Despite the amount of heart both Jenkins and Gadot put into the film, Wonder Woman is far from perfect, though the fault lies on neither woman. With a rocky road to production that saw original director Michelle MacLaren exit over creative differences, Wonder Woman was sure to have its issues as it headed towards the big screen.
Shoddy CGI, a rather typical origin story, and a poorly conceived third act took Wonder Woman down a few pegs, making a Best Picture nomination highly unlikely. It's something that is hard to admit, especially given just how important Wonder Woman is to Hollywood, but a film shouldn't receive a nomination for simply being "okay," especially when there are plenty of other features worthy of an award. To call Wonder Woman's lack of nominations a "snub" is unfair, as it implies the film was overlooked rather than seen for the imperfect work it was.
Looking back, 2017 proved to be a great year for comic book films, with nearly every release seemingly topping the one before it. It also happened to be a standout year for film in general thanks to the likes of Get Out, Lady Bird and The Shape of Water, another reason why stating Wonder Woman was snubbed seems unfair. Yes, Jenkins deserves plenty of praise for her work on the feature and for essentially single handily saving the DC Extended Universe from itself, but it takes more than an above-average product to be worthy of an Academy Award nomination. Likely due in part to its bumpy journey to the big screen, the film we ultimately received seemed to be rushed into theaters. And while the CGI in earlier scenes -- most notably the boat scene -- proved to be distracting, it was the CGI-heavy battle at the end that was essentially Wonder Woman's Achilles heel.
Thankfully, with Jenkins having been involved from the get-go on Wonder Woman 2, an Oscar nomination for the sequel isn't exactly an empty dream. Prior to taking over Wonder Woman, Jenkins' Monster earned actress Charlie Theron a Best Actress win for her work as Aileen Wuornos, a real life Daytona Beach prostitute who became a serial killer. Jenkins not only directed the feature, but also wrote the screenplay, proving she's more than capable of delivering Oscar-worthy work when given the time to properly develop a story. With the critically acclaimed director and writer teaming up with Geoff Johns and Dave Callaham (The Expendables), Diana's second outing looks promising -- possibly even award-worthy.
Available now on digital HD, Blu-ray and DVD, 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 Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison, and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy. The Wonder Woman sequel is set to hit theaters in 2019.