Fans have been waiting a long time to see Wonder Woman up on the big screen, to the extent that premiere moviegoers cheered the very moment she appeared in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Despite the mixed reviews for that second installment of the DC Extended Universe, anticipation remains high for the Amazonian superhero's solo movie, which debuts next summer.
What fans should be aware of is that Wonder Woman will be an origin story, so we won't quite see what actress Gal Gadot described as the "experienced, super-confident, grown-up woman" that appeared with Batman and Superman. The film will go back to Diana's home island of Themyscira, where she is raised by her mother Queen Hippolyta (Connie Neilsen), and trained to be a warrior by General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Lieutenant Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli).
Recent on-location footage from Italy, which you can see below (via Comic Book), shows the extensive set and huge cast assembled for the scenes in Themyscira. Like the mythology which inspired the creation of the Amazon characters, the style of Ancient Greece is prevalent in the setting and wardrobe. A young girl in a simple dress and metallic armbands is seen running in front of a camera crew, possibly shooting flashbacks of Diana as a child.
The Wonder Woman script, penned by Jason Fuchs (Pan), will show us the journey of Diana as a young, naive idealist whose introduction to the outside world is during World War I. Previous set photos showed additional scenes in Themyscira, when pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washes up on shore. While not much is yet known about the full plot of the film, we know that Diana goes on to fight alongside Trevor in the war.
With all of the recent movie and TV reboots of well-known comic book characters, origin stories have become a bit exhausting to sit through, regardless of any tweaks to the original storyline. Fans of Gadot's appearance in Batman V Superman may also be disappointed in not getting to see the full-fledged heroine in action, with the film instead rewinding back to a more innocent age.
The hope is that Wonder Woman will bring the best of both worlds. Considering her scarcity on the big screen, presenting her origin story is still a fresh idea, and it will be interesting to see how her life on Themyscira with her fellow Amazons is portrayed. Outside of B-movie marathons, it's not often we get treated to an all-female cast of warriors. It also sounds like we'll get plenty of chances to see Wonder Woman developing and using her fighting skills, bullet-deflection, and the full powers we didn't yet see in her DCEU debut. The images and video from the set so far indicate a film pretty epic in scope, and here's hoping director Patty Jenkins can combine the elements into something all fans of the Amazon hero can enjoy.
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; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.
Source: Comic Book