As a long time fan of the character, having grown up seeing her in the Justice League animated series and in the comics, I was ecstatic to hear that Wonder Woman solo film was coming to the big screen on June 2. With the film receiving high praise from critics and earning a ten-day domestic total of $206.53 million at the box office, it’s nice to see that the character is finally achieving the big screen success she rightfully deserves.
Having seen the film twice already, it’s no question that I am a big fan who thinks “Wonder Woman” is great, so a biased review is most likely what’s expected of me. Instead I am going to write about three classic elements from Wonder Woman’s last live-action outing, her incredibly campy television series from the 70s starring Lynda Carter, that were absent from the film but could have been easily included for better or for worse.
- The Invisible Jet
An element found not only in the ‘70s series but also in the comics and many other animated features, Wonder Woman’s infamous invisible jet is as ridiculous as it sounds. Pretty self-explanatory right? Throughout the many small screen iterations of the superheroine, the iconic aircraft has ranged from being simply a plane that’s invisible to a jet tricked out with missiles, lasers, and a camouflage setting.
Obviously, the latter interpretation of the jet would translate better in the film, considering that it has more use outside of being merely a means of transportation for Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor, and their merry gang of misfits; however, the problem that the jet would face is the time period that the film is set in. Jet planes had not been invented yet in the World War I time period, so it’s easy to see why it wasn’t used in the movie. Even though an invisible biplane, since those types of planes were used during the time period, could’ve made an appearance, but it still would have felt like it was shoehorned into the film.
Personally, I would have loved to see Gal Gadot seemingly sitting in the air shooting down germans in an invisible biplane dogfight scene, but for regular movie goers, featuring an unseen aircraft would have definitely come off as extremely ridiculous and silly. I do hope, however, that we do get to see to see the invisible in the future whether it’s in “Justice League” this November or in a later film. If DC/Warner Bros. can produce countless Batman films that can make the famous batmobile and batwing look cool, then they have no excuse to at least try to do the same for Wonder Woman and many other characters’ personalized vehicles.
- The Spinning
In the retro series, Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman spins in place to change into her costume at least once every episode. The lacking quality of the special effects at the time made these scenes always seem very corny and cheesy, but with technology we have today, I think spinning transformation scene could’ve be translated to the big screen very well. Gadot would only have to do one or two spins, and her costume change into the classic red, gold and blue outfit could have been as iconic as Christopher Reeves’ telephone booth costume change in 1978s “Superman.”
Although the movie seemed to have given a nod to Carter’s excessive spinning with the camera rotating around Gadot as she put on her tiara and shed her coat to reveal her colorful armor, fully transforming into the character we know as Wonder Woman before venturing into no man’s land, it certainly doesn’t satisfy my desire to see the heroine spinning like a top for a mere costume change, as campy as that sounds. Hopefully, DC/WB will be more willing to take more risks in the future and include more fun, lighthearted scenes like this in later films.
- The Theme Song
While she does have an awesome new theme that plays during the movie, this element of the classic ‘70s show is something that could have been incorporated into the movie as a song that plays during the credits with ease. Who wouldn’t want to walk out of the theater to an uplifting, funk song about Wonder Woman, “in her satin tights, fighting for her rights?”
Instead of having Sia sing an original song for the film, why not have her, or any female pop singer, perform a revamped and modern version of the original theme song? Some of the lines pertaining to World War II such as, “make the axis fold,” would need to be changed a bit to fit the WWI time period; however, that can easily be done. I would love for retro superhero theme songs with vocals like Wonder Woman’s to make a comeback, no matter how comical they may be.
Even though “Wonder Woman” didn’t include some fan-favorite elements from the 1975 series, it is still a wonderful, empowering film that doesn’t take itself too seriously. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend that you do as soon as possible for a fun, thrilling adventure.