Just days before Gal Gadot will hit the big screen, reprising Lynda Carter’s terrific role, Warner Bros. re-releases the commemorative edition of the animated feature film, Wonder Woman. Originally released direct-to-DVD in 2009, and written by Gail Simone (based on legendary George Perez’s storyline “Gods and Mortals”), the story features the voice work of Keri Russell, David McCallum, Virginia Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, Nathan Fillion, and other strong actors. As Wonder Woman meets Steve Trevor, she is also drawn into conflict with Ares, who resents the Amazons’ defeat and seeks to cause a worldwide war.
While fans of DC comics will no doubt recognize the pillars of the story, it’s easy to see why Wonder Woman/Diana is inspirational to so many. Raised on an island by women who were intended to defend the world, she is the one who is willing to bridge the gap between gods and mortals, sacrificially, making her a Christ figure of sorts. With a purity of heart, and a courage to match, this is one Amazon woman who isn’t just out for herself – she’s trying to defend the world whether they recognize her or not.
Warner Bros.’ special features on the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD include three featurettes on the heroine in question: a seventy-five-year review of the character in “What Makes A Wonder Woman” through the eyes of others, “Wonder Woman: A Subversive Dream,” and “Wonder Woman: Daughter of Myth.” DC insiders Bruce Timm, Gregory Noveck, Lauren Montgomery, and Michael Jelenic weigh in with scene analysis on another featurette, and DC throws in a sneak peek at the next DC Universe original film, Batman and Harley Quinn.