Will 'Wonder Woman 1984' bridge the gap between DC and Marvel?
DC has had a rough couple of years. It remains to be seen whether 'Wonder Woman 1984' can bridge the gap between DC and Marvel.
With thunderous fanfare, the Avengers bowed out, and Star Wars created much ruckus in 2019. But yet, if you're under the assumption that grand movie franchises are bidding adieu, you couldn't be more wrong. Sequels, reboots, prequels and spin-offs are being announced every other day, and fans are lapping up all the hype around them. And so, fans are in a feverish state of excitement as the sequel to 'Wonder Woman' will arrive next year in all its glory.
2020 is the year of women, as Scarlett Johansson's 'Black Widow' leads the way on May 1, followed by Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman 1984', which will hit the screens on June 5. Initially, 'Wonder Woman' was meant to release in November 2019, but the makers did not wish to rush it and wanted to live up to the expectations surrounding it. And so, 2019 was mostly a Marvel-ish year, as 'Captain Marvel' flew in March, followed by 'Avengers Endgame', which was cataclysmic for Marvel as it thrashed box office records left right and center, and emerged as the highest-grossing Hollywood film ever made, finally pushing James Cameron's 'Avatar' to the second position. 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' was like a sweet dessert after a heavy main course and raked in more millions.
In the middle of all the Avengers noise, DC had 'Shazam', which did fairly well. And then DC snapped back with the gritty and dark origin story of 'Joker', which spawned innumerable debates and conversations on whether the film could actually incite violence among people. The film was dissected from every angle, and became a hot subject of discussion on what exactly the film entailed. Yet, despite the raging controversies around it, it raked in the necessary millions for DC, while earning it glowing praise from quite a few critics.
DC has had a rough couple of years, with films bombing terribly at the box office, apart from 'Wonder Woman' in 2017 of course. With 'Wonder Woman 1984' in tow, DC is slowly staggering back on the track and trying to win back its disheartened fans. Diana Prince is swinging from lightening bolts in the trailer and is all set to fight lies, as she says.
Will 'Wonder Woman 1984' bridge the gap between DC and Marvel? It remains to be seen.