The DC Extended Universe has had a unique life in theaters. What began with Zack Snyder's handful of movies has grown into a massive franchise including a variety of directors and heroes. One of the first successes of the DCEU was Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman, which broke new ground and was a critical and box office success. The sequel 1984 is finally arriving on both theaters and HBO Max on Christmas, and the reviews have officially started rolling in.
Since its inception with Man of Steel, movies in the DCEU have had a variety of critical successes and failures. The originally Wonder Woman movie showed what the franchise was capable of, with rave reviews coming at a time when the burgeoning franchise needed it. This also added pressure for Wonder Woman 1984, although CinemaBlend's own Eric Eisenberg seemed head over heels in his 4.5 star review. It reads,
Well, that's some high praise. Considering how acclaimed the original movie was, Wonder Woman 1984 being superior than its predecessor is certainly saying something. Of course, not all critics shared Eric's enthusiasm for Patty Jenkins' ambitious DC sequel. Variety's Peter Debruge took umbrage with the movie's, third act, as his review claims,
Indeed, the final battle sequence from Wonder Woman 1984 seems to be getting some negative attention from a number of film critics. What's more, EW's Mary Sollosi seems to think the movie's big ending to actually be against some of the messaging that Patty Jenkins is sending throughout the sequel about excess. As she put it,
Wonder Woman 1984 was pushed back a number of times throughout the years, most recently due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But Warner Bros. is putting out the movie in unprecedented fashion, as it hits both theaters and HBO Max in time for the holidays. IGN's Matt Purslow spoke about the timing of the sequel after a rough year, while praising the blockbuster with:
The pressure is certainly on for Patty Jenkins to deliver with Wonder Woman 1984, considering how universally loved the first movie was. And according to Collider's Matt Goldberg didn't feel the same magic as the original. As he explained in his own review,
One of the biggest questions currently surrounding Wonder Woman 1984 is exactly how Chris Pine's Steve Trevor will factor into the story. While the character sacrificed himself in the third act of the 2017 original, he's present in the trailers and miraculously hasn't aged a single day. Slashfilm's Hoai-Tran Bui spoke to the importance of their dynamic in the sequel, writing:
Clearly the critical response to Wonder Woman 1984 has been fairly mixed, so it should be interesting to see how moviegoers respond to Patty Jenkins' second installment in the DC Extended Universe. After all, audiences have been known to have differing opinions than critics. And while 1984 won't be making as much money as its predecessor, its simultaneous release on HBO Max and theaters should allow the blockbuster to be seen by countless eyes.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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