Diana Prince’s (Gal Gadot) aunt, Antiope (Robin Wright) is spotlighted in the latest image released from Wonder Woman. This photo arrives but a couple of weeks ahead of the DC Extended Universe movie's theatrical release across the globe.
Wright is no stranger to bringing to life strong and capable female characters. For 4 and going on 5 seasons, she has played the role of Claire Underwood - wife and force behind Kevin Spacey’s TV President, Frank Underwood, in the hit political thriller House of Cards. Outside of her body of work on the big and small screen, the 51-year-old is a very involved feminist - even fighting for equal pay in the acclaimed series. Most recently, she also did not mince her words when asked about her thoughts on President Donald Trump and sexism in Hollywood during an exclusive interview with Variety.
The Antiope character has now been dubbed “the greatest warrior of all time” by Wonder Woman producer Charles Roven. In the following photo of Wright as the character (debuted exclusively by Empire), she strikes a fiery stance as she holds out her sword. Roven’s remark means a whole lot, given that the Amazonian people are mostly known for being capable warriors, given their need to protect themselves and Themyscira.
In the same publication, Wright candidly spoke about the real reason she decided to take on the project explaining that it was to “get in the best shape of my life at 50 years of age,” which director Patty Jenkins delivered on. The filmmaker admits that she created an Amazonian boot camp to gather all her female cast members and prepare them both physically and mentally for their respective roles in Wonder Woman:
“We had 80 incredible women, all living in one Italian summer camp, from supermodels to the best female boxer in the world. It was rangy women just stalking around with their badass moves in droves, all becoming best friends and all super-intrigued by one another."
While it is no secret that the DCEU thus far has proven rather divisive amongst both critics and fans alike, Wonder Woman brings with it a different kind of excitement. Wonder Woman will be the first modern female superhero-led movie to hit theaters and will explore Diana’s journey from being a princess to trying to save mankind. As an origin story, the movie is set in 1918 and will hopefully give some answers to why the Amazonian immortal decided to abandon the cause she firmly believed in and live a quiet normal life instead, as seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.