After years of the superhero movie genre being dominated by men, the CW treated fans to their first look at the upcoming female-centric film “Wonder Woman" on Tuesday. The sneak peek premiered during a special about the entire DC Comics movie universe and teased an origin story of mythical proportions.
It’s worth mentioning at the top that this is by no means the first look fans have received of Gal Gadot as the Amazonian princess. The character will be introduced in the upcoming DC Comics expansion film, “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," and she appeared alongside the title characters in the latest trailer for the film. However, in 2017 her days in a supporting role will be over and she’ll star in a standalone origin story all her own.
“Wonder Woman’s like one of the greatest superheroes out there, but people don’t know her origins like they know Superman’s origin or Batman’s origin,” DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns says in the video below. “So what we want to do in the film is really tell people who she is, where she comes from and why she does what she does.”
For those that aren’t familiar, the video goes into more detail revealing to newcomers that Wonder Woman hails from Greek mythology as the mighty daughter of Zeus. She and the rest of the Amazonians were made to protect the realm of men, but her people have since abandoned that mission after deeming mankind not worth it. Fortunately for earth, Wonder Woman rejects that idea and goes on a journey to our world to help protect it from some of the big bad supervillains of the world.
As People notes, Wonder Woman is perhaps the best fighter in the DC Comics universe. Having spent most of her life training to be a mighty warrior, her skills put her beyond that of Batman and, possibly, Superman. However, don’t expect a lot of crossover appeal from the Wonder Woman standalone movie. As the footage proves, because the character lives among the gods, she’s been around for quite some time. As a result, the movie takes place several years in the past, making it a time period origin story similar to that of “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
As previously mentioned, one of the big reasons fans are so excited to see a live-action “Wonder Woman” movie is the fact that, since superhero movies have become so popular in pop culture, no one has ever bet big and allowed a female to lead one. Although Marvel has lofty plans with “Captain Marvel,” “Wonder Woman” will hit theaters first.
“Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important,” actor and "Wonder Woman" star Chris Pine said in the sneak peek. “The story of a very powerful woman.”
According to Variety, Patty Jenkins will direct “Wonder Woman." Jenkins will get some help from “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder, who will be on board as a producer, likely in an effort to make sure the continuous stream of movies coming from DC Comics and Warner Bros. in the coming years share continuity.
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