It’s been a long, long time coming, but a Wonder Woman movie is finally in production.75 years after the debut of the character in the DC Comics’ pages, and following multiple attempts at the small and big screen, Warner Bros. is finally bringing the long-awaited feature film to realization. Not only does the entire DC Extended Universe hinge on it being successful, but a ton of that weight lies on the shoulders of director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot, and hopefully they can pull it off.
With all the talk revolving around the film lately, from villains and timelines and everything else, there is still very little official news coming from it. We know just a few things: Gal Gadot will be introduced as Diana Prince and Wonder Woman in next year’s Batman V Superman, Patty Jenkins will be directing the film, and the film is now officially in production. Well we can now add a few more things to the list.
Gadot herself took to twitter (as everyone does) and dropped the first official image from Wonder Woman, as the film just went into production. It doesn’t reveal any plot details or anything like that, but just gives us another look at Princess Diana in her traditional armor, this time in front of Big Ben. That’s right, as in the Big Ben. There’s no specific time period, but it confirms that we’ll be seeing the Amazonian Princess make her way to London at some point in the film. Just one question, is that a neck tattoo…?
Along with the first look image, Warner Bros. also released the full press release to celebrate the beginning of production on the film. And within the release, we get our first look at the full cast that will be featured in Wonder Woman. A few of them come to no surprise as we’ve known about them for some time, but there are definitely a few names that haven’t popped up in the past but are very exciting. Here’s who we’ll see featured alongside Gal Gadot: Chris Pine as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner (Snowpiercer), Saïd Taghmaoui (American Hustle), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In) and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead).
Other than Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the best name (there are a few) on the list is Robin Wright. It was rumored last month that Nicole Kidman might be landing a role in the first female-led superhero movie, but it looks like Wright may have very well nabbed that spot. If both Kidman and Wright were in fact up for the same role, there is no doubt in my mind it’s the role of Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mother and Queen of their Amazonian home Themyscira.
If that is the case, then Warner Bros. couldn’t have chosen a better actress for the role. Don’t get me wrong, it would’ve been fantastic to see someone with Kidman’s caliber in this kind of film, but I’m ridiculously intrigued by the idea of Wright starring alongside Gadot and in the role of Hippolyta. Now of course, her role is still unknown, making all this speculation on my part. As for the rest of the cast, it’s an outrageous ensemble, a variety of different actors and actresses who will bring some great depth and flavor to a film that’s been decades in the making.
Now that Wonder Woman is officially underway and we have a cast revealed, the big question is now revolving around the films plot and time period. There have been rumors floating around for months now, some being pretty damn believable, but we have yet to hear anything from anyone. Will it be an origin story? Will it play in multiple time periods? Or will it follow the events of Batman V Superman? Many questions still revolve around the film, but those are answers we’re all very excited for.
Wonder Woman is slated for a June 23rd, 2017 release date. Directed by Patty Jenkins starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis.