Wonder Woman is the hero we’ve been waiting for. Marvel’s been dicking around with giving us Black Widow’s standalone story, and all our hopes are pinned on Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot showing the boys just how it’s done. Thus far, the teasers have been excellent, so I’m slightly disappointed in the end of this particular clip — hoping it’s simply part of a running gag. Don’t get me wrong, Diana Prince definitely shows off her thus-far-hidden-from-Steve-Trevor (Chris Pine) skills. It’s the end of the clip I take issue with. Have a look, and then we’ll chat.
I’m not usually one to go all nitpicky with such things, but at this particular moment in time, do we really need to see the guy get in the last punch? Is it merely for his (and the male audience) dignity, or does the scene end with Diana’s sarcastic comment we’ve yet to see (“Did that make your feel better, Stevie?”), because a) Why would Pine’s Trevor get in the closing punch after Wonder Woman did all the ass-kicking, and b) Shouldn’t Diana punch the guy with the gun? Will there be follow-up scenes about Steve’s fragile ego, or an aside where Diana snickers about his need to demonstrate machismo?
For now, I’ll go with benefit of the doubt, and make an assumption there are continuous scenes of Trevor attempting to assert his masculinity, while Wonder Woman takes care of all the heavy lifting. I refuse to believe Patty Jenkins will let us down.
Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Ewen Bremner, David Thewlis and Lisa Loven Kongsli. It hits theaters June 2, 2017.