman v Superman were utter flops and how atrocious Suicide Squad was, for us movie fans Wonder Woman was extremely refreshing to see, and also a good sign for upcoming DC movies in the future.
And while the movie has garnered some controversy in the Middle East, mainly because of Gal Gadot’s heritage and her having served in the Israeli military, Director Patty Jenkins should be extremely pleased with the movie.
Yet what makes Wonder Woman so very special, though, is its cultural impact.
When most people think superheroes, they think of Batman or Superman or even Spiderman.
And while these superheroes are undoubtedly some of the biggest cultural icons and symbols around the world, it’s worth noting that they are all men.
Never before had there been a real successful movie about a woman superhero or super villain. Everyone knows how much of a disaster Catwoman (2004) was. And while there have been major portrayals of some women superheroes in big movies, like Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Zoe Saldana as Gamora, most of the portrayals of women in superhero movies have been as love interests who constantly need to be saved.
Wonder Woman completely turned that conception on its head, with the titular character constantly saving several of her male adversaries, and even going up against one of the strongest male super villains in all of the DC Universe (no spoilers here). The movie showed that a female superhero can do just as much as male superheroes, and that she didn’t need to be saved.
Growing up, boys dream of being heroes like Superman and Batman. Boys see these heroes in movies and books and try to emulate them. Before Wonder Woman, there were really no movies of women superheroes for little girls to emulate. But finally, Wonder Woman has given little girls everywhere a hero to emulate.
It’s what Wonder Woman represents that makes it so special. We see women getting more and more involved politically and becoming icons of power everyday. Wonder Women is a direct representation of that. She represents the growing political shift of the world today. Women, in positions of power, are here to stay.
It’s already become the most tweeted about movie of 2017. It’s inspired a movement for women and girls everywhere. Wonder Woman is so much more than a movie. It’s become a symbol of inspiration.