New 'Wonder Woman' Details From Gadot, Jenkins, And Snyder Plus Stills And Concept Art

For sometime now the film genre of superheroes have been mostly a male driven part of cinema, but in June of this year, it may soon become a more balanced genre as DC Films' Wonder Woman will be released. Why there has been a long wait well it looks like certain female-driven features made the tide change. “People had been trying to develop it, and I think the success of female-driven action films like The Hunger Games really helped people realise there’s an audience,” said producer Deborah Snyder in a new edition of Empire Magazine. “There’s a longevity to the character and what she stands for. She’s stood the test of time.”

The character of Wonder Woman has been in the comics for 75 years and had but only one live-action television series unlike her male counterparts like Batman and Superman. However the Lynda Carter-starring series had an effect on, the now director of the upcoming blockbuster adaptation, Patty Jenkins. “I have a vivid memory of standing in the playground,” recalls Jenkins, “and arguing with another girl about who was going to be Wonder Woman.” It also had an effect on one of the film's producers, Deborah Snyder, who says: “The spin and the hands on the hips, that’s what I remember the most. I was in awe of her.”

Jenkins, in the past, already had an idea for a Wonder Woman film, set in the modern day that had similar tones of the period-driven film she's currently working on. “Ten years ago!” Jenkins said. “I was trying to make an essential origin story out of modern times. I was afraid of whole-hog doing the right thing, which is the historical origin story.” Warner Bros. didn’t bite. “People were just afraid to go into what was considered a male-dominated market with a female lead.”

One of the other producers of the upcoming film is Charles Roven, who has an existing background of DC Comics adapted films having worked on Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy, but couldn't work on getting a Wonder Woman film made as the Nolan trilogy was a closed universe. But due to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel making its way into the fold, things opened up. "We started to get into it,” says Roven, “and of course Zack went, ‘Let’s do Batman v Superman!’ Everyone went, ‘What?!’ [Now] you have this unbelievable exciting expansion. It’s constantly evolving.”

Producing partner, Deborah Snyder, recalls that it was her husband, Zack Snyder, first made the idea of bringing in Wonder Woman into the live-action big screen universe. “Zack was working on the [Batman v Superman] script and he was like, ‘You know what? Wouldn’t it be great to introduce this mysterious woman?’ We started talking about connecting the universes.”

A global search for the actress to play the superheroine commenced, and eventually Gal Gadot was the chosen one to bring the character to life for the big screen. At the beginning, however, she simply did a camera test for the role. “I said, ‘Great, but who’s the character?’” Gadot recalled. “My agent said, ‘Oh, you don’t know? I don’t know either.’ Zack called me about two days before I was to travel from Tel Aviv to Los Angeles. Super-nonchalantly, he said, ‘By the way, you know who you’re testing for? I don’t know if you have her in Israel, but do you know Wonder Woman?’ Then I literally passed out, came back to life, tried to put on my coolest voice and was like, ‘Yeah, I know of her.’”

Deborah Snyder was adamant that the person to play Wonder Woman must have the character's kindness off-screen as well. “We narrowed it down to five women, then decided to do a chemistry test with Ben [Affleck],” she said. “The thing that resonated more than even the test — because she did an amazing job and just lit up on screen — was the fact that every single department was pulling for her, because they loved her.”

A solo film was never mentioned to Gadot while making Batman v Superman. “I think they were still auditioning me while I was doing the movie,” she smiles. But a standalone film became a reality very soon after, and while Michelle McLaren, the initial helmer, left due to creative differences, Patty Jenkins was quickly given the directorial duty. Initially, Jenkins was anxious of having her leading lady already cast. “I was like, ‘Whoop, there goes that,’ you know?” Jenkins explained. “But she’s like a miracle; it sounds like I’m just talking up my star but I can’t say it enough. I don’t know that I ever would have thought to look all over the world, but thank God they did and thank God it’s her.”

Now the film is nearly finished and will be ready for the world to see, seventy-five years a wait, but a wait that is sure to pay off. “Better late than never!” said Gadot. “I’m just grateful it took so long, because I got the opportunity to play her.”

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.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Patty Jenkins, Allan Heinberg, and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg.

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017.

Source: Empire


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