With the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the long-gestating DC Extended Universe truly kicked off. From now until 2020, Warner Bros. intends to release at least two adaptations annually, giving each member of the Justice League their time to shine on the big screen. Next year, before the first live-action team-up, Batman V Superman's breakout star, Gal Gadot, gets a chance to headline her own film - the solo Wonder Woman movie.
After a period of principal photography that spanned several months (production started well before Batman V Superman premiered), things have now wound down. Yesterday, Gadot celebrated her final day of shooting on social media, and today her director, Patty Jenkins, follows suit. Wonder Woman has now wrapped.
Jenkins took to Twitter to share the news, thanking her crew, Gadot, and Chris Pine for their hard work on the film in a string of posts. Coincidentally, filming finished on William Marston's (the creator of Wonder Woman) birthday:
So happy and excited to have wrapped the first Wonder Woman film!! And one William Marston’s birthday, no less! (WW’s creator)
— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) May 10, 2016
WB recently shifted Wonder Woman's release date up a couple of weeks to June 2, 2017 (from June 23 of that year), so Jenkins still has more than a year to complete the substantial post-production process. That should be ample enough time to finalize all the visual effects and CGI, great news considering that Wonder Woman will feature the full extent of Diana Prince's powers. Many were impressed with the character's glorified cameo in Dawn of Justice (where she essentially stole the Doomsday battle), so thrusting Gadot into the spotlight and having her be the primary focus should yield visually stunning results. After all, Wonder Woman is said to be the best fighter in the DCEU, so hopefully the set pieces live up to that billing.
Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most important superhero films - not just for the DCEU, but for the comic book genre in general. Since they became the dominant form of pop culture entertainment, Jenkins' entry is the first to be headlined by a female superhero. The lack of diversity in tentpole casting has been a hot topic of discussion lately, evidenced by the strong demand for a Black Widow standalone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Fans seem to be ready to see the studios do something different, but the onus is on the filmmakers to deliver. Projects like the new Star Wars films (with Rey and Jyn Erso) and Wonder Woman are steps in the right direction, but the feeling is there's still a long way to go. Wonder Woman being a massive success could be a game changer.
Fortunately, the pieces are in place for a compelling narrative. Primarily a prequel set in World War I, Wonder Woman showcases the evolution of Diana from a "naive and pure" person to the weary warrior who joined forces with Batman and Superman. It's true that Jenkins is untested in the realm of big budget entertainment, but she demonstrated strong filmmaking chops in the Oscar winning Monster and has been looking to direct a comic book film for some time. She was Marvel's original choice for Thor: The Dark World before pesky creative differences got in the way. The DCEU gave Jenkins her shot and it looks like she made the most of it.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019;Cyborgon April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
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