- Wonder Woman release date: June 2, 2017
- Director: Patty Jenkins
- Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis
- Writer: Jason Fuchs
The Wonder Woman movie will bring Diana Prince’s origin story to the silver screen
Great Hera and Merciful Minerva, it's finally happening. After several Superman flicks, about a million Batman films, and now a so-so Superman AND Batman movie just to make sure we got the point, Wonder Woman is finally charging onto the screen in her own solo adventure. If you thought Princess Diana was the best thing about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, you’ll be getting a much heftier dose of the superhero in 2017.
Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and the rest of the cast wrapped filming in May this year, leaving director Patty Jenkins to make the magic happen in the editing room. Since then, we’ve had our first trailer, a kick-ass poster, and plenty of time to get our hopes up. Read everything we know about the Wonder Woman movie below; fingers crossed this will be the female superhero movie we’ve all been waiting for.
The Wonder Woman release date has been brought forward
We were originally scheduled to see Diana Prince take to the silver screen on June 23, 2017, but Warner Bros. moved the date forward in April, announcing that fans would get to see the superhero in action a whole three weeks earlier on June 2, 2017. It’s not that unusual for movie release dates to shift around, but it bodes well that it’s been brought forward. Obviously DC and Warner Bros. are feeling pretty confident about their newest addition to the DC Extended Universe. For those of you who don’t want to do the maths, this means we have just over 8 months until Wonder Woman hits theatres.
Wonder Woman’s trailer is bursting with action
The first Wonder Woman trailer was shown during the Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic Con 2016 and rather than torturing fans who couldn’t be in Hall H to see it at the time, it was released online almost immediately. Unlike with most movies, the trailer didn’t act as a first introduction to Wonder Woman (thank you Batman v Superman), but instead focused on her origin story, which isn’t as well known as some superheros.
We’re introduced to the mysterious world of Themyscira and the Amazonians who live there, we watch Chris Pine’s character meet Diana, and we see the Lasso of Truth in action for the first time. Plus, there’s some seriously excellent one-liners in this trailer. When Chris Pine’s chivalrous Steve Trevor tries to protect Diana, saying: “I can’t let you do this.” She responds in the only way a female superhero can: “What I do is not up to you.”
Wonder Woman’s poster is subtle but striking
Not content with only releasing the first trailer for Wonder Woman at SDCC, Warner Bros. also released the first poster which features a striking silhouette of the woman herself. While it might be the only official poster we’ve had for the solo movie so far, it’s by no means the only imagery. Let’s not forget this strong picture of Princess Diana in her Amazonian armour, with her mother Queen Hippolyta and aunts General Antiope and Melanippe.
Wonder Woman’s story will take us back in time
Get ready for a shocker - Wonder Woman's big screen solo debut will focus on her origin story. Suffering Sappho! But in this case, that's actually pretty appropriate, as the beginning of Wonder Woman's story isn't nearly as ubiquitous and well-known as her those of her partners in justice. Plus, the story of Princess Diana's birth and early life has changed dramatically over the years, so it would be useful to know just what iteration of Wonder Woman we're dealing with by the time the Justice League movie rolls around.
While the images and footage we’ve seen so far don’t give too much away, we do have an official synopsis… which gives even less away. Read it below:
“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.”
Basically, the Amazons of Themyscira have abandoned the world they were charged with protecting, deeming it unworthy, and only Princess Diana questions their inaction. , at this point in her life Diana is "more naive and pure and she’s this young idealist who does not understand the complexities of men and life".
Then, guess what? A certain someone *cough* Chris Pine *cough* washes up on shore giving her the perfect excuse to leave with him and fight the good fight. It turns out her help is very much needed, as humanity is busy blowing itself to pieces in World War 1. The trailer hints at a specific big baddie who will probably be the focus of the story, but so far we know very little about him. And judging from Wonder Woman’s comments in Batman v Superman about her abandoning humans for a hundred years, everything might not go as planned.
The Wonder Woman cast is full of strong female stars
After proving to be the shining beacon of greatness in an otherwise lackluster Batman v Superman, Gal Godot will reprise her role as Wonder Woman in the solo film. She'll basically have to work backwards from playing an experienced, self-assured version of Diana to one who is just getting her feet under her.
She's joined by Connie Nielson as Queen Hippolyta, Diana's mother and ruler of the Amazonians; Robin Wright as Diana's aunt General Antiope; Lisa Loven Kongsli as her other aunt Melanippe; Chris Pine as Diana's first love (and the first man she's ever seen) Steve Trevor; and, perhaps most interesting of all, Lucy Davis as Diana's best friend Etta Candy.
How exactly these characters will be put to use is still in question - given how regularly they've been re-imagined over the last few decades, they could all be involved in a wide variety of plots and still remain true to their comic selves. Etta alone has gone from sassy sorority sister, to Wonder Woman understudy, to a highly trained intelligence officer since Wonder Woman's first issue, and half the time she and Steve are more interested in each other than either of them are in the Amazonian goddess.
In addition, Antiope famously falls from grace when she trusts the wrong man, ultimately ending in her death long before Diana was even born. Chances are some liberties are being taken with the Wonder Woman canon here, but we'll have to wait to see how many. Check out our full Wonder Woman cast breakdown for more information.
