One of the more anticipated movies in 2017 is Warner Bros big-screen adaptation of Wonder Woman. It has been a long road to her first feature film. However, the foundation for the new incarnation of the hero was first introduced in March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Gal Gadot has been tasked with bringing the Amazonian royalty, Diana Prince, to life and has not let fans down up until this point. Patty Jenkins (Monster) is at the helm of DC Films’ most popular female character and she has a very distinct vision for the DC Comics’ hero. Instead of setting the film in the present day and immediately continuing her adventures after the events of BvS, Jenkins went back to the 1920’s, during the first World War.
In a recent interview with Empire, Jenkins went into detail about what sets Wonder Woman apart from other heroes in the marketplace:
“What motivates her is philosophical. She isn’t just taking out bad guys or fighting crime. She believes in goodness and love. [She] is fierce and willing to fight, but only to protect a better vision for mankind. Hers is really a coming-of-age story.”
It seems that Diana will have a large and dramatic character arc during the course of Wonder Woman that will help make the superhero relatable to the average moviegoer. Jenkins went on to explain exactly how she plans to show this in the film:
“My approach was to focus on telling the story of mechanized war and how that would look to a god visiting our world for the first time. I wanted the audience to understand the horrors that a war on this scale makes possible and how shocking that would be to someone who comes with a strong sense of honor and justice. She doesn’t realize yet just how senselessly dark the world can be.”
In the trailer, the Germans storm the beaches of Themyscira, which is presumably Diana’s first encounter with modernized warfare. There is a perfect shot that encapsulates Diana’s naivety of mechanization and modern warfare, when she watches a bullet fly right by her and presumably kill a fellow Amazonian. It looks like this is an early and hard lesson that she will have to overcome throughout the film’s run time.
Wonder Woman will be the true origin story for the character and much like T’Challa was introduced in Captain America: Civil War before he lands his own solo film in 2018 for Marvel Studios, the stage is already set for Wonder Woman’s cinematic success. In a recent list published from Fandango, Wonder Woman was ranked as one of the top 5 most anticipated movies of next year, even ahead of the mega-teamup film, Justice League.
It seems that Jenkins is shooting for the right tone and approach that will set the movie apart from its superhero predecessors, while also giving the movie its own scope and scale. Up until this point, DC Films have consistently provided stellar trailers and publicity leading up to their movies, while underwhelming once their movies hit theaters. Hopefully Wonder Woman will be the feature that unanimously pleases both critics and fans.
Wonder Woman opens on June 2nd, 2017.
Source: Coming Soon