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The Wonder Woman Buzz is Great

The early Wonder Woman buzz is hot and today’s Opening Credits has a little surprise for subscribers.

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Here’s a dirty little secret about film critics and their relationship to the DCEU — aka The Detective Comics Expanded Universe (of Cinema): we all want these movies to be good. And for several years, there has been a wide range of reactions to the universe being built by a creative team led by Zack Snyder, producers Charles Roven and Deb Snyder, and writer David S. Goyer. It’s all created this backlash-to-the-backlash with the DCEU’s most fervent admirers. Accusations of hidden agendas (and hidden paychecks from Marvel) have been flung onto the pages of the Internet at a pace only rivaled by the political discourse in America. But there’s no doubt that many of us — — and I say this as a critic, a fan, and a friend to many other professionals in the industry — — would rather be delighted by these films and sing their praises. No one wades into the muck with the most rabid fanbases for the sport of it. Okay, maybe some do, but for most of us, it’s just not worth it.

What we’d like to be able to deliver are reactions like the ones you can read below. These are the first reactions about DC’s new adventure, the Patty Jenkins-helmed Wonder Woman film. I’ve collected them from some of our close friends around the industry, the kinds of haters you’ve seen grace the bylines of this very site, guest on our podcasts, and show up in our drunken Sundance party photos. These are people we trust. And their words on Wonder Woman give us a great deal of increased hope about what we’re to expect when we (well, at least I) get to see the film. Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing it on opening night with an electric crowd, preferably with a little buzz on. For now, these are the first words on

For now, these are the first words on Gal Gadot’s solo jaunt through high superheroics. They won’t be the last — — and there will undoubtedly be naysayers — — but that’s not important. What matters is that you find people you trust, then see the thing for yourself and make up your own mind. These are people we trust…

Today in Pop Culture History

Andre the Giant was born on this day in 1946. Miss that loveable oaf.

On this day in 1997, Steven Spielberg’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park debuted in theaters. Two years later, on the same day, Star Wars: Episode I also premiered.

In 2007, the Coen Brothers walked the Croisette in Cannes on their way to debuting No Country for Old Men.

What You Need to Know Today

Here’s all you really need to know today: I’ve got a special giveaway for one lucky subscriber to the Opening Credits daily email. The folks putting out Jordan Peele’s Get Out on Blu-ray have sent me a prize pack that includes the film on Blu-ray, a “Get Out” Welcome Mat, a luggage tag, a travel kit, some tea tins, and other assorted things you may need for a weekend getaway. If you’re a subscriber via email, you’re automatically eligible to win. So subscribe via this form if you haven’t already.


We hazed our new interns by making them tell us what movie represents their essence as people. If you were a movie, which movie would you be?

Meg Shield put together a wonderful tour of the early repertoire of DreamWorks Animation, which to this day remains some underrated, brilliant animation.

Jamie Righetti dug into the Italian horror gem Dark Waters, proving once again that she’s in her wheelhouse when talking about the most unnerving cinema.

Shot of the Day

This one is for all the hardcore DCEU fans who are still probably mad. Y’all need to self-medicate.