Eight decades after she was first created by psychologist William Moulton Marston and artist Harry G. Peter in 1941, Wonder Woman finally gets the marquee in her first solo film.

 

Simultaneously breaking box office records and striking a decisive blow for female representation on the big screen, Wonder Woman features former beauty queen Gal Gadot in the lead role.

With awe-inspiring fights and effects, what makes Gadot’s version of Princess Diana stand out from the rest of the heroes the DC Extended Universe has introduced thus far is her conviction to fight for what she knows and believes to be right. In an age of overwhelming uncertainty and cynicism, it is downright refreshing to see a hero of any gender doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do, and not the result of contrived pathos or self-loathing.

In Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, Warner Bros. has finally delivered on something moviegoers never thought we would see from this franchise: a hero we can all look up to.

Seeing as the DCEU’s idea of Superman is an angst-ridden loner with a predilection for killing and collateral damage, Wonder Woman is an excellent choice to be the upcoming “Justice League’s” moral compass.

 Take that, Henry Cavill.

~ Mikhail Lecaros