OPINION: Why “Wonder Woman” MUST Do Well

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2017 is going to be an exciting year for superhero fans; “Logan” (2017), “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” (2017), “Spider-Man: Homecoming” (2017), “Thor: Ragnarok” (2017), “Justice League” (2017) and “Wonder Woman” (2017) will all be hitting screens in the same year. Some will triumph and others will not, but it is critical that DC’s “Wonder Woman” succeed. Here is why:

  1. Filmmakers will be skeptical over making female superhero films forever.

The presence of female superhero films is, unfortunately, not great; “Catwoman” (2004), “Elektra” (2005) and “Supergirl” (1984) are the only official female superhero films to ever be released and they are all considered hilariously awful, painful to watch and some of the worst superhero movies of all time.

“Wonder Woman” must prove that the failures of these films were not the faults of the superheroines; they were the fault of the creative teams behind the films. It must prove that superheroines can be tough, strong, fierce and cool too.

Wonder Woman is a character who can go head-to-head with almost anybody and has single-handedly taken on the biggest baddies of them all; she does not deserve a poor film with a mediocre script, lousy performances and a boring plot.

If “Wonder Woman” fails, filmmakers will forever be skeptical of female superhero films because it will give them the assumption that they are not successful. Plus, Marvel Studios will take advantage of another DC failure by putting everything they have got into their upcoming female superhero film, “Captain Marvel” (2019).

While I am on the subject of Marvel’s female superheroes, let’s move on to my next point:

2. DC will lose its “secret weapon” if “Wonder Woman” fails.

DC has a secret weapon. They have had it for almost 75 years now and have failed to produce anything substantial with it; they possess the most iconic female superhero of all time. Marvel’s Black Widow, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Invisible Woman, Spider-Girl, She-Hulk and Jean Grey will never come anywhere close to the ingenuity of Wonder Woman. She is considered to be the first and most powerful female superhero which makes her a symbol for society, feminism and the media. If DC gives us (yet another)  boring, unoriginal, in-cohesive and awkward film with “Wonder Woman”, they will officially lose their “secret weapon” and their cinematic universe will be a few short steps away from economic and critical oblivion.

In my opinion, DC’s cinematic universe has already failed audiences and comic book fanatics with “Man of Steel” (2013), “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” (2016) and “Suicide Squad” (2016), so the only two chances they have to redeem themselves are “Wonder Woman” and “Justice League” (2017). DC will take a major hit if “Wonder Woman” crashes, but they will have one more chance to redeem themselves with “Justice League” (which does not look like it will bad from the trailer, but anything is possible). I can officially say that if they screw up “Justice League”, their cinematic universe is dead and over. They will have no other chances to redeem themselves and they will forever be stuck riding Marvel’s coattails, trying to catch their cinematic universe’s fame, hype and success.

DC cannot afford to screw up “Wonder Woman”. It would devastate comic book and movie fans, it would ruin the image of female superheroes in the media and it would lead DC’s cinematic universe one step away from obliteration. “Wonder Woman” will be released on June 2, 2017. Check below for the full list of upcoming superhero films’ release dates:

“Logan” (March 3, 2017)

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” (May 5, 2017)

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” (July 7, 2017)

“Thor: Ragnarok” (November 3, 2017)

“Justice League” (November 17, 2017)

“The Flash” (March 16, 2018)

“Avengers: Infinity War” (May 4, 2018)

“Black Panther” (July 6, 2018)

“Ant-Man and the Wasp” (July 6, 2018)

“Aquaman” (July 27, 2018)

“Inhumans” (November 3, 2018)

“Captain Marvel” (March 8, 2019)

“Avengers IV” (May 3, 2019)

“Shazam” (April 5, 2019)

“Justice League II” (June 14, 2019)

“Cyborg” (April 3, 2020)

“Green Lantern Corps” (June 19, 2020)