Wonder Woman is finally arriving in theaters next summer, and anticipation is building for the character’s long awaited first film. This is the first time in over a decade that a female superhero has gotten her own movie. Another thing that helps Wonder Woman stand out from other comic book movies is its World War I setting. Most superhero films take place in the present day, with a few exploring other decades in the 20th century.
Director Patty Jenkins explains the WWI setting in an interview with Empire, who has also premiered a new still from the movie. She describes how witnessing the war affects Diana’s perspective, contributing to her “coming of age” character arc. “My approach was to focus on telling the story of mechanised war and how that would look to a god visiting our world for the first time. I wanted the audience to understand the horrors that a war on this scale makes possible and how shocking that would be to someone who comes with a strong sense of honour and justice. She doesn’t realise yet just how senselessly dark the world can be.”
While Wonder Woman looks to have a good balance of lighter and darker elements, it sounds like the film won’t shy away from some of the horrific things that took place during WWI. Also, when we meet modern-day Diana in Batman v Superman, she had given up as a hero for over a century due to witnessing just how awful mankind can be. Surely, we’ll see exactly what she witnessed in her solo movie.
For Jenkins’ comments on Diana’s “philosophical” motivation in Wonder Woman, click HERE.
Wonder Woman is scheduled to hit theaters June 2nd, 2017. The fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli and Connie Nielsen. Patty Jenkins directs and co-wrote the script with Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg.