Wonder Woman will be the first female-led superhero movie in the new DC Extended Universe. It's been a long time coming in terms of development, since producer Joel Silver (The Matrix) previously commissioned a script back in 2001. Over the years, other talented filmmakers, producers, and writers have tried to bring the Amazonian warrior princess to the big screen -- such as Joss Whedon and screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis (Shutter Island) -- but all came up short, until Warner Bros. and DC fully committed to building a shared universe after the success of Marvel's The Avengers in 2012.
Although she'll be front-and-center in her own movie in July 2017, Wonder Woman will actually be introduced in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a year earlier. And we're now getting closer to the character's solo adventures in the DC Extended Universe, as filming on Wonder Woman is closer to getting underway.
DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns has crossed the Atlantic to Rickmansworth, England, to be on location for the first day of filming. He expressed his joy to director Patty Jenkins for the start of production on Twitter. DC Entertainment's set photographer Clay Enos also joined Johns in England, as he teased the production start on his Twitter account.
@PattyJenks It's THE DAY!
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) November 10, 2015
Apparently I am in Ricksmansworth England and it is very very nice. pic.twitter.com/eTZKZxs3Ag
— Geoff Johns (@geoffjohns) November 11, 2015
The star of the film, Gal Gadot, posted a pic of her workout on Instagram to usher in the beginning of shooting as well. She looks mighty fierce and hopefully that will translate to her performance on the big screen. While there are some who feel Gadot is too small to play Wonder Woman, she might actually surprise us when Batman V Superman is released next year. No one really expected much from her in Fast Five, but she really stole the show, and proved she could kick butt with the best of them.
UPDATE: While filming on Wonder Woman will begin soon, it has not started just yet (via Collider):
Wonder Woman has not started filming.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) November 12, 2015
Since production will begin soon, it's only a matter of time before we start to hear more about the film's casting. While we know Chris Pine will appear as love interest Steve Trevor, Nicole Kidman is rumored to also co-star in the film as Wonder Woman's mother Hyppolyta, the Amazonian Queen. In addition, the film is also expected to be told in flashbacks with parts set in present day and during World War I.
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: Various [via CBM]