Origin story

Is Wonder Woman The Best Superhero Origin Film Ever?

Wonder Woman might have already debuted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but the character didn’t get a defined origin story until her solo outing.

The film is being praised for bringing the character to life for a new generation of fans, and rightfully so. As for its take on her origin, it is interesting to think about how it ranks against the superhero origins that have come before.

In the film, the curtain is peeled back on Diana’s history growing up on Themyscira. Her journey from young curious child to idealistic Amazon warrior makes up the first chunk of the film and goes a long way to defining the hero that fans see later in the film. It’s a relatable story about coming to terms with the outside world with ancient Gods and superheroes thrown in.

Director Patty Jenkins always wanted to go with an origin story, feeling it integral to the character. “I thought that it was very important. That’s how I had always wanted to do it and had pitched that talked about that many times and then we ended up in a wonderful moment where that was everybody’s ambition and everybody embraced a way of doing it which was wonderful.”

“I thought that it was very important. That’s how I had always wanted to do it and had pitched that talked about that many times and then we ended up in a wonderful moment where that was everybody’s ambition and everybody embraced a way of doing it which was wonderful.”

Jenkins feels stories like this serve a purpose, one to hopefully inspire.

“I would say these kind of movies are important, and they’re important if for nothing else to inspire us all to imagine that we could be better people and possibly strive to do that in our own lives, to be our own heroes. So I hope that she makes one feel like a hero for a moment, and I hope that that everytime something like that happens it makes someone able to make a more heroic choice in a moment that they can.”

Without further ado, hit the next slide to see how Wonder Woman stacks up with some of her superhero origin brethren.

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Batman Begins

Christopher Nolan’s first entry in his celebrated Batman trilogy brought the well-known origin story of Bruce Wayne to the big screen. At this point, it’s old hat really, and Nolan’s take didn’t really bring anything new to how those events played out.

Nolan did bring some wonderful elements to Bruce’s origins as Batman though, including the involvement of Ra’s al Ghul in Batman’s early training. Ra’s didn’t just train Bruce in the realm of combat but rather challenged his mental state and beliefs. It was an intriguing look at the Dark Knights psyche and the emotion that he pushes down constantly, but that also fuels him eventually putting on the costume.

So, it better than Wonder Woman?

That would be a no, and mostly because the first half of his origin just drags too much. Once he’s older things pick up pace, but the early parts are just too boring and somber to keep raise it above Diana.

In the wake of his parents’ murder, disillusioned industrial heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice and turn fear against those who prey on the fearful.

He returns to Gotham and unveils his alter-ego: Batman, a masked crusader who uses his strength, intellect and an array of high tech deceptions to fight the sinister forces that threaten the city.

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Superman The Movie

Superman is perhaps the most iconic of DC’s pantheon of heroes, but his film record has been a bit spotty. He seems to be at his best when inspiring, something Superman: The Movie seem to capture better…

Box Office: ‘King Arthur’ Bombs Royally With $5.3M Friday

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Warner Bros./Time Warner Inc. obviously knew this was coming. They’ve tossed around Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword for well over a year, presumably trying to find a release date where it could do the least amount of damage. They knew what they should have known from the get-go, that a King Arthur origin story fronted by a generic non-movie star which (in the marketing) de-emphasized the fantastical elements and highlighted that “this wasn’t your father’s King Arthur” was absolutely doomed. It’s absolutely the kind of film that everyone complains about when they worry that mainstream feature films no longer matter in the popular culture. Just because audiences have heard of a property doesn’t mean they automatically want to see a movie version and/or see that property tossed into the “Hero’s Journey Prequel Origin” box.

So with all that said, absent positive reviews or much in the way of buzz, King Arthur earned just $5.3 million on its opening day, including $1.15m in Thursday previews. That points toward a $14.5m debut weekend, which is horrific for a $175m production that already bombed ($1.5m Friday) in China. There is no silver lining. Warner Bros. needs to stop doing these kinds of films. It didn’t work for Jack the Giant Slayer, it didn’t work for Pan, it almost worked for Legend of Tarzan (which sold itself as a sexually-charged “perils of…