Wonder woman, the most famous super heroine of them all, has been around for a little under seventy years now. She had a well remembered tv series in the seventies, but attempts to make a live action film about the character have all floundered.
But in the meantime, here's an animated version.
Basically it fulfils the same function as a tv pilot episode, as it's only seventy minutes long. It tells the origin of the character and gives her a super villain to battle, and sets things up for future stories.
Despite the relatively short length, it does manage to pack quite a lot into the running time. In case you don't know the story of the character - you'll have no problems getting into this if that's the case as it's completely accessible to those who don't read the comic - the amazons are a tribe of warrior women who fought a bitter war centuries ago, and were given an island of their own by the god zeus where they have survived hidden from the outside world to the present day. diana is daughter to the queen of the tribe, and she was magically created by the gods when her mother prayed for a child. when fighter pilot steve trevor crashes his plane on the island, diana wins the right to take him back to man's world. but at the same time ares, the god of war, has escaped from his long imprisonment on the island, and is plotting to bring about global catastrophe. it's up to diana to stop him.
This comes from the same team of animators who produced the 1990's batman cartoon and subsequent series featuring superman and the super hero team the justice league, and they are the best people for things like this because they do justice to the characters and provide quality animation with it. there's also a strong voice cast who provide a lot of character for the roles. standout has to be nathan fillion as cocky pilot steve trevor. his laidback and deadpan acting style suits the part perfectly.
Despite being animated this is not entirely suitable for young children thanks to some bloodu battle scenes which feature limbs being severed, but all those are done in silhouette. hence it's a 12 certificate.
the end sets things up for future stories. I wouldn't mind to see them.
this is a two disc edition. and has the following Audio options:
languages: english castilian spanish turkish
subtitles: english castilian spanish turkish
audio: 5.1 dolby digital english. 2.0 dolby surround castilian spanish. dolby stereo turkish.
disc one contains the movie and four ten minute long promotional documentaries about the making of several cartoon movies based on dc comics characters. this, batman: gotham knight, dc the new frontier, and green lantern: first flight. all are very watchable and quite interesting.
There's also a commentary from the creative team.
disc two contains two twenty five minute documentaties about the wonder woman character. the first looks at the creation of the character, and the second at how her origin and background is steeped in greek myth, and also at the 70's tv series. both are very good and very watchable and very interesting pieces of work.
and there are also two episodes from the cartoon justice league unlimited, which centred on a large team of dc comics superheroes. wonder woman played a big role in both these episodes, which is why they are preeented here.
It would be great to see a live action movie for the character finally happen, but in the meantime, this will more than suffice.