Truth. Justice. Equality. These are some common ideas for one of DC Comics’ most beloved superheroes, Wonder Woman. “Wonder Woman” has been considered the saving grace of the DC movie franchise thus far, being the highest-rated movie in the DC Universe. DC fans had high hopes for the sequel, considering how the original movie performed at the box office. However, it came up short and left many people wondering: What happened?
“Wonder Woman 1984” was announced to premiere in theaters on June 5, 2020, but the date changed due to COVID-19. The movie continued to be pushed back, until it was finally released on HBO Max and in select theaters on Christmas Day, 2020. The movie’s plotline involves Diana Prince, also known as Wonder Woman, him back. However, the longer Steve stays alive, the weaker Diana becomes. SPOILER ALERT: Eventually, when the stone ends up in the wrong hands, the world slowly spirals into chaos, and it is up to Diana to stop the madness. She is forced to renounce her wish in order to restore her strength. She is successful, and the world reverts back to how it was originally, resulting in an ending that can be described as cheesy and childish. Audiences were left wanting more from such a promising sequel.
“I had high hopes for the movie, but the movie was definitely not worth the wait,” said sophomore Noah Schoper. “In fact, I think it took a few years off my life.”
The disappointment was real for many die-hard fans. The public reviews mirrored this disappointment as well, posting 60 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and a 5.4 out of 10 on IMDb.
Schoper said, “On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give the movie a 5 because it had elements that I enjoyed, like the time frame and setting, but the movie had too many issues, like the plotline and lack of action.”
Critics stated that the movie was too silly, stretched out and, frankly, boring. The film was unrealistic, and it felt like the movie was directed to be enjoyed by a younger audience, unlike its promising predecessor.
“I would rate the movie a 3 out of 10 because it had a good message, but the whole movie was weird and awkward,” said sophomore Mac Duren. “If I was directing the movie, I would have made it shorter and made the plotline not as random.”
Staying true to the first movie, there had to be a message for the audience to ponder over once the credits began to roll. Some common themes of the film are “Be careful what you wish for” and “False hope is more enticing than hard truth.” While these are great messages, this film fails to keep up the action and excitement that should be present in a true superhero storyline.
“If someone asked me if they should watch WW84, I would turn to them and say, ‘Sure, if you want to watch a two and a half hour superhero movie with 20 minutes of action,’” said Schoper.