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Wonder Woman

USA 2011
produced by
Tommy Burns, Bill D'Elia (executive), David E. Kelley (executive) for Warner Brothers, DC Comics/NBC
directed by Jeffrey Reiner
starring Adrianne Palicki, Cary Elwes, Elizabeth Hurley, Tracie Thoms, Pedro Pascal, Joseph Gatt, Edward Herrmann, Justin Bruening, Nancy Grace, Phil McGraw, B.J. Britt, Geoff Meed
written by David E.Kelley, based on the comic created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Comics, music by Chis Bacon

Wonder Woman

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Diana Themyscira (Adrianne Palicki) runs one of this big business companies with its success bassd on an action figure - that of Wonder Woman. And that's just as well, you know, because Diana Themyscira's official (!) alter ego is Wonder Woman, Defender of Truth, Justice, and the American Way of Life. She also has a secret identity as Diana Prince by the way, but ... I don't know why, and I don't know why I said but ...

Anyways, Wonder Woman, the action figure saleswoman seems to have some beef with Veronica Cale (Elizabeth Hurley) who's producing and selling some muscle building substances (= very evil steroids), which ... oh, I'm not sure.

Anyways, eventually it turns out that Veronica Gale is trying to use her evil steroids to build the perfrect soldier, and as a consequence Wonder Woman beats up (and occasionally kills) Veronica's entire staff and has her arrested.

Then Wonder Woman sets up her own Facebook page because she feels a tad lonely - and I kid you not about this one, she really does ...


Decades ago, Wonder Woman was the perfect answer to macho superheroes like Superman, adding a feminist perspective to the duke-it-out mentalities of her male counterparts - but with this TV-pilot, all of this is long gone, the once proud heroine who has used her intuition, cunning and her lasso of truth where her male counterparts used brute force has turned into an active supporter of premature and unnecessary torture, murder in the line of duty and other equally reactionary ways of crimefighting,

Now I would love to say the pilot bombed because of all of this, but regarding the USA's "shoot first, ask questions later"-mentalities, that's probably not the case.

... and you know what, there's so much wrong with this pilot at hand, it doesn't even have to be: One main problem of this movie is, it fails to be based on an actual story, instead it tries too hard to set the Wonder Woman-character up for the (never-realized) series to really give the plot more than a little consideration. And here's problem number two, Wonder Woman, as portrayed in this movie, is really uninteresting (whenever she's not fighting at least), she's just this corporate figurehead without a real life who goes on Facebook (I can't but repeat: really) to find friends. That Adrianne Palicki doesn't even try to add any additional layers to her flat character of course doesn't help a bit. Another problem is of course that the whole thing takes itself way too seriously - but then it's about a sexy young woman fighting crime in a kinky costume that looks as if it was designed to have her tits jump out of her top any moment now. I mean, Wonder Woman is camp, don't try to gloss over it!

 ... and probably, all of this has contributed to the fact that Wonder Woman was never turned into a series - and while I personally would really love to see more butt-kicking heroines on both the big and the small screen, in this case I can only say THANK GOD!


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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