Wonder Woman Cinematographer Reveals Superman, Batman Begins Inspiration

When Wonder Woman debuts domestically this weekend, it makes history as the first feature length film starring Diana Prince (Gal Gadot). For those that have been treated to advanced screenings of the film, the reviews have been generally positive, making it a big step forward for the DC Extended Universe.

With things looking bright for Warner Brothers and the DCEU, Wonder Woman cinematographer Matthew Jensen shed some light on where the crew drew inspiration from when it came to decide how the film looked and felt.

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“Every day seemed like a challenge because it was such a big and complicated movie. Just the knowledge that we were doing Wonder Woman’s story, solo, a movie that a lot of people had been trying to get off the ground for over 20 years, and she is one of the pop culture icons, so there was a lot of pressure on us to do it correctly,” Jensen told IGN. “We were setting out to make something close to Richard Donner’s Superman or Batman Begins. We wanted to do her story that kind of justice so every day felt like we had that monkey on our back.”

Superman and Batman Begins are arguably two of the best movies in the superhero genre, so if Wonder Woman can use a thing or two from those productions, it certainly wouldn’t hurt.

Wonder Woman features Diana of Themyscira as she becomes the character we’ve come to know and love over the past 75 years with her history at DC Comics. As she builds towards becoming Wonder Woman, Jensen says there’s a scene in the movie where viewers will realize, that’s definitely the character we know.

“I think it’s akin to, again, Christopher Reeve opening up his shirt and revealing the “S” for the first time,” reflected Jensen. “That happens at about an hour into that movie and same thing with Christian Bale, he finally says “I am Batman” about an hour into the movie and I think ours is similar.”

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that's raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg & Geoff Johns, story by Heinberg & Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and David Thewlis.

Wonder Woman opens in theaters June 2, 2017.

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