- and it is now my favorite Wonder Woman rendition.
Its only competition, for me, were the George Perez version, the Denny O'Neil and Mike Sekowsky version, and the Linda Carter TV version. Those were the only times I paid attention to Diana as a solo character, though I always enjoyed her in the Justice League.
What made the movie work for me was first and foremost Gal Gadot. She was absolutely tremendous. Truly iconic.
Second was the action scenes. I loved them. That technique of coming to a complete stop, waiting a beat, then resuming at normal speed was highly effective.
Third was World War I. To set a movie in World War I was such a treat for me. I admit I was surprised by the unapologetic portrayal of the Germans as villains. But it worked for me. In real life they were certainly the aggressors.
Fourth was the faith question. I never believed the German general was Ares, which made it poignant to see Diana so convinced she was right that he was. Steve Trevor never believed it either, and I was sure he was right, which set up an unusual dynamic where the star of the movie is wrong and the main secondary character is right. (That rarely happens.)
Fifth was Steve's heroic death. Since he lived during World War I, he was never going to be alive in the modern day unless sci-fi or magical measures were taken, and I'm glad the decision instead was to let him be dead, but to make his death mean something. Oh, and Chris Pine, whom I had totally enjoyed previously as Captain Kirk, was very different as Steve Trevor, and impressive. It was great to have a movie where the star was the main hero but not the only hero.
Sixth were the Howling Commandos - uh, or whatever we should be calling them. Steve's buddies. I never expected a squad of morally grey antiheroes to be part of this movie. It was cool.
Seventh was Diana's godly power. It differentiates her from Superman in a new way, instead of her only real difference being the lasso. Concussive blasts and the ability to catch and return energy attacks are things the movie Superman can't do.
Eighth was Etta Candy. Loved her.
I could go on but I have to get back to work.