Featured on the DC Comics Twitter feed today, Wonder Woman fans were treated to a sneak peak of the upcoming film featuring the breakout star from Batman v. Superman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. The new set photos reveal what appears to be the first meeting between Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), who becomes stranded on Wonder Woman’s home, the island of Themyscira.
Chris Pine plays American soldier Steve Trevor, who many speculate is likely to be Wonder Woman’s love interest in the film – which will likely take place during World War I, as suggested by a photograph featured prominently in the recently released Batman v. Superman. In the photos released today, fans see a glimpse of Wonder Woman rushing to Steve Trevor’s aid as he washes up on the beaches of her home Themyscira, also featured in the behind-the-scenes set photos is the first appearance of Robin Wright’s recently announced character: General Antiope.
Despite only showing up in Batman v. Superman for a short period of time, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman has been one of the only parts of the critically-panned Zack Snyder movie to receive much praise – including Ben Affleck’s turn as Batman, which is also receiving its fair share of adoration. Today, moviegoers can see a few low-resolution photos of what filmmakers are referring to as a “crucial moment” in the Wonder Woman saga, the first time Gal Gadot’s Diana Prince meets a human from the outside world.
According to Screenrant, Wonder Woman is mostly set during World War I, when Diana Prince enters the outside world in an effort to help humanity during its darkest hour. The film serves as a prequel in the same way that the Captain America movie served to introduce its titular character to the competitor to the DC Comics film universe, the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
According to sources close to the film, Wonder Woman serves as an introduction to Diana Prince before she becomes a hero, when she’s still learning about herself and about the outside world. While fans briefly see a more seasoned, veteran Wonder Woman in Batman v. Superman, fans will reportedly see a more “naïve” Wonder Woman in her first solo outing.
The film is still more than a year away, but after her breakout performance in Batman v. Superman, Gal Gadot’s turn as Wonder Woman has fired up fans of the DC Comics heroine. Wonder Woman reportedly starts out her solo film as something of an idealist, and over the course of the film she witnesses the horrors of mankind, and of war, firsthand, causing her to withdraw from humanity in the way that we see in Batman v. Superman.
The Wonder Woman film is slated to be the first solo outing for the character featured in Batman v. Superman, and the first in DC Comics’ master plan for their cinematic universe. As such, the Wonder Woman film will be a cornerstone of the film series, as it’s the second in the newly minted DC Extended Universe that hasn’t been directed by Zack Snyder. Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins of the Oscar-winning film Monster featuring Charlize Theron in a terrifying turn as convicted serial killer Eileen Wuornos.
Jenkins was attached to the Wonder Woman film after she had previously left the Marvel Cinematic Universe over creative differences with the studio. Jenkins was originally slated to direct Thor: The Dark World, but reportedly Marvel studio execs wanted too much control over what she wanted to bring to the MCU.
Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 23, 2017, after Suicide Squad later this year, and before Justice League Part One later in 2017.
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