With filming for the long-awaited solo outing for DC hero Wonder Woman currently underway in Italy, news and images from the set are beginning to paint a clearer picture of what Diana’s (Gal Gadot) big screen story will be. We got a glimpse of the powerful woman she will become in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but her own movie will take us back to her Amazonian origins.
While a portion of the movie will have her using her warrior skills in battle during World War I, Wonder Woman will also show Diana’s upbringing on the all-female island of Themyscira. While it will include her training in combat skills, it now appears we might be seeing some of those other powers that director Patty Jenkins promised would be revealed in the solo film.
Casual fans of Wonder Woman may know her best for her bullet-deflecting bracelets and the Lasso of Truth, but some comic versions of Diana have also had an ability to calm animals, even the largest and most dangerous predators. The original director of Wonder Woman, Michelle MacLaren, reportedly had planned to include a tiger sidekick. Now an Instagram post from Connie Nielsen, who plays Diana’s mother Hippolyta, reveals that Jenkins has also decided to include a tiger in the film.
It’s not yet known if the tiger’s role will reach “sidekick” level, or if he’ll be merely added to enhance the exotic atmosphere of Diana’s home. Themyscira, also known as Paradise Island, could include all manner of creatures, including mythological ones. It doesn’t seem to be mere coincidence that Wonder Woman’s VFX supervisor, Bill Westenhofer, has already shown his skills at stunning animal effects in films like Life of Pi and The Chronicles of Narnia.
The tiger may not be exclusively tied to Diana’s character, either. While not necessarily canon, Nielsen posting the photo may mean the animal responds more to Hippolyta’s will. It will be interesting to see how the film deals with the powers of the Amazons, if Diana has special skills or shares them with all her sisters on the Island. This includes General Antiope (Robin Wright), Lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli), and judging by another Instagram of Nielsen’s, possibly American boxer Ann Wolfe in an as-yet-unnamed role.
The news and sneak peeks at Wonder Woman show positive signs of creating a truly complex heroine, rather than just a woman who’s really good at fighting. Actress Gadot has described the film as a “coming-of-age” story, beginning with Diana as a young, pure idealist. If done well, it could be fascinating to see her compassionate nature illustrated through her peaceful relationship with animals, including a formidable tiger.
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 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.
Source: Comic Book