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- Apr 4, 2017
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I had heard that Wonder Woman: Bloodlines was going to be based off of a short story from Neil Gaiman, but I have had no actual evidence that this was the case from my moderate researching into the title. Still, I’m a big fan of the DCAU (DC Animated Universe), and I still haven’t found a BAD movie in the batch. Most of them are quite a bit of fun to watch, and while some of them are aimed at younger audiences than others, only Superman: Doomsday has really let me down. That is until this entry. Bloodlines is NOT a bad movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it is easily one of the weaker entries into the DCAU, with a story that seems better suited for TV than a live action film, despite the use of some PG-13 language and violence.
The movie really doesn’t have anything to do with the 2009 Wonder Woman animated film, but instead decides to go back to the beginning and show us ANOTHER origin story for Diana (still played by Rosario Dawson). The typical finding of the Amazonian island is done by Steve Trevor (Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice), who crash lands his plane there and is captured by the Amazonian warriors. The only one to take pity on him and trust Steve to not reveal their existence is Princess Diana, who breaks him out against the Queen’s will and travels to the human world where she takes up the mantle of Wonder Woman to protect it.
While there Diana has to learn the cultures of Earth, and with the help of Dr. Julia Kapatelis (played by Nia Vardalos) and her daughter Vanessa (Marie Avgeropoulos) who is kind of struggling with her identity. Unfortunately, Vanessa is kind of ignored by her mother as she teaches Wonder Woman the intricacies of humanity, leading the malleable young teen embittered by the affections showered on Wonder Woman and not her by her own mother. Years later Vanessa facilitates the robbery of a priceless artifact that her mother dug up to criminals, only for Julia to end up dead in the fracas. Enraged and full of hate, Vanessa agrees to undergo a cybernetic treatment to turn her into a warrior known as The Silver Swan in order to take out her vengeance on Wonder Woman. The fight doesn’t exactly go as planned though, and Wonder Woman subdues her long enough to find out that the cybernetic enhancements are way outside of her league. The only place that has the technology to heal her of the implants is Diana’s own home, and that means going back to face her mother the Queen and see if she will aid them.
I DID like that Steve takes a much more active role in her training, and actually goes on missions with her much like he did in the comics. Jeffrey Donovan is perfect as the military pilot, and I just couldn’t help but see that twinkle eyed visage of Michael Westen in there through it all. Rosario Dawson has long since been the voice of Diana/Wonder Woman, and continues on with a solid portrayal. The rest are your typical TV animated voice acting though, and it continues on with feeling like a TV movie as a result. All in all, not a bad movie, but not one of the DCAU’s best either.
Rated PG-13 for sequences of fantasy action and violence, and some bloody images.
4K Video: Video:
• The Cheetah: Ferocious Archenemy (New Featurette) – Ferocious. Clever. Deadly. It's the thrill of the hunt and the prey is Wonder Woman. This is the story of The Cheetah, Diana's greatest enemy.
• A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Red Son – An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular DC Universe Movies collection.
• 2 Episodes of Batman: The Brave and the Bold
I am saddened to say that I was a little bit disappointed in Wonder Woman: Bloodlines. I’ve always at least ENJOYED the weaker DC Animated Universe offerings up till now, even the ones that don’t stick to the main plot lines, but this one felt like a couple of episodes of the Justice League show in movie form. It completely ignores the happenings of the 2009 Wonder Woman animated film, and even the happenings of Justice League: War. As a standalone film it’s all right, and certainly entertaining enough if you’re a fan of the series, but sadly it stands apart as one of the weakest entries that they’ve given us yet. Audio and video are very good though, and extras more than amenable. Rental is going to be my recommendation.
Starring: Marie Avgeropoulos, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase, Jeffrey Donovan, Rosario Dawson, Nia Vardalos, Michael Dorn
Directed by: Justin Copeland, Sam Liu
Written by: Mairghread Scott
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 HEVC
Audio: English: DTS-HD MA 5.1, French, German, Spanish DD 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish
Studio: Warner Brothers
Runtime: 83 Minutes
Blu-ray Release Date: October 22nd, 2019