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DC Universe Original Animated Movies - WONDER WOMAN

As we continue our look back the the movies from the DCUAOM, Da'Mon revisits the 2009 release Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman is a pragmatic, multifaceted epic that entertainingly updates and recreates the origin story of one of the oldest characters in comics, and also features an unmatched level of brutality in a DC Comics animated movie. The film is a celebration of femininity that aptly depicts the character of Wonder Woman as a superhero on par with the more highly touted male superheroes, and features the voices of Keri Russell (The Americans), Alfred Molina (Rango), Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Rosario Dawson (Zookeeper), Virginia Madsen (Red Riding Hood).

Wonder Woman sheds a new perspective on one of DC Comics “Holy Trinity” of cornerstone superheroes (the other two being Superman and Batman). The film is an exciting modernization of the oldest female heroine in modern comics. Created by William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman debuted in All Star Comics #8 way back in 1941.

This animated feature debuted in 2009, and is only the third film interpretation of Wonder Woman. The character is shown in a way seen we've never before, this incarnation the origin story is exhilarating, violent, and borderline brutal - certainly not your normal animated feature. The first 10 minutes are completely engrossing and make a statement about the story to follow. In spite of being an animated feature this iteration of the tale has enough action and realism to captivate any movie lover.

The film shows the traditional aspects of Wonder Woman melded with a new vision to formulate an entertaining story. From Diana’s creation/birth, the incorporation of Greek mythology, the appearances of Zeus, Hera, and Aries, the tournament that spurned Diana’s departure to America, her Lasso, Tiara and Invisible Jet, Steve Trevor’s chance meeting with the Amazon and even Trevor’s nickname of Angel are all shown in this version.

Wonder Woman is one of the deepest of the DC animated features. While the character is known for her strong, tough, and often fearless persona, this feature shows her as a multifaceted character, beautiful, brash, and even boastful. It is an excellent showcase for Wonder Woman's personality as we see her motivations, and explore the life of a warrior versus the life of motherhood.

Marvel Comics may dominate the big screen when it comes to superhero animated movies but DC clearly owns the small screen. Just like some of the other great animated features that DC comics has put out (All-Star Superman and Batman: Under the Red Hood) Wonder Woman doesn’t disappoint. It is a great watch for fans of good movies, the animated nature of the tale doesn’t detract from the story at all, and a great reintroduction to a character who has long been denied her just due. A must see for hardcore as well as casual fans.

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Da’Mon Guy is a writer and artist. He’s a graduate of Coppin State University and an avid, life-long lover of film. Da'Mon has been actively writing movie reviews since 2011, for a number of publications. Check out more of his work at Examiner.com, where he has published over 400 reviews. Visit his Blog and follow him on Twitter.

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