Despite all the hype surrounding the epic superhero showdown in Batman v Superman, some of the film's biggest praise actually ended up being for Wonder Woman. Even as early as the first trailer, viewers were excited about the chance to see the Amazon princess on the big screen at last. Then, after witnessing her in action in the film, fans were left clamoring for even more of the warrior princess.
Well, those viewers are in luck because a solo Wonder Woman film is the process of filming for release in 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs (Pan), Gal Gadot returns to fill that leather outfit, alongside Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Lucy Davis as Diana's best friend Etta Candy, Connie Nielsen as Diana's mother Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as Diana's aunt General Antiope and Lisa Loven Kongsli as Antiope's lieutenant Menalippe.
Some new images from the Facebook page of the Italian tour company Informazioni Turistiche show the Amazon queen riding on horseback around the city-state.
The Wonder Woman standalone film is said to be an origin story that will follow the transformation of a young Princess Diana into her alter ego Diana Prince and finally into Wonder Woman. It'll take fans from her humble beginnings on Themiscyra to her life during World War I and possibly even beyond. In doing so, we'll get to meet the tribe of warrior women named the Amazons, native to Themiscyra (a.k.a. Paradise Island). Chief among them is Queen Hippolyta, who is also Princess Diana's mother.
In the comics, Hippolyta is usually dark-haired just like her famous daughter. Yet more recently in the New 52 relaunch she has become more youthful and blonde. Taking a page from their continuity, the upcoming Wonder Woman film seems to have decided to keep Hippolyta's edgy new status.
As seen in the set photos, the queen and horse's armor are quite a sight to behold, decked out in gold with an air of royalty. The horse in particular seems to be almost glowing white, giving it an otherworldly quality. We've previously seen a promotional cast photo of all the Amazon women, but it didn't do Queen Hippolyta's full costume justice.
Principal photography should be wrapping up in Marina di Camerota, Italy. That may be a wrap for Wonder Woman, especially since Justice League Part One is greaing up to begin production. It's right back to work for Gadot as she joins her fellow superheroes at Leavesden Studios in London, then Iceland and Scotland for the following film in Warner Bros. Pictures' DC Extended Universe slate.
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.