As teased in trailers, Wonder Woman catches the aftermath of Superman and Batman's puffy-chested scuffle -- a cursory 10 minutes, despite being the keystone of a two-and-a-half-hour movie named after the fight -- and joins in for a smackdown with Doomsday, a cross between a Lord of the Rings troll and Gloppy from Candy Land. Gadot steals the scenes from her male co-stars, a fiery blast of confidence and a welcome alternative to the genre's hypermasculine legacy. True to her Grecian/Amazonian roots, Wonder Woman slices and bashes and lasso-of-truths the monster while Batman and Superman unpack their baggage. Snyder gives her the clearest action in the film, like she's Greta Garbo wielding an iron blade. Appropriately, an electric guitar wails on the soundtrack when Wonder Woman leaps into action.
The rock-star turn sets Gadot up for her own vehicle, Wonder Woman, currently set for a 2017 debut. None of Batman v Superman's missteps can erode the possibilities. Who knows if Gadot can carry her own movie, if the solo movie's World War I action will wind up as convoluted and mythology-heavy as the relentless Batman v Superman. We have a Wonder Woman. She can roar. Her, and our, future is bright (at least bright-ish -- Wonder Woman will continue in the grim, Snyder-produced movie universe, after all). So, thank you, Zack Snyder. You forgot the cat litter, but we're happy you grabbed the Ring Pops.
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Matt Patches is Thrillist’s Entertainment editor. He previously wrote for Grantland, Esquire.com, Vulture, The Hollywood Reporter, and The Guardian. He loved the hell out of Man of Steel, so, there's that. Find him on Twitter @misterpatches.