Wonder Woman

This 2009 feature length animation by Lauren Montgomery draws largely on the Gods and Mortals comic book story that began in the late 1980s, and it has a notably strong feminist line throughout – it’s a minor moment overall, but I did enjoy Wonder Woman chastising Steve Rogers for a fumbled attempt at saving her, and making it crystal clear that such help isn’t required (though hey, the male fantasy boots, whip and ‘Murican hotpants combo is retained). Drawing on Greek mythology for the Amazonian princess’s origin story, it’s a surprisingly violent animation – with various beheadings amid all the character deaths – and apparently Wonder Woman only narrowly avoided an ‘R’ rating in the US after cuts were made. It’s also quite funny, too, and those in charge of the current, uber-dark DC movies would do well to sit down and watch it again, as the blend of action and humour is just right here. (One hopes Patty Jenkins and her writers did just that before making the forthcoming live action blockbuster starring Gal Gadot.) Some of the dialogue and plot points seem rushed, mostly because what we have here is an origin story and one of those mega-battles to save the human race within the tight space of 73 minutes, but the freneticism of the narrative does at least mean things never get boring. There’s decent, fun voiceover work by Keri Russell as the superhero, with support from the likes of Alfred Molina, Rosario Dawson, Nathan Fillion and Virginia Madsen. Really enjoyable. (***½)