Without a doubt, Wonder Woman has set a high standard for all upcoming DC films. It has created a character, and a movie, that has broken through the dull, overplayed, and, at times, plot-holed standard that the past DC movies (excluding the Dark Knight trilogy) have been known for. Instead, we, the audience, get an original character with new goals and ideals that they bring to the table, creating a very static and deep character that brings the movie to life. Well, that and the movies incredible plot. That being said, no movie can truly be great without great music, and Wonder Woman has it.
Almost all of Wonder Woman’s music, save for Sia and Labrinth’s To Be Human, were written by Rupert Gregson-Williams. This musical mastermind created fourteen original works that not only blend seamlessly in with the tone and overall feel of the movie but magnify it greatly. It starts with Amazons of Themyscira, a song that starts soft and slowly builds up in volume and intensity, creating a majestic background that gives life to the film’s movement to the starting environment, Themyscira. The movie then shifts into a loud, but beautiful orchestral piece that perfectly reflects the beauty of Themyscira, thus creating the perfect musical personification of the images shown on screen.
Among the multitude of songs that Gregson-Williams brings to the movie, Pain, Loss &Love, describes exactly what the title suggests it does; pain, loss, and love. Without going into too much detail of the movie, the scene that this song is paired with deals with intense pain and heartache, brought on by the war. The slow, haunting, yet oddly inspirational melody mimics the warring thoughts and emotions that echo through Diana’s mind as she sees the pain that the war is causing. Feeling obligated to step in, Diana joins the fray, leading into one of movie’s most inspirational and awe-inspiring moments of the film, coupled with a song that portrays the sentiments of the characters expertly; No Man’s Land.
No Man’s Land echoes the determination and desperation that Diana goes through as she pushes forward and change the tide of the battle. She, for a moment, seems overwhelmed and unprepared by her enemies’ sudden assault. She is left completely on the defensive, but refuses to back down and the build of the bright and low melody of the song reflects this. These slow build up and uplifting tones show Diana’s perseverance without her having to say anything and it speaks to the importance of the scene and what it stands for.
Further on in the movie, during one of the most pivotal battles in the movie, the best song, at least in my opinion, plays. Wonder Woman’s Wrath echoes the very feelings that one would think would be expected with a name like ‘Wonder Woman’s Wrath‘. Every punch, kick, swords swing, and shield bash is elevated by explosive electronics and drums that serve to exaggerate the battle to momentous proportions. The music then evolves into a rendition of Hans Zimmer and Tom Holkenborg’s theme for Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It is this familiar fast-paced and electronic sound that resonates with DC Comic fans, or, more specifically, those fans that watched Dawn of Justice, as this song defines Wonder Woman in many ways.
Zimmer and Holkenborg’s music, with its intensity and crisp tone shifts, portray Wonder Woman as what she is; a fierce woman who is more than capable of facing adversity, just like any man. This meaning is transferred to Wonder Woman through the sound of Wonder Woman’s Wrath as it duplicates this sound almost note for note, creating music that is more than simple battle music. It shows not only her power but her strength as a warrior.
Wonder Woman is an incredible movie with amazing music. Rupert Gregson-Williams truly brought out this DC heroine to her fullest. Each song expresses the heated emotions that each character goes through and adds to the tensions of the movie. While DC movies have always had extraordinary music, but Wonder Woman has set an imperiously high standard for all future movies.