While all the buzz at the moment is about Suicide Squad, the third official film in the DC Extended Universe after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, next year the interconnected universe goes a very different direction with the Suicide Squad follow-up Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. beat Marvel Studios to the punch by being first out of the gate with a female-led superhero movie during this superhero-dominated era, and now some new Wonder Woman movie images have landed online.
Monster director Patty Jenkins is at the helm of the pic, which ratcheted up many folks’ most anticipated list once we got a feel for Gal Gadot’s take on Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. But a Wonder Woman adaptation of one form or another has been in the works for years, with Joss Whedon famously scripting a take that never moved forward. Why did it take so long? As Jenkins tells EW in the magazine’s latest Comic-Con-centric issue, she has some thoughts:
“I think part of the reason Wonder Woman hasn’t happened [until now] is because the right way to do it is as a classic origin story. People were afraid to do it with a woman, and now they are less so.”
Indeed, Wonder Woman is a prequel to Batman v Superman in that we’ll follow Gadot’s Diana Prince living with her Amazonian warrior kin when an American pilot, played by Chris Pine, crashes on their sheltered island paradise and informs Diana of a massive conflict raging in the outside world: World War I. Diana then opts to leaver her home and try to put her powers to good use, and we’ll presumably find out why she left all conflicts behind after these events.
This take on the Wonder Woman story really does sound quite spectacular, and given that the film also marks the feature film screenwriting debut of DC Comics head Geoff Johns, there’s plenty to be excited about. For now, peruse some new images via EW below.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017 and also stars Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Here’s the official synopsis for Wonder Woman:
“Wonder Woman” hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.