Moviegoers are already admitting that their main reason for seeing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has to do with the superhero not in the title, and now Warner Bros. is seizing that buzz by offering a new look at Wonder Woman’s upcoming standalone film, Wonder Woman. We’ve only seen the barest of glimpses at the World War I-set fantasy epic, along with a few set photos that gave us a look at the WWI garb and ragtag team of fighters that includes Chris Pine, but today’s new image highlights the fantasy aspect of the film, revealing Diana Prince’s Themysciran cohorts.
Indeed, the Amazon women of the Greek myth have lived on the hidden island of Themyscira for ages, and Wonder Woman aims to give the comics character her long-overdue standalone film that finally delves into the character’s origin story. Patty Jenkins, who directed the serial killer biopic Monster and came close to helming Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World, is at the helm of Wonder Woman, which recounts Gal Gadot’s transformation from a young princess to a full-fledged warrior.
This image unveils the trio of women who help raise young Diana, her mother Hippolyta played by Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen, and her military aunts General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant Menalippe (Force Majeure actress Lisa Loven Kongsli). Speaking with EW, Jenkins revealed that Diana is the only child on the island, and these three women have very different ways of raising her.
Hippolyta is protective and aims to keep Diana on Themyscira for as long as possible, while Wright’s Antiope feels she’s destined to be a warrior. When it came to crafting the fantastical costumes, however, Jenkins says she and costume designer Lindy Hemming wanted to approach the film differently:
“To me, they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men,” Jenkins says of the women’s battle wear. “It should be different. It should be authentic and real—and appealing to women.”
Speaking more generally about the look and feel of the titular character, Jenkins was frank:
“I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time—the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.”
Based on this first-look image, I’d say she succeeded. This cast looks positively badass, and having seen Batman v Superman I can attest that Gadot’s Wonder Woman is one of the best things about the movie. I am mighty excited to follow this character on her own adventures when the film opens in theaters on June 23, 2017.
Check out the image below, via EW. The film also stars Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis.