I was lucky enough to attend an advance screening of “Wonder Woman.” My full review will come later, but for now, enjoy some spoiler-free musings.
The news of the “Wonder Woman” movie had me over the moon and just a bit terrified. Could it bring to life the iconic characters created by artists over the years? Could it possibly capture everything I used to dream of?
Short answer – Yes.
In fact, it’s glorious.
I have to confess that I don’t read many Wonder Woman comics. Not for the lack of excellent stories. Countless writers and artists have created 75 years worth of stories for Diana of Themyscira. The recent Rebirth stories by Greg Rucka, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp are excellent and well worth your time. Even so, the pages of a comic book have always been too small to capture all that Wonder Woman is to me.
Like many others, I was a young girl watching Lynda Carter portray Wonder Woman in the '70s. I saw a hero like no other – strong and courageous, but most of all a woman. So I spun around in the backyard dreaming of becoming a hero just like her.
Wonder Woman is embedded in my psyche and even inked on my body.
For me, this movie is more than an origin story. The young Diana who watches the Amazons train is that same young girl I was in my backyard dreaming of adventure. It's a hero's journey, full of humor, love, pitfalls and self-discovery.
Director Patty Jenkins brings us a complex Diana – full of hope, compassion, and down-right fierceness. And action? You ain't seen nothin' until you've seen Wonder Woman reach her full potential.
So go. Pack your teens – both girls AND boys – you won't be disappointed.
Neither will your inner child.
And if you need even more enouragement, ask the one and only, Lynda Carter: