Everything We Know About Wonder Woman
By Jaclyn Cascio (@jaclynator)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced us to the exotic and mysterious Wonder Woman, and soon she will be starring in her own solo film in the DCEU. We know she can hold her own with the big boys, but now we will have the chance to see exactly how the strong woman became the warrior we saw fighting alongside other DC heroes. With Women’s History Month wrapped up, let’s take a look at what we know about the female led super-hero(ine) film, Wonder Woman.
If you’ve been waiting for Diana Prince to grace the cinema screens, you know the journey to get Wonder Woman on the big screen began more than 20 years ago, in 1996. A line-up of writers, directors, producers, actors, and actresses came and went, but a film about the super-heroine never seemed to get off the ground (not even when Joss Whedon gave it a go)! Fortunately for us, the efforts continued and paid off. With director Patty Jenkins (Monster) at the helm, (taking the job in 2015 after Michelle MacLaren left the project as a director due to creative differences) the screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns will come alive on our screens this summer.
The story by Allan Heinberg, Zack Snyder, and Jason Fuchs introduces old and new viewers to the origins of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman will take us back to WWI (not WWII as comic book readers might expect) and the island of Themyscira. Our heroine (played by Gal Gadot) is the daughter of Zeus and is training to become a fierce warrior on an island ruled by her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen). She learns to fight like General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli). But everything changes when American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on the island. He brings news of the “world of man,” including a terrible war ravaging the world. The war might be more complicated than originally believed, with Ares, the god of war (David Thewlis), posing as Sir Patrick Morgan, a peace advocate on the war council. Believing she can bring the war to an early end, the intrepid heroine leaves her home of Themyscira with Trevor, takes the identity of Army nurse Diana Prince, and becomes Wonder Woman.
Produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder, and Richard Suckle, Wonder Woman began principal photography in November 2015, filming in locations like London, France, and Italy. In May 2016, filming of Wonder Woman wrapped and post-production began, giving individuals like composer Rupert Gregson-Williams (Hacksaw Ridge) time to make their additions to the PG-13 movie.
Wonder Woman doesn’t just star Gal Gadot and Chris Pine as their characters venture into the world (and have a chance to find love). There’s plenty of fun supporting cast too! Danny Huston (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) will play the role of German General Erich Ludendorff while Elena Anaya will be Maru/Doctor Poison, a mad scientist (as they all seem to be in comic books) specializing in chemistry, specifically poisons. Eugene Brave Rock will play a character named Chief, and some of the Amazons will be played by Mayling Ng, Florence Kasumba, Madeleine Vall, Anne Wolfe, and Doutzen Kroes.
Meanwhile, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) has quite the posse, with Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Trevor’s loyal and comical secretary who befriends Diana. Sameer, Trevor’s master of disguise and spy ally is played by Saïd Taghmaoui while Ewen Bremner plays Charlie, another ally who is a sharp-shooter who loves alcohol just a little too much.
That’s everything we know so far about the project. Get ready to see DCEU’s first female superhero led movie when Wonder Woman hits the screens in the U.K. and U.S. in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on June 2, 2017. For more updates, follow the film’s official Twitter page (@wonderwomanfilm) or check out the official website at www.wonderwomanfilm.com.