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Today in Nerd History | June 2

Gear up for a heroic day as we celebrate the anniversaries of two monumental superhero films that not only entertained audiences but also pushed the boundaries of their respective universes. On June 2, we delve into the thrilling world of “Wonder Woman,” which premiered in 2017, bringing the iconic Amazonian warrior to the big screen in a major solo debut. In 2023, the Spider-Verse expanded with “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” a sequel that continued to weave the intricate web of multiple Spider-People from different dimensions. Let’s explore some “Nerdy Facts” about these groundbreaking films.

Inclusion on this list does not imply that the entry is family friendly, only that is was a nerd culture milestone. Parents should, of course, use discernment.

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2017: Wonder Woman (Theaters)

Directed by Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman” starred Gal Gadot as Diana Prince, marking a critical and box-office triumph for female-led superhero films and setting new standards for the genre.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Historic Direction: Patty Jenkins became the first woman to direct a live-action superhero film with a female protagonist, shattering box office records and paving the way for more female-directed, female-led projects in Hollywood.
  • Cultural Impact: “Wonder Woman” was widely praised for its positive representation of women, both in front of and behind the camera, inspiring audiences and sparking discussions about gender equality in the film industry.
  • Box Office Heroine: The film grossed over $821 million worldwide, making it one of the highest-grossing films of 2017 and the highest-grossing film directed by a woman at that time.

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2023: Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Theaters)

“Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” took audiences on another multiverse adventure, expanding the innovative animated style introduced in its predecessor and exploring new dimensions of the Spider-Man mythology.

 

Nerdy Facts:

  • Expanded Multiverse: The sequel built on the success of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” by introducing even more characters from different dimensions, each with unique animations and backgrounds, showcasing the diversity of the Spider-Man universe.
  • Animation Evolution: The film continued to push the boundaries of animation, employing a groundbreaking mix of techniques that mimicked comic book aesthetics more dynamically than ever before.
  • Critical Acclaim: Early reviews praised the film for its inventive visuals, deep emotional storytelling, and complex character development, setting it apart as a standout sequel in the superhero genre.

June 2 is a day to celebrate the art of storytelling through the lens of superheroes who not only save the day but also inspire change and reflection. Whether it’s the battlefields of World War I with Wonder Woman or the multi-dimensional escapades of Spider-Man, these films remind us of the power of cinema to entertain, enlighten, and inspire. Happy Nerd History Day to all who find heroes in the multiplex and beyond!

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