- Title: With rave reviews, 'Wonder Woman' readies to launch
- Date: 31st May 2017
- Summary: CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES (MAY 20, 2017) (REUTERS) (SOUNDBITE) (English) DIRECTOR, PATTY JENKINS, SAYING: "Off the screen as well as on she just radiates kindness and generosity and love even though.... she is so open and accessible.... even though it doesn't come from a place of naivete with her, it comes from a great knowledge and a choice to be that way. And she's a great actress."
- Embargoed: 14th June 2017 01:40
- Keywords: Wonder Woman Gal Gadot Patty Jenkins superhero DC Comics
- Location: CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- City: CULVER CITY, CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES; UNIDENTIFIED FILMING LOCATIONS
- Country: USA
- Topics: Arts / Culture / Entertainment,Film,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0046J63JNX
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: More than 70 years after she first burst upon the scene in her red bustier and blue shorts, Wonder Woman is finally getting her turn in the movie spotlight, and expectations could hardly be higher.
"Wonder Woman," played by former Israeli army soldier Gal Gadot and out in movie theaters worldwide this week, is the first female superhero film since 2005's box office dud "Elektra," and the first to be directed by a woman.
"I feel it was a lot of expectation resting on the shoulders of this film and resting literally on the shoulders of Wonder Woman," said director Patty Jenkins, whose budget was more than $150 million.
"We tried to make a movie for everybody a la the grand classic films from 'Superman 1' to 'Indiana Jones,' so I hope we actually get a little of everyone," she added, referring to hopes that both men and women would watch the movie.
Since her inception in 1941 in DC comic books with her patriotic red bustier embossed with a golden eagle and blue shorts with white stars, Wonder Woman has become a symbol of female empowerment in a comic book world dominated by male superheroes like Batman, Superman and Iron Man, and male fans.
But times have changed. Last year Wonder Woman lost her position as an honorary ambassador for the United Nations after a grass roots petition slammed the character as "a large breasted, white woman of impossible proportions, scantily clad ... the epitome of a 'pin-up' girl."
In the film, Wonder Woman's fitted red and gold bodice doubles as a suit of armor in fight scenes that see her dart and dodge bullets, knives and thunder bolts.
"I love the costume. I think it's beautiful, I think it's practical, easy to move in and to fight. And I also think it's sexy," Gadot said.
The movie returns to the origins of Diana Prince, growing up in an all-female paradise island of Amazonian warriors who teach her knowledge, language and fighting skills.
When American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes there, Diana learns about World War One and leaves the island to follow Steve to the frontlines of war to vanquish the war god.
Gadot, 32, says the Wonder Woman created by Jenkins is far from perfect, and that's what makes her interesting.
"She's not only super strong and confident and unapologetic but she can be very vulnerable and confused and insecure," Gadot said.
Even before the film's release, "Wonder Woman" stirred controversy when the small U.S. cinema chain Alamo Drafthouse announced it would hold some women-only screenings of the film, and men complained on social media of reverse sexism.
Reviews for "Wonder Woman" however have been glowing, scoring a rare 97 percent positive rating on aggregator Rotten Tomatoes with critics praising its humor and positive spirit.
Jenkins said that behind the fun "I hope that we can use a character who stands for something so needed right now... and to inspire people to be heroes in their own lives.
"She is fierce and strong and incredible but she's also idealistic for the good of mankind and she really believes in love and truth... I think the hero that we need for the future is that all of us are going to have to fight for what we believe in."
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