[Review] Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines was released in 2019. The film was directed by Sam Liu and Justin Copeland. The movie stars Rosario Dawson, Jeffrey Donovan, Marie Avgeropoulos, Adrienne C. Moore, and Mozhan Marno. The plot sees Diana tracking down the elusive Dr. Cyber as she turns one of her closest friends into a cybernetic supervillain. Wonder Woman must face off against this new villain and many Greek weapons to save her friend’s life.

Rosario Dawson really gets her chance to shine as Wonder Woman in this movie. Her character has often been pushed into a supporting role for most of these movies, so it’s nice to see her show off her capabilities as the lead character. Her supporting cast also stood out for me, the interactions with Steve Trevor and Etta Candy were fun to see. I appreciate how this film takes its time: the first 20 minutes are spent developing Wonder Woman’s relationship with the Silver Swan.

I do think the other villains were extremely underwhelming. Dr. Poison is really no more than a lackey for main villain Dr. Cyber, but she doesn’t really have any characterization. Medusa’s inclusion feels pointless because she’s really only there to give Wonder Woman something to punch in the final battle. What’s also annoying is that a pivotal plot point and revelation is saved for an easily missed end-credit scene that could have been put before the credits.

This movie has me wishing for more animated Wonder Woman movies in the future. Rosario Dawson puts her all into possibly her only solo Wonder Woman film. Her supporting cast strengthen the story and give good banter, when they could have easily been annoying comic relief. However, weak villains and misplacement of certain plot points hold the movie back. I would recommend this movie to any Wonder Woman fan as it’s definitely a great Wonder Woman story.

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