As the accolades continue to pour in for Wonder Woman, the latest revelation about the film is that one of its funniest scenes was all improvised. Despite the massive popularity of Wonder Woman the character, her film adaptation was never a sure thing. Though she’s been a stalwart in comics and animation, her ’70s TV show remained the one live-action take on the character until last year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Though several TV shows and movies tried and failed to bring Princess Diana to life, it wasn’t until Gal Gadot fought alongside the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight that it finally happened.
From there, Patty Jenkins had the responsibility of helming the character’s first solo outing, and the success of the film has blown everyone away. While the factors involved meant the film was likely to do well, initial estimates pegged it with a modest opening. Following strong reviews, however, the film debuted to an impressive opening and looks to be dominating again this weekend. It already beat out theoretical competition The Mummy last night, and it doesn’t look to be slowing down much. Part of the appeal of the film was Jenkins’ deft direction and the chemistry between Gadot and Chris Pine. As it turns out, however, not all of their interactions were fully scripted.
The latest issue of EW has a big spread on Wonder Woman, including some information about the boat scene during which Diana and Steve leave Themyscira for the mortal world. During the ride, they have a number of amusing exchanges about sleeping arrangements, marriage, and Diana’s immaculate creation. As it turns out, Jenkins had Gadot and Pine improvise the whole thing, made all the more impressive by how amusing the whole scene is. Pine had this to say on Gadot’s performance:
“She has to be the straight woman; that’s the harder part. She’s delivering lines like ‘I was brought to life by Zeus,’ that is just ridiculous. And she has to say it with a straight face, with a certain amount of innocence and earnestness. I get to react like any human being would to something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy.”
Gadot and Pine aren’t known for their background in improv, but it seems that their comfort with their characters and each other helped to keep the scene lively. Likely, Jenkins and the script also provided some cues for the actors to work off of. Still, it proves why each was cast, even if Jenkins wasn’t sold on Gadot at first.
Thanks to moments like that, Wonder Woman is helping to lighten up the DCEU and provide some much needed hope. In the comics, that job belongs to Superman, but the version of his character in the film universe hasn’t been defined by that trait. Instead, Wonder Woman has stepped up and her film is benefiting from it. The movie has already passed $300 million worldwide, and it’s likely to climb a good deal more in the coming weeks as Wonder Woman doesn’t look to have much competition.