As you're probably aware, we published a review for the new DC Comics film Wonder Woman a few days ago - and almost since the moment people started reading it, it began to draw controversy over some of the language used and the overall tone. While we are not alone in this particular controversy (Vulture's review of Wonder Woman has also been met with a fair share of blowback), we felt that the outrage was forceful enough that we had no choice but to take down the review and offer this apology to you.
So let's get right to it: we're sorry.
I had tried to judge the movie honestly - after all, as the first truly big budget superhero film starring and directed by women, I had a duty to give the film a fair shake and review it on its own terms. I will admit that I had my biases and certain expectations based on my previous experiences with films under the DC Comics umbrella, but when I walked into the Alamo Drafthouse's women-only screening, I have to admit that I felt a certain tingle of excitement.
Sadly, I now see how my choice of words and means of conveying my thoughts on the film may have crossed a certain line - and for that, I am truly sorry. Seeing comments like this across social media made me realize my mistake (even if the quotes were taken out of context):
In my own defense, I will say this: sometimes when you spend a long time on a certain piece (as I did with this - slaving away for hours on end to make sure I got everything just right), you sometimes lose sight of yourself. I was so focused on getting each individual phrase and word just right, that I failed to see that the piece as a whole was riddled with issues. In essence, I was too zoomed in - and I lost the forest for the trees.
That being said, I did not come here today to offer excuses - I came to admit I had perhaps acted hastily and to apologize to you. You, my dear readers - who respect my opinions and use my reviews to gauge whether or not a film is worth seeing - deserve better. You placed your trust in me, and I did not hold up my end of the bargain.
Still, I do think the review did have some merit, and certain sections that truly elucidated what I hope everyone who sees Wonder Woman ultimately is able to take away from it. While the piece had to be removed as a gesture of goodwill, I hope my words will not be lost forever. So I leave you with the final section of my review, reprinted here and highlighted:
I hope I can begin earning your trust back. Thank you.