Entertainment Weekly Releases Details About Wonder Woman’s Origin Story

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By: Karen Valenzuela (@VictoriaNoir89)

Entertainment Weekly has released an exclusive image of Wonder Woman and a few of her fellow Themysciran warriors.

Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster), will tell the story of Wonder Woman leaving Themyscira and coming to our world for the first time. Themyscira, called “Paradise Island” by creator William Moulton Marston in the original comics that began in 1941, is the fictional island nation blessed by the Olympian gods where a race of Amazonian warrior women exist in harmony, away from the influence of men.

Diana, the only child on the island, is both raised and trained by the other Themysciran warriors, including her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), and her two aunts, General Antiope (Robin Wright) and her lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli). No word yet as to whether the film will follow the comic storyline about U.S. Army intelligence officer Steve Trevor crash landing in Themyscira. Diana competes against other Themyscirans in a battle of strength, wit, and skills and wins, becoming Wonder Woman, Steve’s personal escort back to his own world. If so, the threesome pictured in the newly released image will be training her for her entry back into the world of men. Judging by the details we’ve been given of the setting, she’ll need all the training she can get, since she steps into a society in the midst of World War I.

According to Jenkins, “She is the only child they raised together. And their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them.” Which means they might get into a few arguments over the young princess. My assumption based on the image is that each of Diana’s trainers will have a different skillset, as they are all carrying different weapons. All of those skillsets will be part of Diana’s training so that she is the perfect warrior, skilled at every form of combat.

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Themyscira has always been described as a lush island, a paradise. So Jenkins and her crew filmed on islands off the Italian coast and Southern China to give Diana’s birthplace the utopian Greek look they imagined. “How would I want to live that’s badass?” Jenkins told EW in the interview.

EW also spoke Jenkins about what she was looking for in casting and costuming Diana and the Themysciran warriors who trained her. “To me they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men. It should be different. It should be authentic and real – and appealing to women,” she said. She and costume designer Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight) apparently know their audience, as there will be plenty of women fans flocking to this film next year. Not that other heroes haven’t gotten massive female audiences, but there is something special about Wonder Woman. The warriors show off their shoulders, crazy arm muscles, and bulging thighs. The costumes look comfortable and easy to move in, perfect for the full range of movement. But it’s also aesthetically pleasing, including their wrist cuffs and high heels. (Though Jenkins has said for actual battle, they wear flats, as any female superhero should.)

Wonder Woman premieres in theaters June 23, 2017, and after seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice last night, this Wondy fan can say for sure that she is 1000 times more excited about the solo Wonder Woman film!


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