Wonder Woman (2009)

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7.5 Overall Score
Story: 7/10
Acting: 8/10
Visuals: 7/10

Wonder Woman is a great character

Loses direction near the end of the film

Movie Info

Movie Name:  Wonder Woman

Studio:  Warner Bros. Animation

Genre(s):  Animated/Comic Book/Action/Adventure

Release Date(s):  March 3, 2009

MPAA Rating:  PG-13


Wonder Woman’s coming at you!

The Amazons have separated themselves from the rest of the world on Themyscira after a bitter war with Ares.  Bearing a daughter named Diana, Hippolyta seeks to keep her people safe and separated.  With Ares as their prisoner, the Amazons have lived in peace for centuries, but the crash of a fighter pilot named Steve Trevor starts a chain of events which leads to Ares’ freedom.  Now, Diana as Wonder Woman is entering the human world for the first time and on a mission to recapture the God of War before it is too late!

Directed by Lauren Montgomery, Wonder Woman is a loose adaptation of the post-Crisis on Infinite Earths relaunch of Wonder Woman by George Pérez.  The DC Universe Animated Original Feature is a follow-up Batman:  Gotham Knight released in 2008 and was released to mostly positive reviews.  The film also received a novelization by S.D. Perry and Britta Dennison.


RIP you book reading freak…

I liked Wonder Woman’s relaunch and liked how it streamlined the character whose World War II origin was sometimes difficult to follow.  The movie is a nice adaptation of this storyline and goes to demonstrate why a Wonder Woman movie would and should exist.

The story for Wonder Woman is a means to set up a Stranger in Strange Land type of situation where a character is thrust into a world that they don’t understand (while trying to save it).  I like Wonder Woman as an outsider that isn’t always right in her criticisms of society…it goes to show that the character has a lot to learn and shows the storyline’s potential beyond the film.


Can’t get mad at this kid for tracking mud inside

The movie has a strong voice acting cast (something that DC animated films always provide).  Keri Russell provides the voice of Wonder Woman (and often popped up as a potential Wonder Woman if a live action film had been made).  Nathan Fillion does his normal role as Steve Trevor and though I enjoy where the character goes, I do think he is written a bit too loose for the story.  Alfred Molina switches from Doctor Octopus to Ares in the movie, and Oliver Platt plays Hades.  Virginia Madsen plays Hippolyta and Rosario Dawson plays the Amazon Artemis.  Futurama voice master John DiMaggio voices Deimos.


Wonder Woman teaches Ares that it isn’t nice to hit girls

The animation is quite strong, but since George Pérez’s style isn’t the most distinctive, the movie wisely didn’t try to adapt his style.  The Wonder Woman of this film is more in tune to the Wonder Woman of current times and less ’80s than the story from which it was based.

Wonder Woman is a fun entry in the DC Animated film series.  Like many of the movies, the main plot does lose a bit of direction toward the end, but the fun of the character and the concepts behind the story help make this movie better.  Wonder Woman has such potential and I do not understand why a major motion picture starring the character has taken so long to greenlight.  The movie is rated PG-13 (like most DC Animated Films) due to violence and some language, but the movie for the most part is pretty light in comparison to other live action violence.  The DC Universe Animated Film series followed Wonder Woman with Green Lantern:  First Flight also in 2009.

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