Wonder Woman villains are being kept under wraps
So far, Warner Bros. have managed to keep the identity of the big bad (or big bads) Wonder Woman will be facing in her first solo movie fairly quiet. However, there are a few things we can glean using our common sense and the trailer. Given that the movie is set around the First World War it’s probably a good guess to say that Diana Prince will be facing off against the Germans for some of it. She has to pick a side, after all, and the trailer shows her fighting alongside Steve in the trenches, but I doubt ‘the Germans’ will be the world-threatening enemy the superhero needs to destroy.
More likely is that the real big bad is masquerading as part of the German army in an attempt to succeed in whatever dastardly plan they’ve cooked up. Enter this guy:
My keen trailer-watching skills tell me he’s not a good guy but who could he be? Some have suggested he’s Ares. Named after the Greek God of war it won’t come as a surprise to you that this Wonder Woman villain is intent on creating his vision of eternal war and conflict in the world of man. This is something that would certainly tie in well with the setting of Wonder Woman’s solo movie and the creepy guy in the uniform in the trailer. But he’s not the only person of interest we’ve spotted.
Most superhero movies now don’t have just one villain and I think we know who might be Ares’s henchman… or should I say henchwoman? Spanish actress Elena Anaya showed up in the trailer wearing a rather creepy face mask and looking all shifty, and it’s since been confirmed (sort of) that she’s playing for team evil. “Well, it was a small role in this big ensemble, but it is an important character in the story," she told Batman News. "It’s directed by Patty Jenkins, then there’s Gal Gadot as our main lead, Chris Pine as her co-lead and I’m going to be… a big nightmare for the two of them.” From the sounds of things Anaya won’t have a big role but she will be a villain. Suggestions range from Circe to Doctor Poison but there’s always the possibility she might be a completely new Wonder Woman baddie.
Wonder Woman director is getting another shot at a superhero movie
For a while it seemed like the directorial chair for Wonder Woman came with a revolving door attached - Joss Whedon and Michelle MacLaren both left the project due to ‘creative differences’ - but finally, in April 2015, Patty Jenkins officially took on the project.
If that name sounds familiar, it should. In addition to her work on the likes of Monster and Arrested Development (the two most different things ever committed to film), Jenkins was also the original person tapped to direct Thor 2 before she left (or was asked to leave, depending on who you believe) over, you guessed it, ‘creative differences’. That didn't sit well with actress Natalie Portman, who allegedly only agreed to reprise her role as Jane Foster specifically for the chance to work with Jenkins.
So, tallying that up, Jenkins has an impressive directorial background, valuable experience with stories about women, the respect of talented actors, and firsthand knowledge of what it takes to direct a superhero film. That's a pretty exciting list of qualifications, so it'll be interesting to see what she does with them when it comes to Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman’s costume has had a serious upgrade
Like pretty much all modern superhero movies, Wonder Woman’s costume needed a serious upgrade for her cinematic debut. I mean, the original costume, while certainly jazzy, doesn’t exactly scream modern crime-fighting female hero. Everyone held their breath as Warner Bros. released the first image of Wonder Woman from Batman v Superman and then released it quietly when it turned out that her costume hadn’t changed too much.
The main difference was in the colour pallette. While Wonder Woman’s costume has changed a lot over her comic book years, it’s always been very red, white, and blue… like a certain other, *cough* Cap *cough*, superhero we know. However, her BvS incarnation went for a more grungy bronze look, while keeping most of the other aspects of her look.
If you thought this was the look you were going to get for her solo outing though, you were wrong, as the trailer revealed that those patriotic colours are back. While the hues have been toned down for this 2017 incarnation, they’re definitely still there. The only thing I can think is that between the solo movie and BvS, Diana Prince’s costume must have tarnished from its long years in the back of her closet after she abandoned mankind. Maybe it just needs a really good dusting.
These Wonder Woman comics will help you understand her origins
If you want to get reacquainted (or just acquainted if you’re a comics newbie) with the Wonder Woman comics, we’ve picked five essential Wonder Woman stories to get you started.
The Circle: Fan fave writer Gail Simone kickstarted her run in style. The Circle finds Wonder Woman struggling with a lack of powers when she’s in her secret identity, but still taking on – and beating – a gang of superhuman Nazis.
Eyes of the Gorgon: Diana must deal with Medusa and a coup on Mount Olympus in a storyline that plays up the mythological elements of Wonder Woman’s backstory, while also emphasising her wisdom.
JLA: A League of One: A one-shot that sees Diana forced to (non-lethally!) neutralise her teammates in the Justice League for their own safety. Batman? Superman? Green Lantern? Flash? All come up against her and all fall.
Down to Earth: Diana publishes a book espousing her peaceful philosophy – and is immediately thrown into conflict. Politically engaged, true to Marston’s original conception of the character but still exciting, this is a cracker.
The Wonder Woman Chronicles: Not a single story, but an essential collection of the very earliest tales. Marston (in his pseudonym, Charles Moulton) and his collaborators bring sheer wild invention, and not a little lunacy, to Diana’s first adventures.