Can Wonder Woman save the DCEU?

After lukewarm reactions to Man of Steel, Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, the DCEU (DC Comics Extended Universe) has a chance at redemption with Wonder Woman.

To be released on Thursday 1 June, Chris Pine plays United States Army Air Service captain Steve Trevor, discovered ashore by Wonder Woman/Diana Prince (Gal Gadot, reprising her role from Batman v Superman). Hearing about World War I, Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira to help end the war. The films follows DC’s New 52 reboot, with Diana the daughter of Zeus, rather than created out of clay by the gods. Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman should be in good hands, with Jenkins helping Charlize Theron win an Oscar for Monster.

It’s the first solo female superhero film (not including Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman TV series and telemovie in the mid-to-late seventies). While Scarlett Johansson has played Black Widow in five Marvel Studios films (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War), there’s yet to be a solo Black Widow film, though a Captain Marvel film will be released in 2019. With Marvel Studios dominating the lucrative super hero films market (though 20th Century Fox also found success with Deadpool and Logan), it’s a rare win for DC.

DC will be keen for Wonder Woman to be a success, with the Justice League movie (featuring Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg and another famous red and blue-wearing hero) followed by solo films for The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg, another Batman reboot, Batgirl and and Suicide Squad sequel.

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