William Moulton Marston’s signature comic book creation may have made her debut in late 1941 battling Nazis, but it has been an even fiercer struggle to get Wonder Woman to the big screen ever since. For perspective, Marvel Comics’ Captain America debuted in 1941 as well, and he’ll soon be on his third film within six years. When it was announced that Wonder Woman would mark her 75th anniversary by making her live action big screen debut as a supporting character in March 2016’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”, there were many who were wary of what this meant for her in the long run within DC Entertainment and Warner Brothers. This past Saturday (November 21), Warner Brothers officially put those fears aside by announcing (via Comic Book Resources and other websites) that principle photography has officially begun on the “Wonder Woman” film, set for a June 2017 release.
Directed by Patty Jenkins (still best known for the Oscar winning “Monster”), the film will see Gal Gadot (the “Fast and the Furious” franchise) reprise her role as Wonder Woman from “Batman v. Superman” as the titular lead. Chris Pine, who has long been rumored to be playing her paramour Steve Trevor, has also been confirmed in that role. Other actors starring in the film (with unknown roles) are Saïd Taghmaoui, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis. Wright, best known for “The Princess Bride”, “Forrest Gump”, and “House of Cards” may possibly be playing Diana’s mother, Amazonian queen Hippolyta. Little is known about the plot other than it appears that at least some of it will be set in the 1940’s, as set photos show Pine and Taghmaoui in period attire.
As the headline states, it has taken almost twenty years to get a “Wonder Woman” film made. Warner Brothers has been making motions towards producing a film based on DC Comics’ most well known heroine since 1996, when Ivan Reitman was in talks to be at the helm. By 1999, Joel Silver and Jon Cohen were working on making the film while trying to convince Sandra Bullock to star in it. The most well known attempt was in 2005, when Joss Whedon was paid between $2-3 million to write and direct a “Wonder Woman” movie. Citing differences regarding the script with Warner Brothers, Whedon left the project in 2007, and efforts to move on with new producers and directors went nowhere until 2013, when plans for having Wonder Woman cameo in “Batman v. Superman” began. To this day, Wonder Woman may be best known to the general public from her live action TV show from 1975-1979 which starred Lynda Carter.
“Wonder Woman” is filming in France, Italy, and the United Kingdom and boasts Matthew Jensen as director of photography, Aline Bonetto as production desinger, Martin Walsh as editor, and Lindy Hemming as costume designer. Set for release on June 23 2017, regardless of how well or poorly “Batman v. Superman” does in the box office, one of the first iconic super heroines in pop culture will get her due in time for her 76th birthday.