DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” adaptation is one of the best comic book movies ever.
After the last few dour big screen efforts coming from the DC universe, “Wonder Woman” breaks the cycle with its upbeat origins story. Director Patty Jenkins, screenwriter Allan Heinberg, and star Gal Gadot have delivered an instant classic. It’s smart, funny, moving, and with World War I as its backdrop, it has genuine stakes that mean more narratively. Gadot, very much like Christopher Reeve in his 1978 “Superman” debut, makes virtue compelling and attractive. Her earnest Amazon princess Diana wants to save the world and that goodness drives how the story develops and every action set piece within. To put it simply, the film is wondrous.