Although opinions on the DCEU films vary wildly, there's a strong case to be made that Wonder Woman is the universe's first unequivocal success. Garnering phenomenal critical reviews and a boatload of money, Gal Gadot's Diana Prince has set the stage for an entire army of new female superheroes to join her on the silver screen. Wonder Woman's performance has been impressive by almost any metric, and now it seems that the Amazon's first solo movie has officially become the first DCEU film to cross $400 million at the domestic box office.
Superman could not do it. Joker, Harley Quinn, and the rest of Task Force X couldn't do it. Hell, Batman couldn't even do it. The highly coveted $400 million domestic mark eluded the first three DCEU films, but according to Variety, Patty Jenkins' first foray into the silver screen DC universe has officially become the most commercially successful of the bunch in the United States. The film broke records left and right upon its debut in June, and this is arguably its biggest one yet -- in fact, it's only the 27th film to ever achieve that lofty domestic benchmark.
Having said that, Wonder Woman's overseas gross is not quite as impressive as other DCEU films. Although Diana Prince has shattered domestic records over the course of the last two months, Wonder Woman is still trailing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad at the international box office with a $394 million overseas haul. With a global take of $794 million, this makes Wonder Woman the second highest grossing DCEU film to date -- right behind Dawn of Justice's $873 million. All things considered, that is pretty damn good for a character who has never appeared on the silver screen before.
The critical and financial success of Wonder Woman is going to resonate through the entire DCEU for years to come -- far beyond the simple fact that Wonder Woman 2 is now officially on the way. Diana's role in Justice League has very clearly been ramped up in Joss Whedon's reshoots, and the character was also recently announced as the newest cast member for The Flash: Flashpoint alongside Ezra Miller's Barry Allen. From a business perspective, it definitely makes quite a bit of sense that Warner Bros. and DC want the entirety of the DCEU to fall in line behind her. One thing is clear, as a symbol of hope to the rest of the world, Diana Prince has become a shining beacon that signals a rebirth for the rest of the DCEU.
Although it is nearing the end of its run, Wonder Woman is still showing in theaters. Make sure to see it before it's gone, and check out Diana Prince's next foray into the DCEU when Justice League blasts its way into theaters later this year on November 17.
Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.
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