I’m not a big fan of Wonder Woman, but I think there was more to it than “woman lead” that people liked. It was a nice mix of mythology with an exploration of humankind’s fascination with war, it had a pretty surprising twist, the acting was strong, the romance was turned on its head from usual romances, the effects were good, there were some nice action sequences.
It was a bit stiff for me, and ill-served by the Snyder aesthetic, but I don’t agree with the notion that it was a hit and praised just because it starred a woman.
As for Ethan Hawke, I tend to agree with him that these superhero films are not great (certainly not if Bresson and Bergman is the bar), although I still like them. I’m not totally sure what he was getting at with that point, and as it was the last question in an otherwise very thoughtful interview I wonder if what followed was trimmed for length. But, I don’t think he was wrong.