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Glass ceilings have ceased to exist in the presence of Wonder Woman. Alongside some of the most powerful names in feminism, Diana Prince is the equivalent fictional counterpart. Throughout her 75 years of existence, she has worked to shift paradigms of femininity and womanhood, emboldening what a woman can be while highlighting the very nature of what is means to be a hero.
In this Blu-ray/DVD reissue of 2009’s animated Wonder Woman film in honor of Wonder Woman’s anniversary, there’s more to be delighted by then the witty and engaging story. The extras on the disc really provide a enriching and sociopolitical commentary to her history. Creators and important figures such as Phil Jimenez, Geoff Johns, Gregory Peck, Michael Uslan, Dennis O’Neil, Trina Robbins, Hugh Hefner, director Lauren Montgomery, Bruce Timm and even the latest reincarnation of the warrior, Gal Gadot, all speak candidly about what makes Diana the ultimate hero. They color the pages to Wonder Woman’s storied past, discussing her birth from famed psychologist William Moulton Marston, her role in the women’s rights movement and how she has inspired each and every one of them.
This combo is a great treat for any Wonder Woman fan or, anyone who believes in doing the right thing. Some of the language and circumstances in the film may not be suitable for the youngest of viewers. This set is a great way to celebrate Wonder Woman prior to her big summer blockbuster and will hold you over until then. It’s Diana in her purest form, and talked about by the people who are just as passionate as she is on truth and peace.
The commentary doesn’t gloss over the some of Wonder Woman’s darker times, like Dennis O’Neil’s run after Marston passed away. O’Neil explains his views, on how he thought what he was doing at the time served her feminism role. And while this sentiment missed the connection, including this information in her story is important, considering Wonder Woman survived Frederic Wertham’s literary censorship and how she donned the cover of Ms. magazine. Don’t know what we are talking about? Pop open your Blu-ray player and slide the disc in. The effect a fictional character has had on our own real world is incredible, and a story not to be missed. Just like the one being told as Wonder Woman fights Ares in this adventure.
You can also talk about this feature online using the hashtag #WonderWoman75.
More on the film is provided directly from DC:
On the mystical island of Themyscira, a proud and fierce warrior race of Amazons have raised a princess of untold beauty, grace and strength – Diana. When U.S. fighter pilot Steve Trevor crash-lands on the island, the rebellious and headstrong Diana defies Amazonian law by accompanying Trevor back to civilization. Meanwhile, Ares (the God of War) has escaped his imprisonment at the hands of the Amazonians and has decided to exact his revenge by starting a World War that will last for centuries and wipe out every living being on the planet, starting with the Amazons. It is up to Diana to save her people and the world – by using her gifts and becoming the ultimate Wonder Woman!
Led by Golden Globe award winner Keri Russell (The Americans, Waitress, Felicity) as Diana/Wonder Woman, the all-star cast includes four-time People’s Choice Awards winner Nathan Fillion (Castle, Firefly) as Steve Trevor, three-time Tony Award nominee Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolat) as Ares, Rosario Dawson (Daredevil, Sin City) as Artemis, Academy Award® nominee Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Candyman) as Hippolyta, David McCallum (NCIS, The Man From U.N.C.L.E.) as Zeus, Emmy® Award winner Marg Helgenberger (CSI, China Beach) as Hera, Oliver Platt (X-Men: First Class, Chicago Med) as Hades, and Vicki Lewis (NewsRadio, Godzilla) as Persephone.