The last three months saw a wave of movies debut in theatres, and now that the dust has settled, we can finally see which films emerged victorious and which films fell flat. On that note, we have gone through this summer’s offerings to make sense of the winners.
Wonder Woman No Man’s Land
Winner: Patty Jenkins
In terms of accolades and box office staying power, this summer almost certainly belongs to Wonder Woman’s Patty Jenkins. Diana Prince’s solo movie has made historic amounts of money, and many people are even calling for Jenkins to get Oscar recognition when awards season rolls around. That is pretty good when we consider how heavily the odds seemed stacked against Wonder Woman and the DCEU before Jenkins’ film debuted. Beyond that, she proved herself as a shrewd negotiator in her deal to direct Wonder Woman 2, which will ultimately see her become the most highly paid female director in Hollywood.
Although DC only released one movie this summer (compared to Marvel’s two), it was a doozy. Wonder Woman came in like a wrecking ball when it premiered on June 9, and the film has made an astonishing amount of money throughout its theatrical run — to say nothing of its widespread critical accolades. However, Wonder Woman isn’t the only reason why DC has had a great summer; the DC slate unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con came packed to the brim with great projects (such as The Flash: Flashpoint), and it shows that the DCEU seems to be moving in a solid direction.
The concept of diversity in film has existed as a hot button issue for years, but this summer showed how studios could embrace representation and monetize it for some serious success. Although comedies generally didn’t perform all that well this summer, the two standouts were How To Be A Latin Lover (which, as the title suggests, centres on a Latino lead), and Girls Trip (which stars a predominately black female cast). Couple that with the success of Wonder Woman, a female-drive superhero movie, and it makes a compelling case for the success of diverse ensembles and protagonists on film.
Winner: Self-Contained Stories
Despite the fact that cinematic universes continue to thrive and create some truly fantastic stories, summer 2017 saw a huge boom in the success of self-contained stories — which seems like a continuation of Logan’s success earlier this year. Movies like Wonder Woman and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 take place in existing cinematic universes, but directors Patty Jenkins and James Gunn both kept their films at arm’s length from the DCEU and Marvel Cinematic Universe, respectively. The distance seems to have paid off, and it’s becoming clear that audiences still like stories with real beginnings, middles and endings.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro