'Wonder Woman' Scene Descriptions; No Man's Land & Themyscira [Spoilers]

Thanks to some outlets that went to London, in various points in time, to report on DC Films' upcoming Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman film, we have some new details about the feature. Journalists were shown some scenes from the film, luckily they have written descriptions giving us an idea of what the film will feel like.

Fair warning there will be spoilers in the following scene descriptions, so if you wish to go in fresh do not read them go ahead a read an interview Jenkins had with the journalists here instead.

So let's begin...

First scene up is one that takes place when a young Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is told a story by her mother Queen Hippolyta, played by Connie Nielsen. The scene goes as follows:


Ares is first introduced in the film as Diana’s mother Hippolyta reads her a bedtime story as a child, explaining the origin of the Amazons, which will all be depicted on screen for us naturally. She tells her daughter of the time before time existed, when Zeus ruled the Earth with the other gods and how they created man to be their companions, how they were meant to be good, kind, loving, and live in peace with the gods. Hippolyta continues and reveals Ares, the god of War and son of Zeus, became jealous of his father’s relationship with man and poisons the hearts and minds of the world, so they turn on each other and begin fighting.

As man continues to destroy each other, Ares takes it out on the other Gods and begins killing them in turn. Zeus looks to the remaining gods for aid, and with the help of Aphrodite (the god of love), they create the Amazons, who rise out of the sea as noble warriors to restore peace to the world and love to the heart of man. The plan works and Ares is subdued, briefly, but his rage is unstoppable and he enslaves the Amazons and continues his god-killing tour. To save time, and make plans for the future, Zeus holds off Ares and creates Themyscira, a hidden refuge for the Amazons to stay away from his son. In the story, and in the context of the film, Zeus offers the Amazons one last gift before Ares kills him, a weapon forged to kill the god of war, the only such weapon, a sword they’ve hidden in their armoury called The God Killer.


Naturally, Diana does not sleep after hearing this story. In fact, it sticks with her for the rest of her life. When Steve Trevor arrives on the island and they lasso him up (with that trusty lasso of truth) and learn about “the War to end all wars,” Diana knows who is responsible. She pleads with her mother that they must do something to stop Ares as it’s their purpose, it’s why they were made, but she’s met with push backs. Diana takes it upon herself to do something though, she can’t watch it happen, and thus the story begins.


The following is another batch of scene descriptions, that are set in completely different settings, with comments from Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins:


One the scenes shown was a pivotal moment in the film, as Diana and Steve Trevor venture from Themyscira to return to the world of man. For some context, in the film Diana has taken it upon herself to make this journey as she believes the god of war Ares is at fault, and it’s the destiny of the Amazons to keep him in check. She’s armed herself with her trademark armour and gauntlets, plus the lasso of truth, and her sword, known as “The God Killer,” and the only weapon capable of striking down Ares (or is it?).

As the scene begins, Diana and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) find themselves on a small ship as they leave the island. Diana watches the horizon as they depart, her home becoming smaller and smaller, until a cloud of mist covers it, potentially forever (it’s an element of the Wonder Woman mythology that they’re leaving up in the air here). She speaks to Steve about their journey and how long it will take them to arrive, and Steve isn’t optimistic. Diana is eager you see, she’s ready to get to the front lines of the fighting so she can stop Ares, a development that leaves Steve’s eyebrow raised. That’s part of the magic at work in Wonder Woman, the two worlds here of a realistic and brutal “man’s world,” and the Greek-inspired world of Diana.


“I really, really enjoy working with Chris,” Gadot said. “He’s a great partner, funny, we have lots of laughs on set, and I think that his character, in comparison to Diana’s character, they’re very much, yin and yang. He’s this realistic guy, who’s been through a lot, and he knows what mankind is capable of doing, and Diana is this young, idealist, who thinks that the world is very white, very pure, mankind are only good, and there’s something in their, you know, once they get to know each other, he teaches her so much about reality and mankind, and she brings back hope to his life.”

Diana asks about children in the world of man, which Steve confirms exist and asks why she would want to know that. In the film, there have never been any other children on Themyscira except for Diana – she was the only child that grew up surrounded by the fully-grown Amazons, so she’s eager to see a baby (and her reaction when she does is worth it). This puzzles Steve, and Diana reveals she was the only child on the island and that Zeus craft her out of clay. Pine’s reaction to this is priceless. Later, she prepares to sleep on a makeshift bed, making room for Steve to join her, which leads to a hilarious conversation about “sleeping together.” She says this referring just to two equals sharing a bed for rest but this leads Steve down a bumbling, awkward path of explaining how men and women don’t share a bed when they aren’t married, a completely foreign concept to Diana. The pair have a dynamic and shared charm that is unique and a sigh of relief.


The scene transitions into a moment between the chief villains of the movie, Danny Huston’s General Erich Ludendorff, a rogue German general that is trying to stall all peace talks, and Elena Anaya’s Doctor Maru, a woman with a gift for creating poisons and gases. Maru has been tasked with creating a gas that can cover all of Europe and kill all their enemies, but doesn’t have the resources to complete it to the scale that Ludendorff requires. This upsets him, naturally, but she has another small gas that he pops into his nostrils, giving him temporary enhanced strength. He crushes a gun with his bare hand to test it. It’s a fine enough scene on its own that focuses on the relationship between these two villains, which will seemingly fit in well when more context is applied with other scenes.


“I liked that they have two separate goals but together they have a very bad intention,” Patty Jenkins said. “Which is how I think real villains work.”


The action then moves back to Steve and Diana as they arrive in London, with the assist of a tugboat that pulls them down the Thames. Diana has wondered what this world would look like for a long time and finds herself quite disappointed in it – it’s dark, it’s dirty, and it’s noisy. There’s not much to like. As they walk down the street, and some men cat call to her (which she doesn’t even notice), she asks again about the fighting and the front lines. She’s eager to finish of Ares. Steve makes her a promise that once they deliver this key intelligence he has to the war council, he will take her to the front lines. Diana agrees but in a huff of frustration pulls back her long fur coat, revealing her armour to the world. Steve tries to cover her, leading to more of their impeccable comedy as he tells her that she’s “naked” and needs real clothes to actually blend in.


Things jump ahead after this to the moment when Steve finally takes Diana to the front lines, outside of a village in Belgium where the troops have been fighting for over a year with no progress. Diana hears the cries of the people outside and the tale of those trapped within the city and does what she was born to do, be a hero. She ascends the ladder up to no man’s land and begins walking. The Germans notice naturally and begin to fire upon her, but she learns to deflect all of their fire with both her gauntlets and her shield. So the men use this, they rally behind her and push forward and eventually take the German position before heading into the town to liberate the people.


When asked if the presence of Diana in World War I would alter the historical context of the event in the DCEU, Jenkins said:

“There are a lot of misunderstandings at play about World War I. The greatest thing is it was not clear what was going on, and that’s great for her journey. The big and most interesting thing about War was that there had been… That’s her observation, you’re just shooting sh*t and you don’t know who you’re killing or what’s going on. The truth is with any of these superhero stories (the setting) doesn’t really matter. It’s not about World War II and it’s not about World War I, it’s about a god, a superhero/amazon coming to Man’s world and viewing mankind. So this war ended up being great (for us) and it was really fun to apply to a time period nobody knows with the same balance that you do in a superhero movie to times that you do.”


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 Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg.

Wonder Woman
is slated for release on June 2, 2017

Source: ComingSoon - ComingSoon

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