- The Washington Times - Friday, June 30, 2017

It’s official as of Friday: “Woman Woman” has bested both the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader at the box office.

Just four weeks into its U.S. premiere, the superhero origin story starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot has outperformed all the previous entries in the D.C. Extended Universe franchise, including last year’s much-hyped but critically-panned “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Salon reported.

According to BoxOfficeMojo, when “Batman v. Superman” ended its 84-day U.S. domestic cinema run on June 16, 2016, it had brought in $330,360,194. The U.S. total for “Wonder Woman” through Wednesday, June 28 clocked in at $327,848,207, a number all but certainly surpassed once Thursday and Friday’s totals are updated.

The Amazonian’s success story is all the more astounding when considering global movie revenues. The movie has made more than $660 million worldwide despite still awaiting release in over 12 countries, Salon noted, adding that when all is said and done it could cross the $1 billion mark.

While feminists have cheered the success of a woman-directed film centered on a female superhero, other observers have said the movie has caught on because of good storytelling and the earnest, noble character that Miss Gadot’s Diana Prince/Wonder Woman embodies, a far cry from the dark, brooding heroes that director Zack Snyder has set forward in the D.C. Extended Universe’s takes on Superman and Batman.

“[T]he lesson is pretty simple here,” writes Paul Tassi at Forbes.com. “Wonder Woman was allowed to be the character she’s been for decades, and was expertly brought to life by an actress and director who made her funny, charming, caring, confident, uncompromising and, obviously, a total badass.

“Compared to Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman and the Suicide Squad loonies feel like cosplayers that may photograph well and look the part, but that’s it,” he added.

Audiences tend to agree: a full 91 percent of them liked “Wonder Woman,” according to Rotten Tomatoes, compared to 63 and 62 percents for “Batman v. Superman” and “Suicide Squad,” respectively.

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