'Wonder Woman 1984' first reactions: 'Ambitious', 'epic' and 'a beacon of hope'

Ben Arnold
·Contributor
·4-min read

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The first reactions to Wonder Woman 1984 are in, and it sounds like Patty Jenkins' sequel was worth the wait.

The movie has been screened to critics, following a significant delay caused by the global coronavirus pandemic.

And so far – despite some reservations about the movie's not insubstantial 151 minute run-time – the reactions are roundly celebratory.

Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 (Credit: Warner Bros)
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984 (Credit: Warner Bros)

It finds Gal Gadot's Diana Prince tussling with Pedro Pascal's media mogul Maxwell Lord and Kristen Wiig's former friend turned adversary Barbara Ann Minerva, aka Cheetah.

Kristen Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984 (Credit: Warner Bros)
Kristen Wiig in Wonder Woman 1984 (Credit: Warner Bros)

Set during the Cold War, Diana is also – somehow – reunited with Chris Pine's World War One hero Steve Trevor.

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Though reviews remain embargoed, many of those who have seen it have taken to Twitter, Slashfilm's Hoai-Tran Bui calling it 'a magical, sorely needed beacon of hope in this year'.

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Wonder Woman 1984 will be released nationwide in June 2020 by Warner Bros. Pictures
Wonder Woman 1984 will be released nationwide in June 2020 by Warner Bros. Pictures

Nerdist's Amy Ratcliffe added that it's 'a beautiful film with themes that hit you right in the heart'.

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And while some, including Collider's Perri Nemiroff, may have preferred the first movie, it still sounds like a hit.

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MTV’s Josh Horowitz compared it to the legendary movies of the director Richard Donner, who helmed Superman and movies like Lethal Weapon and The Goonies.

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Plenty of others have weighed in too.

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Originally slated for release in June, 2020, the movie was shunted to August, and then finally 16 December in some worldwide markets (including the UK) and 25 December in the US, where it'll debut on HBO Max and in cinemas on the same day.

You can check out the new trailer below:

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