A behind-the-scenes featurette for the upcoming Wonder Woman film has been released covering all aspects of the production. Being the first female-led superhero film since 2005’s ill-fated Elektra, there is a lot buzz going around the Patty Jenkins-directed movie. Star Gal Gadot is the first actress to bring the character to life on the big screen after Lynda Carter’s tenure playing the titular role of the Amazonian princess in her TV show from 1975 to 1979, making this a landmark for the character.
Tackling the origins story of Diana Prince, Wonder Woman will show fans how she eventually became the superhero made iconic by seventy-five years of comics. Early buzz has been incredibly positive, leading to a lot of anticipation that Jenkins and Gadot and got it right. Now, ahead of the June 2nd release, we can get a look at the film’s epic production.
The new featurette runs an impressive thirteen minutes and charts Diana’s story from her origins as a sheltered kid in the isolated island of Themyscira all the way to the World War I front, by way of the gloomy streets of war-ridden London. The mini-documentary details sets, location shoots and character descriptions with those involved in the production revealing their thoughts and recalling their experiences during filming. Check it out above.
A highlight is a portion on the epic battle in Themyscira, which shows both Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen (who play General Antiope and Queen Hippolyta respectively) doing their own fight sequences. Wright, who has been vocal about wanting to be in tiptop shape as one of the major reasons for her in accepting the gig, shares that it is a great feeling to “be strong and still be a woman.”
While the female characters are all credited for their incredible work, Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, is also showcased. As Jenkins explained, the production was lucky enough to get someone like the 36-year-old actor to bring the character to life in a way that complements Gadot’s Diana. Before Trevor’s accidental arrival in Themyscira, Diana always had the urge to do good and help other people, but didn’t have the opportunity to do so; his entrance to her life is what catapults Diana to leave for London and help mankind end the war, giving her some sense of purpose.
Perhaps most interestingly, the feature focuses heavily on the stylistic difference between the lush and vibrant Themyscira and the dull war zones, with everything from color grading to minor prop details perfected so that nothing feels mismatched. With this kind of care and passion people who worked for the film have given the project, all positive reviews coming Wonder Woman‘s way even before its wide release appear to be very well-deserved.
Source: Warner Bros.