Like Superman and other original comic book superheroes, Wonder Woman’s introduction in the 1940s cast her as a female champion who could bring the smackdown on Nazi Germany. It makes sense, then, that this new fan trailer for a Wonder Woman movie has Diana squaring off against the Third Reich.
But what makes this concept trailer especially impressive is that it’s directed by stuntman Jesse V. Johnson and stars Nina Bergman as perhaps the most convincing Diana we’ve seen on-screen since Lynda Carter.
One io9 commenter complained that this looks too much like a mash-up of “a female Captain America set in a PG-13 version of Inglourious Basterds.” Personally, I probably wouldn’t want to sit through two hours of Wonder Woman roundhouse kicking the swastikas off Nazi uniforms, either. But as a concept trailer goes, it does a fantastic job of grounding us in a really gritty historical period and giving Bergman room to shine.
If this were to become an actual movie, I could see it taking place elsewhere in history, or even modern-day. Of course, the sad truth is that whatever “canon” Wonder Woman adventure ends up happening—right now it seems to be The CW’s Amazon, which follows Diana through high school dramas—won’t be nearly as good.
So for the moment, let’s just appreciate Peter Stormare (Lockout, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) as a Nazi creep and Bergman’s absolute BAMF status as she takes down a fighter plane with an MG-42. My one quibble? No Lasso of Truth.
Natalie Zutter is a playwright, foodie, and pop culture blogger. Her writing has appeared on BlackBook, Ology, and Crushable, where she discusses celebrity culture alongside internet memes (or vice versa). Weekly you can find her calling in to the Hunger Games Fireside Chat podcast, reviewing new releases at Movie Mezzanine, and on Twitter.