23Wonder Woman Could've Done More to Make DC An Epic Success
In 2017, Gal Gadot became an instant star in the mega-blockbuster DC hit Wonder Woman. Gadot carried the entire movie on her back, and in the process, it made over $821,847,012 worldwide according to Box Office Mojo. The movie won unanimous praise and Gadot's performance was celebrated, as
she became a role model for women and girls around the world, a strong but sensitive and feminine woman who could do just about anything.
But DC dropped the ball. The release of Justice League after the success of Wonder Woman would've made sense if the former movie had used more of her in the film. Instead, she's in a diminished role. She doesn't contribute much to the film's plot beyond using her truth lasso and her vague ability to inspire her teammates. It's as if the director didn't know what to do with Wonder Woman. It's surprising to learn that Wonder Woman's role "was supposedly beefed up during reshoots after her solo film's unprecedented and understandable success." But it doesn't show on screen, as she still plays a very negligible role.
This would never have happened to MCU. For example, Iron Man / Tony Stark co-starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming, playing a sort of mentor to Peter Parker. But while Stark is not the focus of the film, the strategic insertion of him in the film works because he has something to do. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman never had a chance in Justice League; she ends up as a token and sidekick and "her awesomeness serves mostly to highlight the greater awesomeness of the guys around her."