Diana’s wish, naturally, has to do with the long-dead love of her life, Steve Trevor. Through this clunky bit of storytelling, Steve comes back. For reasons I can’t fathom, Steve didn’t just magically appear, he’s hijacked the body of some poor guy who no one seems to care about, and this leads to one amusing fashion montage and a LOT of questionable choices. While Chris Pine does a great job as Steve, through no fault of his own, this is about when the movie start going downhill.
Barbara’s wish gets her started on the road to power, and at first it seems like one of those bad 80’s movies (Hey, right era at least) when the dorky kid becomes popular and handles it badly. But things get much worse. Diana and Steve enjoy each other, which is really problematic. While I wouldn’t kick either Wonder Woman or Gal Gadot out of my bed, I’d like to have some choice in the matter. Poor Nameless Guy doesn’t get that. Max, coming into his own weird power, moves around the world, causing chaos, bringing bad Arab stereotypes to life, and giving us the only other mention to the wider world of DC, with a passing reference to Bialya, Bialya has been the source of a lot of problems for various DC heroes, but we see none of that.
As Barbara gets corrupted by her newfounded abilities, Diana and Steve ride the DC Metro (with anachronistic signs indicating lines that didn’t exist back then), steal a plane (that the decades-out-of-date Trevor knows how to fly), exceed the flying range of any craft of that size, and, oh yeah, Diana gets a new ability by the Power of Convenience, which is a sort of nod to one of Wonder Woman’s iconic tools.
Max keeps getting more and more power, ignores his son the mother is never mentioned), and manipulates people with ridiculous ease to do just what he wants. It’s never enough for him, and he escalates things constantly. We do learn of a way to stop Max, but it comes at a huge price. Diana resists, but eventually pays it, since there’s no other option. Barbara gets more and more selfish, clashing with her former friend and slowly metamorphosizing towards her comic book incarnation. There, she’s known as Cheetah. The Cheetah character has had several origins over the decades. This is none of them.
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