Wonder Woman, brought to the screen by Monster director Patty Jenkins after years in development hell, is far and away the best entry into DC’s Extended Universe yet. It stars Gal Gadot as the titular superheroine, otherwise known as Diana, Princess of Themyscira. Her life is one of peace and quiet until she rescues American pilot Steve Trevor (a winning Chris Pine) after he crashes his plane off the shore of Amazonia. Inspired by his tales of a war to end all wars happening outside the safety of Amazonia, Diana is compelled to action, convinced the conflict has something to do with Ares, the God of War. The film is briskly paced, with some blistering action sequences – one, in particular, set in No Man’s Land on the Western Front, is inspired. Jenkins directs with poise, ensuring the tone is kept buoyant (Diana’s fish-out-of-water schtick is extremely amusing), even in what is an exacting third act that could have done with a rethink. Gadot impresses most, her ability to be both steely and warm-hearted making Wonder Woman someone to idolise for her unshakable beliefs and optimism.