Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have a lot of catching up to do if they want to be as successful as Disney and Marvel Studios. Starting in 2016 with Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, audiences will get a look at the larger DC Extended Universe. The fourth DC superhero movie slated for release in 2017 – after Man of Steel, Batman V Superman, and Suicide Squad – will be the long awaited Wonder Woman starring Fast Five’s Gal Gadot as the titular superheroine.
Wonder Woman will be the first superheroine movie from Warner Bros., and the project has already some through some key changes during its pre-production alone. Early on, Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren walked away from the project (reportedly over creative differences with producers). Patty Jenkins (Monster) later stepped in to take the directing job, after she left Thor: The Dark World a few years earlier. It now looks like Jenkins has already made a few noteworthy stylistic choices regarding Wonder Woman‘s overall look.
As reported on Premiere (hat tip Heroic Hollywood), actor Chris Pine has confirmed that the new superheroine movie will be shot on film. According to Pine, who will play Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) love interest Steve Trevor:
“I’m super excited, of course, Gal Gadot is super talented, Patty Jenkins will perform, and we will shoot in film… What excites me most is to work in a movie with a superhero woman. With a woman in the lead role. I am teamed with this intelligent, beautiful and strong woman to defeat the villains and save humanity.”
With Hollywood movies turning to digital filmmaking, it’s almost refreshing to see a big production like Wonder Woman looking to shoot with actual film stock. While it’s unclear whether it will be shot on 35mm, it was rumored that Jenkins wanted cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema, who also worked on Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, to work on the new movie, but he denied any involvement with the project. Shooting is expected to begin in November, so we should find out for certain who is serving as the director of photography soon enough.
It’s unclear exactly what Wonder Woman’s overall narrative is (for the time being), but it is believed that it will take place in multiple time periods and flashbacks – including, the WWI-era and the present-day. With that in mind, it also appears that Jenkins might shoot Wonder Woman on different film stocks to keep a clear line between time periods and to give the past a vintage look – similar to what director Danny Boyle did in the new Steve Jobs movie – to separate eras and decades.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and then Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.