UPDATE: As of June 1, the rating for "Wonder Woman" has dropped to 94 per cent, putting it on par with "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight."
Power, grace, wisdom, and wonder indeed.
Warner Bros.’ newest superhero movie “Wonder Woman” is doing what none of its other DC Extended Universe counterparts could: impressing critics.
In fact, it’s doing such a good job, it’s currently the highest rated superhero movie — if you exclude Pixar’s “The Incredibles” — on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, where it currently sits comfortably at 96 per cent.
That places it higher than the DCEU’s previous films (though admittedly, that wasn't such a difficult feat) like “Man of Steel” (55 per cent),“Batman V Superman” (28 per cent) and “Suicide Squad” (25 per cent). The rating even catapults it above “The Dark Knight” (94 per cent), which was previously Warner Bros.’ highest-rated superhero movie.
More importantly, it achieves the one thing the DCEU struggled with in the past. It differentiates it from its biggest competitor, Marvel.
Not only does Wonder Woman give the DCEU a female-led superhero film — something Marvel won’t achieve until 2019’s “Captain Marvel” — but it also surpasses the score of every single movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including its highest rated film, 2008’s "Iron Man," which is at 94 percent.
The DCEU desperately needed this win, in a cinematic universe that’s been bogged down by bad reviews despite commercial success.
Director Patty Jenkins and actors Gal Gadot and Chris Pine attend the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Wonder Woman' at the Pantages Theatre on May 25, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Frazer Harrison via Getty Images)
Critics are praising lead actress Gal Gadot’s performance, the script’s references to nationalism in a WWI-setting that are relevant to today’s issues, and saying the Patty Jenkins-directed origin story feels fresh in a movie landscape that’s oversaturated with superhero flicks.
Rotten Tomatoes’ rating system doesn’t mean the film is without flaws. A higher rating means more critics have published positive reviews than negative ones, and as the ratio of positive-to-negative reviews changes, so does a film’s rating.
The aggregator also calculates a film’s average rating among critics which is a more accurate metric of how positive or negative most critics see it. “Wonder Woman” is doing well with this metric too — it’s currently at 7.6 out of 10.
Actress Gal Gadot signs autographs for fans during the 'Wonder Woman' premiere at Parque Toreo on May 27, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo: Victor Chavez/WireImage via Getty Images)
This is all good news, not only for Warner Bros. and the DCEU, but for the superhero movie genre and film industry as a whole.
The pressure on “Wonder Woman” to be a success was high, as past examples of female-led superhero films have tanked at the box office and caused studios to avoid making more of them.
With “Wonder Woman” doing so well, hopefully studio execs will see it as their cue to spearhead more female-fronted films going forward.