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Expected only online Wednesday, “Wonder Woman 1984” will save the world

Wonder Woman 1984, the big-budget sequel to the superheroine’s adventures, has been dropped for theatrical release in France, and will be available online March 31. The second installment of the DC Comics heroine’s adventures, much anticipated in cinemas, was due out in late 2020, but the pandemic has ruined Warner Bros.’s plans.

In the US, Wonder Woman released online and in theaters that were open

Faced with the absence of any prospect of reopening in France, the American major has resolved to put its blockbuster online on platforms: from March 31 for purchase for the most fanatical, April 7 on VOD on most of the platforms and on DVD, then on Canal +.

Because of the French system of media chronology, Wonder Woman is therefore leaving the big screen. He is not the first: Soul, by Pixar, has only been seen on Disney +, but others still believe in it, like the upcoming James Bond, To die can wait, which expects a release in October, or Cry Macho, the latest Clint Eastwood (November 10).

In the USA, Wonder Woman was released both online (HBO Max) and in theaters that were open, illustrating the studios’ new strategies. The film grossed $ 165 million at the box office, including $ 45 million in the United States, according to professional database IMDB.

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Thinking of returning to success, DC Comics said Wonder Woman 1984 the same women’s duo as the first, which grossed $ 822 million: American Patty Jenkins on camera, Israeli actress Gal Gadot in the star-spangled costume.

Fans, who had discovered the superheroine in a World War I setting, reunite with Diana Prince in 1984, in the America of triumphant consumerism. She leads an anonymous and quiet life, until events force her to ride lightning again. Armed with her lasso of truth, she must restore peace, justice and avoid the apocalypse.

If the first film narrated the birth of Wonder Woman, this one aims to dig into the psychology of a super-heroine who has only one ambition: “help humanity to improve”, summed up the director during an online press conference. “Being a hero is not easy, it is even super-difficult” especially “that she’s not perfect herself and has to struggle to get it right”, she added.

More Wonder Woman 1984 remains a comic book movie, with its pinch of humor and its big dose of fights and stunts, shot for the big screen. “We used as few special effects as possible, as much of what you see is true”, promised Gal Gadot, saying he lived in eight months “the most difficult shoot” of her career. Many stunts have been turned by means of cables and pulleys, without digital special effects.

Fight “in your own way”

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On screen, Gal Gadot sets off on foot in a chase with an army of tanks in the desert, or leads an air combat without downtime against the evil Cheetah (Kristen Wiig). The latter forms the axis of evil with the businessman Max Lord, interpreted by a Pedro Pascal inspired as a drunken power magnate, a la Donald Trump, but on the verge of bankruptcy.

Three years after the first installment, then the competitive triumph of another heroine, Captain Marvel (Brie Larson), Gal Gadot says she is proud that Wonder Woman is helping bring out “strong female characters”, who will influence in a way “powerful“the public. “Girls don’t fight like boys, our bodies are different”, she adds: “We do it our way, and it’s good that we can see it on screen.” Wonder Woman takes care to avoid some pitfalls: the heroine is not there only to show off her plastic, and does not fight for the beautiful eyes of her dear and tender, Chris Pine.

But for Sophie Bonadè, a specialist in this section of popular culture and gender issues, this “feminism” of Wonder Woman has its limits. Certainly, “In these films, we have women fighting men on screen. We see it and we say to ourselves, yes, women can fight. It gives an imaginary of women of action, it’s important. , super-heroines always suffer from a certain number of stereotypes: over-sexualization, the fact of always being in romantic relationships … They often remain confined to secondary roles, or they are added characters, not the first that we think of. The superheroine remains a variation of the superhero. By multiplying the films, we will end up seeing fewer stereotypes “.

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