If you need more reasons to watch Wonder Woman, here you go

Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, is an Amazonian from the hidden island of Themyscira, born from clay, Hippolyta’s wishes, and the Greek god Zeus. Now she’s the main star of her own film, the latest addition to DC Comics’ extended cinematic universe, which tells the story of how the lasso-wielding warrior ventured into the world of men during World War I and eventually became a superhero.

Previous DC films, like the trainwrecks that were Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, might be discouraging, but Wonder Woman is proving itself to be a different kind of beast. Here’s proof.

Wonder Woman is the first female comic book superhero studio movie in 12 years

The world of American comic book superhero films has undeniably been dominated by male superheroes since the first DC Comics film Superman and the Mole Men in 1951. Although there were a few female-led studio films through the decades such as DC Comics’ Supergirl (1984) and Marvel’s Elektra (2005), they didn’t garner the same amount of praise.

Wonder Woman is the very first female comic book superhero to have her own full length feature film in over 12 years. Hopefully, it doesn’t take another decade before they make another one (especially with rumors about a sequel being in the works after its big blockbuster weekend).

Wonder Woman is Patty Jenkins’ first full length feature film in 14 years

In 2003, Patty Jenkins directed and wrote her first feature film Monster, a film that earned Charlize Theron’s performance as a prostitute turned serial killer multiple awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe. Before that, she had just been sticking to the small screen with TV films and shows such as Five and Entourage.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Jenkins said that she has been fighting for Wonder Woman to get her own film for over a decade since she first met with Warner Bros. It might have taken years before it was realized, but now, Jenkins is the very first female director of a studio superhero movie with the biggest opening weekend for female directors. In the competitive and sometimes sexist world of Hollywood, Jenkins has surely made her mark. Can you hear those glass ceilings shattering?

It doesn’t pander to the male gaze

In film theory, the “male gaze” points out how the world in visual arts can be seen through the point of view of men, and this means that sometimes, films show women as merely objects of pleasure. In an industry that is dominated by men, it cannot be denied that Jenkins did a wonderful job of showing who Wonder Woman is without focusing on her physical appearance alone. Every scene and costume played an important role in showing who Wonder Woman is: a strong, independent superhero who will not be defined by preconceived gender ideas.

It’s the biggest grossing female led superhero movie ever

Within the first three days since its release, Wonder Woman has garnered over $100.5 million domestically and a total of $223 million globally. In terms of domestic opening weekends, Wonder Woman ranked higher than Iron Man ($98.6 million), Thor ($65.7 million), and placed just behind Deadpool ($132 million) and Man of Steel ($116.6 million). It is certainly a far cry from the combined (combined!) domestic total of other female superhero films such as Sheena (1984), Supergirl (1984), Red Sonja (1985), Tank Girl (1995), Barb Wire (1996), Catwoman (2004), and Elektra (2005) which amount to a little over $95.6 million. Maybe it’s time for those movie execs to rethink their priorities?

It’s currently DC Comics’ best film

What makes Wonder Woman stand out though is that it has already reached 93% on RottenTomatoes.com making it the highest rated DC Comics film to date. Miles away from Batman v. Superman’s 27% and Suicide Squad’s 25% rating. The critics who gave Wonder Woman all those fresh tomatoes surely trump the votes of those who question the validity of women-only screenings.

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