Everyone knows that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice failed to meet Warner Brothers’ expectations for its box office and critical performances. Suicide Squad faired a tad better with the box office because the film had some positive word of mouth from audiences, which got rid of any negative feedback the film received from critics. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice reviewed a twenty-seven percent on the Tomatometer on Rotten Tomatoes, while Suicide Squad received a twenty-five percent.
Generally, fans enjoyed both films with Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice receiving a sixty-three percent audience score and Suicide Squad getting a sixty-two percent on Rotten Tomatoes. This pales in comparison to Wonder Woman, which has a ninety-two percent score on the Tomatometer and a ninety-one percent audience score from Rotten Tomatoes. While both Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice ($250 million budget and $873,260,194 worldwide box office gross) and Suicide Squad ($175 million budget and $745,600,054 worldwide box office gross) both made back their budgets and more with profits for the film, Wonder Woman ($149 million budget and $571,801,730 thus far in worldwide box office gross) eclipsed them in that area too.
So, can Wonder Woman truly change the reputation of the DC Extended Universe? Many critics have indicated their approval of this film, which seems to have changed the face of this cinematic universe. Bob Grimm of the Reno News & Review stated this was what the DC Extended Universe needed: “The DC Universe gets the blast of fun it sorely needed with Wonder Woman, a film that gets it right on almost every front, and features a performance from Gal Gadot that makes it seem the role was her birthright,” Grimm stated. Steve Persall, writing for The Tampa Bay Times, says the film gets right what every other DCEU film got wrong. “Not only Wonder Woman winning World War I, but director Patty Jenkins righting a DC Universe burdened by Batfleck and other less-than-super men.”
They are not the only ones calling Wonder Woman‘s praises. “The DC cinematic universe has up until now been wobbly at best, but there was a glimmer of promise in Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, whose brief appearance was the best thing about the lumbering, overstuffed ‘Batman v Superman,’” Matthew DeKinder, writing for the Suburban Journals of St. Louis, stated. It seems Wonder Woman has already been impressing critics. This has undoubtedly helped the Amazon princess’ solo journey and could it happen for Justice League?
Recently, the film lost its director and switched composers with only a few months before its release in November. Looking at the way the DCEU’s first films have faired, it seems one would think no because its previous films up until Wonder Woman have not been successful 100 percent. However, with the successful debut of the film focused on the princess of the Amazons, maybe the course correction DC undertook could lead it to its success. We will have to wait and see once November comes around to see Wonder Woman once more team up with her fellow Justice Leaguers.
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