Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Patty Jenkins|
|Screenplay by||Allan Heinberg|
|Based on||Wonder Woman
by William Moulton Marston
|Music by||Rupert Gregson-Williams|
|Edited by||Martin Walsh|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Box office||$254.4 million|
Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comicscharacter of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and a story by Heinberg, Zack Snyder, andJason Fuchs. Gal Gadot stars as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, and Elena Anaya in supporting roles.
Wonder Woman is the first live action theatrical film starring the character, following her first live-action theatrical appearance in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Set in 1918, the film tells the story of American pilotSteve Trevor, who crashes offshore of the Amazon island of Themyscira, and is rescued by its Princess Diana. After he tells Diana about World War I, she leaves her home in order to end the war, becoming Wonder Woman in the process.
Development for the film began in 1996, with Jenkins signing on to direct in 2015. Principal photography began on November 21, 2015, with filming taking place in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy before wrapping up on May 19, 2016. Additional filming took place in November 2016.
Wonder Woman premiered in Shanghai on May 15, 2017, and was released in the United States on June 2, 2017, in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Gadot and Pine’s performances and has grossed $254 million worldwide.
Diana was born and raised on the island of Themyscira, home to the Amazons, a race of warrior women created by the gods ofMount Olympus to protect humankind against the corruption of Ares, the god of war. In the distant past, Ares slew all his fellow gods, but was mortally wounded by his father Zeus. Before dying, to guard against Ares’ return, Zeus left behind a weapon for the Amazons capable of killing his renegade son—the “Godkiller,” which Diana believes to be a ceremonial sword. Diana desires to train as an Amazon warrior, but her mother Queen Hippolyta refuses to allow it, insisting that Ares will never return. However, Diana and her aunt, General Antiope, disobey Hippolyta and begin training in secret. When the two are discovered by Hippolyta, Antiope convinces the queen to allow Diana’s training to continue.
As a young woman, Diana rescues pilot Steve Trevor after his plane crashes off the coast of Themyscira. The island is soon attacked by the German soldiers pursuing Steve. The Amazons engage and kill all the soldiers, but Antiope dies protecting Diana. Interrogated with the Lasso of Truth, Steve reveals that the Great War is well underway, and he is an Alliedspy. He stole a notebook from German scientist Doctor Maru, who is researching a deadlier form of mustard gas under General Erich Ludendorff. Believing Ares is responsible for the war, Diana arms herself with the ceremonial sword and leaves Themyscira with Steve to find and destroy Ares, although Hippolyta refuses to let her return to Themiscyra.
In London, Steve delivers Maru’s notes to his superiors at the Imperial War Cabinet, including Sir Patrick Morgan, who is trying to negotiate an armistice with Germany. Steve believes Ludendorff will complete and use the gas regardless of an armistice. With Sir Patrick’s support, Steve and Diana infiltrate the Western Front in Belgium, accompanied by Steve’s team: spy Sameer, marksman Charlie, and smuggler Chief.
I don’t get ANY of the feminist hype I have seen online associated with this film. Wonder Woman is still scantily dressed and kills dozens of innocents while protesting all the death that comes with war. I did really like the movie, and I am looking forward to more of this version of Diana Prince! This was well worth the cost of a premium ticket. Another Superhero brought back to life with class, and finesse. 4 stars – MR