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One of the prevailing positives of Dawn of Justice, according to critics, was that Wonder Woman was awesome in the movie. I have to strongly disagree. She blocked an energy beam from Doomsday, cut off his limbs, and used her lasso. So? What else did she do for the rest of the movie? She had a poor pretty-face introduction and zero character development, that by the time the Doomsday showdown occurred I couldn’t care less about her contributions to the fight.
If you read my blog posts frequently, you will know that I have a soft spot for female warriors. I love seeing ladies fight, I want them to kick ass alongside the boys. I like Korra from Legand of Korra; I like female protagonists; I want to see a female wrestler win the WWE Heavyweight Championship one day. It’s the reason why I absolutely loved Kill la Kill – the girls in that show were way more powerful than the men, but they also had their own character. You could understand their motivations, you rooted for them, you wanted to see them fight so that they would win.
What do we know about Wonder Woman in Dawn of Justice? She’s very old. That’s it. If you follow the comics, you already know that she’s an Amazonian princess who inherited immortal powers from her deity parents. But this isn’t even shown or even remotely hinted in Dawn of Justice. And that’s not fair to the casual movie viewer. You HAVE to make an effort to show the development of a character. Bruce Wayne got a full origin flashback, why not for Wonder Woman?
Putting aside all of the Wonder Woman feminist representation stuff, I didn’t like the movie very much. It was a big mess, a giant mashup of too many things without focusing on a strength. The reasoning for Batman and Superman’s duel was extremely poor. The fight scenes had too much CG and weren’t exciting for me. And it was trying too hard to force the Justice League on the viewer. Probably one of the worst movies I’ve seen in a long time.