The upcoming year is going to be an incredibly important one for Warner Bros. and their DC Extended Universe. With both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad finally hitting theaters, their success or failure may determine how WB decides to move forward with other DC films in the docket. Of course, they're already banking on the notion that both are destined to be successful, as they announced their preliminary release slate awhile back and plan on sticking to it for the most part going forward.
Beyond that, Warner Bros. have already shown their confidence in Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman with her solo movie already in production, despite Gadot having not made her debut as the superheroine in Batman v Superman yet. Wonder Woman's first theatrical solo film has been rumored to take place in multiple time periods, and while videos from the set have already revealed a WWI setting, its co-star Chris Pine recently confirmed said rumors.
While promoting his upcoming film The Finest Hours, Pine discussed the Wonder Woman movie with the Toronto Sun, revealing some new details revolving around his character, director Patty Jenkins, and the film's wartime setting. And based off of Pine's description of his character Steve Trevor, he's going to be an interesting fit with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, if nothing else:
"Steve Trevor is a rogue-ish, cynical realist who’s seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization. He’s a worldly guy, a charming guy and it’s going to be a great, fun film. There are some incredibly deep, interesting and morally relevant themes."
Based off of these comments, Pine seems to allude to the fact that Wonder Woman may include some heavy subject matter along with its action. Whereas Batman v Superman deals with the themes of unlimited power and control, it seems Wonder Woman will face the topics of war and brutality. Sticking to the same topic, Pine later went on to describe the World War I setting that the film takes place in:
"It’s a period we don’t see often; it’s usually World War II. Our costume design is incredible. We have scenes with, like, 500 extras all in period dress. I’d never been on a film with extras casting as beautifully done as it is here."
With Star Wars: The Force Awakens recently ushering in a return to more practical effects, it's hardly surprising that WB would want to do something similar with one of its major films. While their will almost certainly be some CGI effects, as there are with most modern blockbusters, having real extras adds a feasibility factor that frankly makes the impact of war that much more powerful.
Last but not least, Pine sang the praises of director Patty Jenkins, who was put in charge of the film after Michelle McLaren dropped out months before filming:
"Patty is just directing the daylights out of it. It’s shot beautifully feels so wonderfully period, but also has this wonderful pop sensibility."
Before nabbing the Wonder Woman gig, Jenkins was set to direct Thor 2 for Marvel, but left because of creative differences. Now it seems like she's taking full advantage of her current project, although we won't know for certain until it hits theaters in June of 2017. Thankfully, fans won't have to wait to long to get a glimpse of the film, as the first footage from Wonder Woman is set to debut during The CW's special Dawn of The Justice League next Tuesday.
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.
Source: Toronto Sun