‘Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’ Review: A Step Back From The DC Animated Universe
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is produced by DC and Warner Bros. Animation with distribution from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. The film is now available for digital download with an October 22nd Blu-ray release after having its Premiere at NYCC.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines takes a melodramatic step back from the greatness of DC’s last two years of animated films. There’s action a plenty and a fair amount of entertainment value, but the story does not match the excellence of recent offerings. The script by Mairghread Scott treads sappy. The mother, daughter, and sister dynamics explored become soap opera-esque. The villains are underdeveloped with a muddy agenda. I wanted more depth from the Villainy Inc. storyline. Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is watchable in its mediocrity, but is not comparable with The Death of Superman, its sequel Reign of the Supermen, and the superb Batman: Hush.
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines begins five years in the past, before the events of Justice League: War. Fighter pilot Steve Trevor (Jeffrey Donovan) crashes into the ocean while battling Darkseid’s Parademons. Luckily, he crosses the magical barrier that hides the Amazon refuge of Themyscira. He’s saved by Princess Diana (Rosario Dawson), who believes it is her duty to help save the human world. Her mother, Queen Hippolyta (Cree Summer), disagrees. Diana rebels against her mother and people. She leaves with Steve Trevor and is banished from the only home she has ever known.
Wonder Woman takes it upon herself to help a troubled young girl who has fallen in with a deadly organization known as Villainy Inc.
Directors: Justin Copeland, Sam Liu
Screenplay by : Mairghread Scott
Stars: Marie Avgeropoulos, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase
What are the Critics saying about ‘Wonder Woman: Bloodlines’?
Josh Wilding (ComicBookMovie.com)
Stellar action scenes and strong character work make Wonder Woman: Bloodlines a must-see but a better story would have helped place this latest DC animated movie among some of the studio’s truly classic efforts.
Julian Roman (MovieWeb)
Wonder Woman: Bloodlines is an origin story with relationship overload. There’s action a plenty and fair amount of entertainment value, but takes a melodramatic step back from the greatness of DC’s last two years of animated films.
Susana Polo (Polygon)
Bloodlines manages the balancing act of TV animation action with a surprisingly moving heart; a story about demanding mothers and their estranged daughters, and how deep the pain cuts when you feel that who you are is not enough for your loved ones.