While only appearing in the DCEU film Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice for about seven minutes, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman made a powerful impression on viewers – even the many who gave the film a negative review overall. Poised, wise, and totally badass in a fight, the 5,000 year-old Amazon warrior gave herself the perfect introduction to her follow-up solo movie in 2017.
The hook of the upcoming Wonder Woman, however, is we’ll be traveling back in time to get the “coming of age” story of Diana. This includes time on her home island Themyscira, where her mother Hippolyta (Connie Neilsen), General Antiope (Robin Wright), and Lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli) educate and train her to become the hero she was meant to be.
The events of the Wonder Woman solo film will take place largely during the era of WWI – and courtesy of the UK’s Daily Mail, we can now see new images from the set in Italy. Dressed in a gold, Ancient Greece-inspired costume that she was previously shown wearing in the first official image released showing Diana and her fellow Amazons together, we see here Diana encountering the USAF pilot pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washed up on the beach. Additional photos show a group of Amazons on horseback confronting a platoon of soldiers with their guns raised.
We’ve seen the photo of Diana in what looks like a leadership role with Trevor and a squad of soldiers. The Amazonian warrior begins her own film as a “naive, pure, idealist,” but the course of events will likely culminate in the event that made her draw back from “the horrors of man.” It’s not surprising that a compassionate woman who is ultimately for peace, who only fights when necessary, is going to be shaken by the terrifying scope of a world war.
This latest batch of Wonder Woman set photos also illustrate the amount of “movie magic” that goes into creating an epic superhero film. We see actors in awkward positions, getting doused with water for continuity in shots, in costumes that can look a little cheesy in the glaring sunlight. Director Patty Jenkins has her work cut out for her, putting all the pieces together to create dramatic and believable scenes up on the big screen.
Fans have also been waiting a long time to see the most iconic female superhero in her own film. The polarizing responses to Batman V Superman will only increase the pressure to get this one right, but it’s a good start that viewers were already impressed with Gadot’s Diana. Her cameo introduction in another movie also helped get most criticisms of the costume and Gadot’s physique out of the way, which will help keep fans focused on what will hopefully be a powerful kick-off to a Wonder Woman franchise.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 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 Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: Daily Mail