Does the Wonder Woman Trailer Have Us All Fooled?
Just last week, the second trailer for Wonder Woman came out, and it absolutely blew me away. Not only was it action packed, but it gave us a look into the narrative and character dynamics, and it really looks like something unique and different for DC. You can watch the trailer for yourself here. But after the release of this trailer, the talk is whether this could be the film that changes things for the DC Cinematic Universe. Right now, they have yet to put out a film that is universally loved by everyone. I loved Man of Steel, but not everyone did. And of course, we all know what happened with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad this year. Everyone is wondering whether Wonder Woman can be the film that gets everyone on board with DC, because the trailers have been just so damn good. But I'd like to take a step back, look at the full picture in front of us and ask: Could these trailers for Wonder Woman have us all fooled?
To quote the Joker from The Dark Knight, "Let's wind the clocks back a year". It's summer of 2015, and it's San Diego Comic Con. Two trailers drop: one for a little film called Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the other for another independent feature called Suicide Squad. These two trailers drop, and Batman v. Superman more so than Suicide Squad is renowned as not just the best trailer of the convention, but probably of the whole year! It was magnificent, from the way it was edited together to the incredible effects to the exhilarating dialogue. I still maintain that it was a brilliant trailer. And while the Comic Con trailer for Suicide Squad was really good, it was nothing compared to the second one we got, with "Bohemian Rhapsody" playing in the background. Two incredible trailers for DC films, and then what happened? Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out and not a lot of people liked it. Then Suicide Squad hit theaters and it was also majorly disliked.
So you see a pattern: F*cking awesome trailer, piss-poor movie. F*cking awesome trailer, piss-poor movie. And what did we just get with Wonder Woman? A f*cking awesome trailer. So a level of hesitation and cynicism is understandable, because we've been burned before by a great trailer that turned out to be a sh*tty movie. So are we falling into the same trap with Wonder Woman? Are we drinking the DC Kool-Aid, watching an excellently edited trailer, convincing ourselves that this will be the one that course-corrects the ship? It's a valid thought, and one that should be addressed. But I'm inclined to believe that we are not being fooled here. It's hard to be so definite, when I was so definite before that Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad were going to be awesome, and then I woke up to see they had a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes. It could very well be that in June of next year, I open my phone to find Wonder Woman right there with them. Maybe it's the film optimist in me, but I'm inclined to believe that this is going to be different, and here's why:
A lot of things in the Wonder Woman trailer point to it being very different from anything we've seen in the DC Cinematic Universe before. First of all, this film is directed by Patty Jenkins, who is surprisingly not Zack Snyder. She has her own abilities and her own techniques as a director that may be better suited for a film like this than the style of film Snyder created with his movies. However, Suicide Squad was directed by David Ayer, and that didn't stop that film from being a mess. We learned afterwards that the studio interfered a lot with the production after the backlash to Batman v. Superman, adding all the songs and extra humor to try to make it lighter. But that ended up being a disaster, because it was never organic. Suicide Squad's editing problems were a direct result of the fans not liking Batman v. Superman, but Wonder Woman is in a different position. Yes, it was in post-production when the backlash to Suicide Squad came out, but Wonder Woman is a completely different film with its own set of priorities.
When you watch the trailers for Wonder Woman, the color pallet is far different from any of the other DC movies. The colors were rather muted and toned down for Batman v. Superman, giving it a much darker and grittier look. With Wonder Woman, we're seeing a lot more vibrant and lively colors. It's not on the level of a Marvel movie, but it's certainly a step up from Batman v. Superman. While this may not seem like much of a difference, it shows a radical aesthetic change happening in this film universe. You also see a uniqueness in the action choreography. The Wonder Woman trailer utilizes copious amounts of slow motion, which really works in context. The Gladiator inspired fighting, the more medieval flavor, works to give us something beyond just the hand-to-hand combat seen in Man of Steel and Batman v. Superman. The humor also feels a lot more organic than say Suicide Squad. Here, you have jokes peppered in, but they don't feel out of place nor unnaturally injected through reshoots. It seems like the humor has always been there, thus making it an organic part of the story.
While the trailers for Wonder Woman maintain the seriousness of the previous DC films, they introduce a lot of new, aesthetic techniques that separate it from its predecessors, and that is key in examining whether this new trailer is another brilliant marketing ploy on DC's part to oversell a film that's mediocre at best. The subtle but radical changes feed hope that DC may have course-corrected the ship with Wonder Woman, and that we may just get our first universally liked DC movie. Look, this may all just be a fanboy's misplaced dream. Wonder Woman could hit theaters and get a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes just like the other films. But there's something different, aesthetically, shown in the trailers that looks to me like DC has made some profound changes behind the scenes. Whether those changes will end up being like what happened with Suicide Squad, or if they will actually work to service the film and make it better, we'll just have to wait until the movie comes out to see.
What do you think? Does the Wonder Woman trailer have us all fooled? Is it just another great trailer for a poor movie? Or could this be the film that course-corrects the ship? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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