While doing press for Wonder Woman, Chris Pine poked fun at DC's competition, particularly the upcoming film, Avengers: Infinity War. The film releases this week, and things are looking up for the next chapter in Warner Bros.' burgeoning DC Extended Universe. Gal Gadot made her big screen debut as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice last year, and she will be reprising her role in the director's Justice League later this year.
Before that, however, the studio is giving the Princess of Themyscira an origin story, taking place in World War I. Although it differentiates from the established source material, it does show how Diana became Wonder Woman. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins and stars the likes of Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, and David Thewlis, among others.
Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor, and the rest of the cast of Wonder Woman have been doing press for the film ahead of its release tomorrow, and in one particular interview, Pine compared this film's story to that of other comic book movies, while also poking fun at Avengers: Infinity War. With this film, Patty Jenkins managed to combine the blockbuster element with humanity, and when asked if that was one of the reasons that drew him to the project, Pine told Screen Slam (video above):
"One of the reasons for sure. She, in particular -- Patty [Jenkins] was a great reason why I wanted to be involved. I met her, I hadn't read -- there was no script. Then she told me what she wanted to do: the story, my character, and Gal's character. I, like you [the interviewer], agree that within this genre, it's difficult to do something new, and usually, you just see a bunch of people killing one another -- in outfits and blowing up cities. Like, I know there's a thing called Infinity War, which is like, I don't -- really, like, Infinity War? We need more war for all time?"
While Pine certainly has a point about the overall genre, an argument can be made that Earth's mightiest heroes fighting Thanos in Infinity War is no different than the world's finest heroes battling Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons in Justice League. Unfortunately, comic book movies are typically about spectacle and saving the world (or city) from falling. Of course, Pine also says he signed up for Wonder Woman to tell a different story, one that applies to the human condition. So, it's understandable that he would be apprehensive to superhero movies about wars, especially considering that his character tries to end one:
"So, I thought at the heart of this is a woman who's about love and compassion, and love trumps all. How great is that, you know? That's a pretty, crazy, awesome thing."
The review embargo for Wonder Woman lifted earlier this week, and the reception has been overwhelmingly positive. The film has been certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes and opening weekend projections have increased to around $95 million domestically, with analysts estimating the movie will rake in over $175 million worldwide. At this point, it's no longer about how well Wonder Woman would do critically, but how successful it will be commercially. We'll just have to wait and see.
Source: Screen Slam
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