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REVIEW: Wonder Woman: Bloodlines (2019)

Wonder Woman: Bloodlines tells the origins of one of the Justice League’s leading members, Diana Prince, the Amazon Princess of Themyscira, as she meets the young fighter pilot Steve Trevor, and aids him in escaping Themysciran imprisonment in order to help him save the people of man’s world from an alien invasion. Sometime later, she finds herself trying to help a girl that lives at home with a strict yet neglectful mother. The young girl is later recruited by a crime committing organization known only as Villainy Incorporated, headed by the mysterious Doctor Cyber.

Last time we saw Diana Prince in her own animated feature, it was back in 2009’s ‘Wonder Woman’ which starred Keri Russell in the leading voice role. However, in this new animated feature, Russell has not returned, and instead, we are treated to the voice of Rosario Dawson as Diana Prince. Dawson is known for her roles in Clerks 2, Rent, both Sin City films and more recently in the Marvel Netflix shows Daredevil, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, as a connecting character before they merged as The Defenders. She is also well known for her voice acting, – she has voiced Artemis in the 2009 Wonder Woman animated film, Batgirl/Barbara Gordon in The Lego Batman Movie  Elaris in Ratchet and Clank, but most importantly, as Wonder Woman in previous DC Animated features including Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League vs The Teen Titans, Justice League: Dark, The Death of Superman, and the still fairly recent Reign of the Supermen, which means Dawson has plenty of experience portraying the Princess of Themyscira.

Other cast members include Jeffrey Donovan (Sicario, Hitch, Burn Notice) as Steve Trevor, Kimberly Brooks (Batman: Mystery of the Batwoman, World of Warcraft, Voltron: Legendary Defender) as the voices of both Cheetah & Giganta, Adrienne C. Moore (Orange is the New Black, Shaft) as Etta Candy, Marie Avgeropoulos (50/50, Tracers, The 100) as the voice of SIlver Swan/Vanessa Kapatelis, the young girl Diana is trying to help.

Mozhan Marnò (The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, House of Cards) brings her voice to the villain of the film, Dr. Cyber, who throughout most of the film is just that, a voice, although we do get to see an image of her venomous cobra head logo on screens as she passes her demands to her associates and converses with the enemies. Marnò’s voice gives the film’s villain a real presence in every scene that involves her. She keeps the character mysterious, cunning, maniacal and more importantly, villainous.

The animation in this film is absolutely top-notch. I think Warner Bros. animation improved most recently in the previous two films The Death of Superman and Reign of the Supermen, with crystal clear linework that really allows the characters to stand out from the backgrounds and keep the animation crisp. Warner Bros. and DC animation has always been a leading player in the field in my opinion, with plenty of incredibly animated features that rival many live-action films, not just for their appearance but for their stories as well, which are always gripping, with plenty of twists and turns to keep us on our toes during that first viewing.

This film demonstrates the true strength, willpower, and compassion of Diana, as she continues to fight a battle in which she does not want to hurt her adversary, and she tries so hard to get through to her and bring her back to the light as the young girl she met before. Rosario Dawson has once again brought the character to life from the pages of the comics straight onto the small screen.

As fans have come to expect from WBA, there is plenty of action in this film, because in these animated features fans love to see the fluidly animated fight sequences that really bring comic panels to life. This film also has plenty of comedy to help ease some of the more dramatic and tense scenes, but never feels shoe-horned in or awkward. The two comedic personalities come more prominently in the form of Steve Trevor and Etta Candy, but Diana is also known to crack a joke now and then too.

Bloodlines is everything you could want from an animated Wonder Woman film. It brings us action, drama and comedy in a superbly told story with gorgeous animation that is clean, colourful and makes the characters really stand out from one another. It is truly one of the best DC Animated films in and the finale will leave you on the edge of your seat.

Rating: ★★★★★

Directed by: Justin Copeland, Sam Liu
Written by: Mairghread Scott
Cast: Rosario Dawson, Marie Avgeropoulos, Kimberely Brooks, Jeffrey Donovan, Adrienne C. Moore

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