Wonder Woman has long been a household name and a cultural icon much in the same vein as Batman or Superman. Ask a random guy or girl who Diana Prince is, though, and chances are you’re going to get a puzzled look in return. Such is not the case with Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent. What’s baffling is that the character has existed for 75 years and even hit its stride as a TV show back in the 70’s (starring the beloved Lynda Carter).
Thanks to Warner Bros., it looks like Diana Prince is about to get the spotlight she deserves as CW’s The Dawn of the Justice League 30-minute TV special on Tuesday night just released the first footage of Patty Jenkins’s upcoming Wonder Woman film. The titular character is played by Gal Gadot of the Fast & Furious franchise. Gadot also plays the character in the upcoming Batman V Superman, starring alongside Ben Affleck (Batman) and Henry Cavill (Superman).
In the featurette, DC’s Chief Officer Geoff Johns explained to filmmaker Kevin Smith that the Wonder Woman movie will be essentially an origin story, as reported in Variety.
“Wonder Woman is one of the greatest superheroes out there,” he tells Kevin. “But people don’t know her origin like they know Superman’s origin and Batman’s origin; and so what we want to do in the film is really tell people who she is, where she comes from, and why she does what she does. We’ve never seen her on film before.”
“She comes from Greek a mythology. She was born on this island of Amazons called Themyscira. These Amazons were once created to protect man’s world, but they’ve since abandoned it. And Diana’s asking constantly, ‘why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man’, and they say, ‘because they’re not worth it’. And this takes her on a journey into our world.”
Geoff Johns then expounded on what makes the idea of Wonder Woman larger than life. For starters, Wonder Woman is powerful enough to go toe-to-toe with either Batman and Superman.
“She’s an Amazon warrior. She’s the best fighter in the DC universe. She has strength and speed, and she’s been training her whole life for war.”
The film’s director, Patty Jenkins, shared her own take on what makes Wonder Woman such an endearing character.
“The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good, and kind, and loving she is; yet none of that negates any of her power.”
“We’re going to see her coming of age, her entire history, what’s her mission,” Gal says in the video clip.
Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor in the film, shares his thoughts on why a Wonder Woman movie is “pivotal” and “important.”
“Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important. It’s the story of a very powerful woman.”
What gives the upcoming Wonder Woman film great potential in terms of how it can impact the current cultural landscape is the fact that the character is considered by many as a feminist icon. As a superhero who represents feminist ideals, Wonder Woman represents equality just as much as she does justice.
“She stands for equality, and I think that’s really important,” Johns said. “I think that’s why people love the character.”
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And in terms of showing strength, the first footage of Wonder Woman did show Gal Gadot in all her fighting glory. In one scene, Wonder Woman can be seen beating the living daylights out of some enemies.
It’s worth noting that this Wonder Woman origin story will also be a period piece set during WW1, which provides a fertile ground to build and establish the character’s mythos on, especially in how the realities of that era can influence Wonder Woman’s motivations as an Amazon princess who grew up in seclusion in the island nation of Themyscira.
Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2017.
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