Weekly Wonder Woman

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman (Rebirth) #2, Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition

It’s the last Weekly Wonder Woman for at least a month now, I’m afraid, as I’m away on my usual August break. Sorry about that, but vacations are so, so necessary.

I don’t think I’ll be missing much in my coverage, at least in terms of comics, since despite the launch of DC Rebirth, Wonder Woman going bi-monthly and her 75th birthday, there’s not been much for me to cover of late. Okay, so in the past week, Lego has done that nice 75th birthday tribute shot above, which takes in everything from Wondy’s heady Volume 1 days fighting the Nazis through her TV series, her adventures with the Justice League, her nu52 showdown with Darkseid to Batman v Superman (Nice Ares, by the way).

DC’s done a similar thing themselves this week, showing us Wonder Woman through the ages:

There’s also been quite a bit about next year’s Wonder Woman, including a synopsis:

Wonder Woman hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

Joining Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston. The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, “Wonder Woman.” The film is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

No mention of her being a goddess or anything, but it’s a synopsis. There’s also been a lot of chat about who’s actually written the movie. We’ve had some new pictures, including one with Chris Pine as Steve Trevor with Gal Gadot:

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman with sword and shield

Both Gadot and Pine will be at this year’s ComicCon, incidentally, where DC has all manner of things planned for Wondy’s 75th – you can even have your photo taken in the cockpit of her invisible jet, apparently. Hmm…

And Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition has also been released in the UK on download (Blu-ray release date: 1 August). As well as a few precious extra bits of footage involving Diana – largely involving her hacking up Doomsday and all of which can be seen in this shoddily edited video…

…there’s a couple of featurettes about our Di. The first is a surprisingly good look over her 75th years in comics and on TV, featuring the likes of Phil Jimenez, Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang.

The second is more about the movie Wonder Woman, particularly how they designed her costume. Intriguingly, it also confirms that this Wonder Woman is immortal and 3,000 years old; it also features some new footage from Wonder Woman. Take a look while you still can or go and buy it:

But apart from that, it’s been quiet. She almost appeared in Action Comics #959… but we’re just going to have to wait until next month for her rematch with Doomsday.

Wonder Woman is coming in Action Comics #960

That means we only had Wonder Woman (Rebirth) #2 to peruse. What happened in #1? Well, you could read last week’s review or you could watch this DC recap video. Apparently that’s a thing now.

Unfortunately, it’ll be no help in telling you what happens in #2 as odd- and even-numbered issues are following completely different storylines with different artists. One day they’ll converge… just not yet. More on that after the jump when we discuss ‘Wonder Woman: Year One’!

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What have you been watching? Including Mr Robot, Marco Polo, The Last Ship and Outcast

It’s “What have you been watching?”, my chance to tell you what movies and TV I’ve been watching recently that I haven’t already reviewed and your chance to recommend things to everyone else (and me) in case I’ve missed them.

The usual “TMINE recommends” page features links to reviews of all the shows I’ve ever recommended, and there’s also the Reviews A-Z, for when you want to check more or less anything I’ve reviewed ever. 

Today’s is going to be the last WHYBW for quite some time now, since I’m off on my traditional summer break from next week. Whether I’ll take all of August off remains to be seen, but let’s not start promising anything at this point.

Before then, I’ll be reviewing the first episode of Vice Principals (US: HBO; UK: Sky Atlantic) and I’ve got plans to have a look over a couple of French shows on Netflix and Amazon, too. I might even have a look at Netflix’s Stranger Things, which debuted on Friday.

I’ve already reviewed the first episode of Barracuda (Australia: ABC), but after the jump, I’ll be looking at the latest episodes of 19-2, The Kettering Incident, The Last Ship, Outcast and Preacher, as well the return of Mr Robot and the rest of season two of Marco Polo. Given that I’m going to be away on holiday, will I employ my usual July ruthlessness and purge from the viewing list any that I can’t be bothered to catch up with? It’s a possibility…

At this point, I’d normally tell you about the movies I watched last week. Unfortunately, despite my best intentions, we couldn’t get through either Joy or Hail, Caesar!, since they were both a bit dull. That might be the closest I ever get to reviewing them, but you never know.

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Mini-review: Barracuda 1×1 (Australia: ABC; UK: BBC Three)

In Australia: Sundays, 8.30pm, ABC
In the UK: Acquired by BBC Three

There’s a worrying trend developing in television drama, one that I heartily disapprove of: drama about sports. It’s coming to us from the US, with the likes of Ballers, Pitch and Kingdom; meanwhile, Australia’s already given us tennis players in The Beautiful Lieand now we’ve got to put up with swimming with ABC’s Barracuda. I’m guessing with the Olympics on the way, there may be even more sports shows to come. Tsk. There’s really no need for it, though, is there?

To be fair, Barracuda is more an excuse to look at the issues around sport and at young men in speedos, than it is all about the glories of swimming, no matter how many dodgy poems Hungarian swimming coaches read to their youthful charges in their homes. Set in 1996, it sees newcomer Elias Anton playing a working class Olympian hopeful winning a scholarship to a prestigious private school that trains swimming champions. But there, as well as having to shave his chest and dive into water a lot, he has to navigate class boundaries, bullying and racism, in order to make it to the top. But what price does it come at and is it all worth it?

If you’ve watched any kind of sports drama and any kind of drama set in a school, particularly a private school, you won’t be surprised by much of what Barracuda has to offer, although what it does, it does very well. The young cast is decent and look the part; Matt Nable (Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gallipoli) is suitably inspiring as the coach, even if he sounds more South African than Hungarian; and the talented Rachel Griffiths (Brothers and Sisters, Very Annie Mary, Camp, Deadline Gallipoli) mysteriously shows up as one of the mums of the swim team.

It’s all beautifully shot and there are some good moments, even some involving sport, particularly when the reason for the show’s name gets revealed. But ultimately, even at just four episodes, you have to give a monkey’s about swimming for Barracuda to be worth your time.