Wonder Woman is no young pup when the character will be revealed in the upcoming Dawn of Justice: Batman v Superman movie in March. When she is introduced into the comic universe in the upcoming film, Wonder Woman will be roughly 5,000-years-old, according the director Zach Snyder, Movie Pilot is reporting.
That sets up an interesting dynamic for the 2017 film about the character, as Wonder Woman will be a movie that brings together the origins of her character with the activities of the present, according to a new teaser that was released.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the teaser aired on the CW during a TV special entitled Dawn of the Justice League. The teaser includes some new footage of Wonder Woman along with commentary from the movie’s director, Patty Jenkins, DC Comics Chief Executive Officer, Geoff Johns, co-star Chris Pine, and Wonder Woman herself, actress Gal Gadot.
Wonder Woman’s real name is Diana Prince, an Amazonian princess and the daughter of the god Zeus, making her a demigoddess. For those unfamiliar with her origin story, Gal Gadot explained the film connects all of the dots.
“We are going to see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission.”
Superhero movies are all the rage right now. With an abundance of male leads, it is refreshing to see a story told about a woman, especially a story about a strong, fierce woman. Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, a potential love interest to Wonder Woman, echoes this sentiment in the teaser.
“Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important. The story of a very important woman.”
Those who may still be skeptical of a powerful woman superhero should know that Wonder Woman was built for war. She has superior combat and battle skills and the new version of Wonder Woman reflects this. In the teaser clip, Wonder Woman is dressed for battle and is shown using a variety of martial arts to fight. She has little armor except for her shield, which she deftly maneuvers.
DC Comics CEO Geoff Johns wanted this update of Wonder Woman to accurately reflect the warrior that she is.
“She has strength and speed and she has been training her whole life for war,” Johns said.
While Wonder Woman is a warrior, she also has compassion. Instead of forgetting lesser mortals like humans, she wants to fulfill her potential by coming to Earth to help them.
“She stands for equality and that’s really important,” Johns explained.
Bringing to life the multi-faceted character of Wonder Woman was the job of director Patty Jenkins. Who is this little-known director asked to helm a major blockbuster? As 2 Paragraphs reports, Patty Jenkins is best known for the movie Monster (2003), in which Charlize Theron depicted serial killer Aileen Wuornos and won an Oscar for Best Actress for her work.
Since then, Patty Jenkins has mostly directed episodes of TV shows, including Arrested Development and Entourage. Wonder Woman is the first film she will have directed since a made for TV movie in 2011. The appeal of Wonder Woman for Patty Jenkins was in the many layers that exist within the 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.”
Wonder Woman will be released on June 23, 2017, but it will not be the first time that viewers will see Gal Gadot’s portrayal. Instead, Wonder Woman will make her first re-booted appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will be released this March 25, 2016. Batman v Superman will star Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman. So far, there have been very few details about the plot, so it is unsure what role Wonder Woman will have in the film.
As Wonder Woman begins to make her debut in the new landscape of superhero films, she is sure to bring both her strength and empathy to help make the world better.
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