Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Yes, director Patty Jenkins' movie takes some liberties with Diana's origins, like the story being set in World War I rather than World War II, and how Diana makes her initial trip to the world of mankind without winning a tournament disguised as a mysteriously masked warrior. But, regardless, this is a dazzling entry in the DC Comics extended universe.
And, despite her slender build, which so many people have complained about, Gal Gadot absolutely pulls off every physical and emotional nuance necessary for Wonder Woman to transcend the excessive criticism. Translation: Gadot kicks ass.
Now, I loved Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, too, and I know a lot of you did not. But WW is not only an epic superhero flick, it's also a well-crafted romance. In fact, one of the strongest points in WW is the relationship between Diana and Steve Trevor. So much so, that WW will also make a great date movie for those audiences not overly intrigued by the superhero genre.
Gal Gadot and Chris Pine have amazing on-screen chemistry. There are these brilliant comedic moments when Diana's curiosity about man leads to playful banter between her and Trevor, and there is a palpable romance that is both sweet and steamy.
Their relationship is thoughtfully and fully-developed by the screenwriters, and, lord, you will feel Diana's pain when she loses him at the climactic conclusion.
The battle with Ares is epic, and reminded me a lot of the battle with Doomsday in "Batman v Superman." But when Ares destroys the so-called "God Killer" sword, the sh@$ hits the fan. Unfortunately, some of the CGI during that sequence is also worthy of the dreaded sh^% word.
Defeated, Diana watches in horror as Steve sacrifices himself to thwart General Ludendorff and Maru's (Doctor Poison) plan to bomb London. Left only with Steve's watch, and consumed by anger and grief, her true power is released -- Wonder Woman is the God Killer. And Ares is toast!
There were no post-credit scenes in the early screening I saw, and there are no appearances by any of the other Justice League members, unless I blinked and missed the Flash.
The film starts with Diana receiving the photo from "Batman v Superman," courtesy of a Bruce Wayne courier and the film is a flashback of her origins and journey to the world of man.
The movie bookends with Diana back in the present.