DC fans can breathe a sigh of relief: it looks as if the comic book juggernaut’s cold streak on the silver screen is coming to an end.

Early screenings of the new Wonder Woman film are underway, and the first wave of reactions has been overwhelmingly positive.

The film, directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing) tracks Wonder Woman's (Gadot) origin story, as she leaves her home in the Amazons to fight in World War I. Critics have lauded Gadot's performance and commented on tonal improvements in comparison with previous DC films. It appears as if the dearth in quality since Christopher Nolan's Batman films may finally be over.

This critical success could be quite timely for DC, whose last two films (Suicide Squad and Batman Vs Superman) were panned by critics (though this did not affect numbers at the box office). It could pave the way for a ramped up fight against Marvel, whose upcoming web of films – The Avengers Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Spiderman: Homecoming – threatens to oversaturate the superhero film market. 

It is also a win for women in the film industry, as the first female superhero film helmed by a female director.