Warning: Spoilers For Wonder Woman
Gorgeous artwork from one of the most visually striking scenes in Wonder Woman has been released, thanks to an artist that worked on the film. Wonder Woman's celebrated reception wasn't temporary, as the movie topped the box office for two weeks in a row, marking a second-week box office drop of 45%, a drop rate so low it's basically unheard of with modern blockbusters, with no comic-book movie seeing a rate so low since the original Spider-Man.
While there's been much talk of Wonder Woman's tone and message, one of the most impressive elements were the visuals, maintaining a style not too dissimilar from Zack Snyder's iconic palate, especially when it comes to its use of Renaissance style art, something that plays a major thematic influence in both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. This was the most evident in the 'History Lesson' scene where Hippolyta reads Diana a story of the death of the gods of Olympus at the hand of Ares, the God of War, and Zeus's last ditch effort to create the safe haven of Themyscira.
During this lesson, the art depicting the events in the book moves to tell a story in motion. While fans won't be able to fully relive that moment until the home release of Wonder Woman, Houston Sharp, an artist that worked on the film, has released several images from the iconic scene, also promising interviews about each piece on his Facebook page in the near future (high-quality versions of the images released so far can be found in the gallery below).
I had the pleasure and honor of working with Patty Jenkins and her team to create the animated painting at the beginning of Wonder Woman. It was a huge undertaking, but I had a small team of super-talented artists to help finish it on time, and Patty & Co. were very supportive along the way.
Each panel was painted separately, and stitched together into one massive painting. We tried achieving a classical oil painting look, while working in a way that was easy for the animators to work with (which meant keeping everything on their own layers, painting behind figures, etc.). It took a lot of planning and coordination between multiple artists, but it was well worth the challenge.
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In addition to a few images that didn't make it into the movie, the art depicts the Greek gods on Mount Olympus. While they can't all be clearly identified, Zeus and Ares are evident, as well as a trident-wielding figure that most likely represents the god Poseidon, who may get another shout-out in next year's Aquaman, if he isn't also mentioned in Justice League - a real possibility considering the flashback teased in the trailer, especially with Wonder Woman's reference to an "age of heroes," which may itself be another inspiration of the Greek gods.
The battle between Zeus and Ares is also an iconic shot, and many DC fans may even excitedly been picturing a very similar image of Shazam fighting Black Adam, whose lightning powers have traditionally be accredited to Zeus, with a depiction in the comics that may not look all that different from the battle seen in the History Lesson. When the solo Shazam and Black Adam movies eventually come out, don't be surprised to see an homage of sorts to Wonder Woman's History Lesson.
Do you have a favorite image in this collection or see anything we didn't point out? Let us hear about it in the comments!
Source: Houston Sharp
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019