Justice League Is Not Quite Wonder Woman 1.5 (2019)
After the wildly popular trilogy of batman movie directed by christopher nolan ended in 2012 it took DC and warner bros. a few more years than expected to find its next big hit with both audiences and critics. Finally this year they got it with patty jenkins wonder woman. That summer blackbuster managed to balance the darker tendencies of the DC extended universe with a hopeful tone evinced by its sincere lead character gal gadot who was able to draw out the heroics in the men around her fighting in the very grim world war. I so it not surprising that the ads for justice league seemed to shift away from focusing on its peponymous team instead emphasizing how important diana prince would be to the first big DC meet up.
The final product doesnt quite turn into wonder woman 1.5 also featuring the justice league even if some people might wish that to be ture. Interestingly justice league leans further into a lighter tone than even wonder woman did perhaps in part because the world endangering threat of the new movie villain steppenwolf cant quite compare to the very real specter of world war I the portrayal of the amazonian hero does feel mostly in line with jenkins movie though some critics have already noted online that the amazons costumes in justice league are a fair deal more revealing than those in wonder woman. But there an unavoidable sense now that she bit saddled with her other heroes as opposed to being able to handle the threat solo.
Children I work children she says half sarcastically at one point referring to her male counterparts in the justice league from ben afflecks batman to spoiler alert for a character whose presence has been advertised in interview henry cavills superman. At certain points diana feels like something of a den mother to the other heroes trying to force them to work together even as they rebel against each other. There are a handful of references to the events of wonder woman and specifically diana relationship with steve trever chris pine but the lesson diana is meant to learn within justice league is to move on from the century old romance of that earlier movie. And so she does with the end of the movie suggesting that she might become the de facto leader of the sextet.