Monster director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is the next solo superhero movie that Warner Bros./DC plans to release in theaters, following a pair of comic book adaptations in 2016 (Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad) that feature multiple costumed heroes and/or anti-heroes alike. Wonder Woman doesn’t arrive until Summer 2016, but a Fall 2015 production start date has been reported for some time now.
Deborah Snyder, who is producing all upcoming live-action films set in the DC Extended Universe (as her husband, filmmaker Zack Snyder, has called it), has now confirmed that principal photography on Wonder Woman will be getting started within a couple months. As such, additional casting news and/or details on the movie’s plot should be revealed sometime before then.
It’s now official that Wonder Woman starts principal photography in November – as confirmed by Deborah Snyder, when she recently spoke about the project at the Geena Davis Institute (watch the video HERE):
“We still wanted a female director and we found Patty Jenkins, who had the right vision and the same vision that we had for the character. We’re really happy that we’re going to be going into production in November, it’s been a really great process. We’ve tried to hire as many female members of the crew as possible.”
Jason Fuchs (Pan) is working on the script for Wonder Woman, but the film’s screenplay development process (and the project in general) has always been under the direction of a woman, as mentioned by Deborah Snyder – first Michelle MacLaren, then Jenkins when MacLaren and WB/DC split. There are other elements that have already distinguished Wonder Woman from its DC male superhero-led feature film peers, including the movie’s genre components (this will be the first mythological DC Comics film) and it being partially shot in Italy – a real-world locale that might serve to bring Diana’s home island, Themyscira, to life on the big screen.
So far, Gal Gadot is lined up to reprise as Diana Prince in Wonder Woman – after making her screen debut as the character with Batman V Superman – and Chris Pine is reportedly onboard to play the Steve Trevor character. Trevor debuted in Wonder Woman comics in the early 1940s, as a WWII-era Air Corps pilot who crashed his plane and was subsequently nursed back to health by Diana, giving rise to a romance between the pair.
Recent rumors have claimed Jenkins’ movie partly takes place in WWI, though it’s possible Trevor will, in fact, meet Diana during WWII in the film – as concept art that WB/DC showed at its 2015 San Diego Comic-Con panel suggests the second World War will be a part of the narrative. The DCEU has already taken cues from the New 52 DC Comics continuity, so one alternative would be that Pine’s Steve Trevor exists in Wonder Woman‘s present-day setting (New 52 style) and serves as a liaison between the U.S. government and figures like Amanda Waller (the character Viola Davis is playing in Suicide Squad)) and Diana. Hence, A.R.G.U.S. may be introduced in either Wonder Woman or later Justice League movies.
This scenario would be in keeping with the inter-connected storytelling approach that the WD/DC films appear to be taking – see also Batman (Ben Affleck) appearing in Suicide Squad – but no doubt filming on Wonder Woman will provide more information (if only through news leaks) on that subject. We’ll let you know when/if that happens.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Deborah Snyder