Despite shouldering the heavy baggage of the first few releases in the DC Extended Universe, Wonder Woman is now a success story on nearly every level. Riding the tide of glowing reviews and massive social media response, the film has soared past the $300-million mark domestically, becoming a milestone for female-led comic book adaptations.
Patty Jenkins' first entry in the DCEU has even drawn the praise of Marvel Cinematic Universe stars. And now Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has chimed in with more of his thoughts on Wonder Woman, specifically speaking about what Diana Prince's thunderous debut means for when the female-led Captain Marvel arrives in theaters in 2019.
"What it does do is go, 'Oh, thank God,'" he told Mashable. "Because what the question would have been on this junket before that is, 'Do you think people want to see a female superhero movie? ... Are you nervous about Captain Marvel being a big, the first female hero?' And I would always say no, because there hasn't been a good one in a long time. There were, you know, 15 years ago, a bunch of bad ones. Did they fail because they were female-led movies? No. They failed because they were not good movies."
"I don't have to say that anymore," he continued, "thanks to Wonder Woman, because it just blows that fallacy out of the water."
In theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.