Wonder Woman for a lot of people is the breaking point for DC Films. If it’s good, maybe there is a shot at this universe. But if it’s not, maybe it’s time to give up. Well, luckily, Wonder Woman is good.
Themyscira is beautiful. The land where the Amazons live is hidden away from the rest of the world — man’s world — and Diana, Princess of the Amazons dreams of being a warrior as a young child. She stands to watch her Aunt Hippolyta — strong performance from Connie Nielsen — train warriors, dreaming. The amount of time chosen to be spent in Themyscira is great. The eight-year-old Diana played by Lily Aspell is great and her relationship with her Mother, Antiope — played by a wonderful Robin Wright — is built mostly with young Diana. Here director Patty Jenkins builds the mythical side of the DC Universe, as well as showing the strong Amazons and their polar opposite world to what’s happening outside their island.
Hidden away from the rest of the world the Amazons don’t know what is happening outside. But war is raging outside their doors, the war to end all wars, World War 1. Steve Trevor while attempting escape from the German’s flies through the island’s hidden barrier and crash lands on the shores of Themyscira. By this point into the film, it is established the Amazons aren’t too fond of outsiders because Ares, the god of war had raised hatred into the hearts of man. Zeus, with the last of his strength, saved the Amazons and helped hide them away from the rest of mankind, and this makes Diana’s eventually decision to go help mankind and hopefully end the war even greater.