It’s been a long time coming, but the Wonder Woman movie is finally in front of cameras. 75 years after the character made her debut in the pages of DC Comics, and after decades of stops and starts on a feature film adaptation, Warner Bros. is finally bringing the film to fruition with director Patty Jenkins, star Gal Gadot, and the weight of a DC Cinematic Universe behind it. To mark the occasion, the studio has released the first official image of Gadot in costume from the film, and has announced a slew of exciting additions to the cast.
Unfortunately we still don’t have any plot or timeline confirmation, but in the photo Gadot is seen wearing her traditional armor with Big Ben in the background, so we can surmise that the Amazon Princess makes her way to London at some point in the film. As for the cast, joining Gadot and the previously announced Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor is Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis (Harry Potter), Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).
It had been reported earlier this month that Nicole Kidman was in talks for a major role, but she’s not amongst this official cast. Perhaps the deal didn’t make and Wright is filling that character now. Regardless, this is a formidable ensemble, and I’m particularly enthused to see Wright and Thewlis joining the ranks of the DC Cinematic Universe. Wonder Woman will follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (in which the character first appears) and Suicide Squad, offering audiences a very different kind of superhero movie from what we’ve seen previously from the DC library.
Last week, Taghmaoui shared of image of himself and Trevor in costume on set, and the two appeared to be wearing World War II-centric garb. The photo was quickly taken down (oops!), but it’s possible that the film A. Takes place entirely during World War II, B. Takes place partially during World War II, or C. Features flashbacks to World War II. Given that Gadot’s Diana Prince lives for a very, very long time, it’s quite tough to pin the timeline down.
The press release also reveals the film’s crew, which includes director of photography Matthew Jensen (Chronicle, Fantastic Four), production designer Aline Bonetto (Amélie), editor Martin Walsh (Chicago), and costume designer Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight Trilogy). Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, and Deborah Snyder produce, with filming taking place on location in the UK, France, and Italy.
Curiously, the press release refers to this as “the Wonder Woman feature film” and not Wonder Woman. Perhaps the final title will be a bit more complex? Regardless, it’s somewhat of a milestone, acting as the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era, and I can’t wait to see what this team has put together.
Check out the official promo photo below, followed by the full press release. The film opens in theaters on June 23, 2017.
BURBANK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The character will make her big screen debut this spring in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.
The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).
The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.
Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”).
Principal photography will take place on location in the UK, France and Italy.
Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.