Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, is finally getting the attention she deserves. After years of failed projects, the iconic heroine is getting her chance to shine on the big screen. And it’s about time too. Making her cinematic debut in Batman v Superman, and having everyone adore it, Diana is ready to set off on her own in a solo film that will act as the character’s origin story.
Wonder Woman’s 75 year history is ripe with lore and director Patty Jenkins has a supporting cast that will help her deliver it. Queen Hippolyta, Diana’s mother (Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen), and her two military aunts — General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Force Majeure’s Lisa Loven Kongsli) all raised and trained Diana on the island of Themyscira. However, the trio has different opinions on what exactly Princess Diana should do with said training. Hippolyta wants to shelter her only child from the outside world, meanwhile Antiope, the aunt most responsible for Diana’s training, wants to see her niece prepared for it. “She is the only child they raised together,” Jenkins said speaking with Entertainment Weekly, “and their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them.”
Getting the cast right is a big step, but the setting must be an equally difficult task. To create the island of Themyscira, Jenkins and her team “used exotic islands off the coasts of Italy and southern China to enhance the otherworldliness of scenes filmed on Italy’s Amalfi coast.” Producer Charles Roven added that “[the island is] a place that has the ‘you’ve never been to’ kind of feel. But once you’re there you’re not so sure you really want to leave so fast.”
To match the island’s unique qualities, the Amazons have to look the part too. “To me, they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men. It should be different. It should be authentic and real—and appealing to women,” Jenkins says of their warrior attire. It certainly looks like they’ve nailed it.
Wonder Woman makes her silver screen debut tomorrow in Batman v Superman, her much anticipated standalone is slated to hit theaters June 2, 2017.
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