After a rocky start with the divisive Man of Steel and two of the worst movies of 2016, I was very disappointed in DC Comics' approach to a cinematic universe. In fact, I swore that if Wonder Woman wasn't any good then I wouldn't bother recognizing the Justice League movie's existence. After all, DC's new movies were treating the heroes I looked up to as a kid--who I wanted to be--as depressed, homicidal, vengeful vigilantes who didn't care about who they hurt or helping others to begin with. Superman only saved the day because Lois or MARTHA!!! told him to, and Batman took the lives of henchmen who probably were unaware of what they were doing, taking the law into his own hands instead of serving justice. These once proud legends were no longer heroes, and it broke my heart. But I am so thankful for giving DC one last chance, because Wonder Woman is one of the best superhero movies ever made.
The film is hopeful, inspirational, and showcases true heroism amidst the terrors of the world. Seeing Diana lead soldiers across No Man's Land made me smile because, for the first time in a while, I saw a hero doing what others were fearful to do--the right thing. Not because someone told them to or they were out on a revengeful quest to quench their bloodlust, she did the right thing because she wanted to. She is a hero to look up to, to admire, to follow.
With all of the attacks happening in London and probably more to come elsewhere, it can be a scary time, but Wonder Woman shows us that through love our fears can be conquered, enemies can become allies, and a better tomorrow is only a day away. This is a movie we need now. Wonder Woman is a symbol for a better world.
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