SPOILER WARNING: This article may contain spoilers for Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is proving to be a huge hit at the box office, with critics, and with fans, and the standout scene from the film is decidedly the “no man’s land” battle, the moment when Princess Diana steps out and truly becomes Wonder Woman.
This is a moment that has occurred in past DC Comics movies with different heroes and that’s something that’s a fact of which Wonder Woman cinematographer Matthew Jensen was quite aware.
“From the very beginning, that scene was kind of our equivalent of Christopher Reeve revealing his S for the first time and saving Lois Lane from the falling helicopter or the first time when Christian Bale is Batman and he's moving so fast you can't see him in Batman Begins,” Jensen tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We knew the whole movie was building up to this whole moment when she first reveals herself as Wonder Woman. We knew we had to take the approach of Hitchcock in a certain way, you're holding back, your holding back. You are creating anticipation for that moment. And then, of course, doing the moment justice by not only revealing her in the full costume but also revealing her enormous and awesome abilities. That was a major sequence that was developed by Patty and the pre-vis artists and the stunt guys who did a lot of stunts through previsualization to show what was possible.”
Jensen took a lot of time to make sure that moment was perfect in the film.
“When I came aboard, I sat in a lot of the previsualization meetings so I could try out a lot of the ideas about how Wonder Woman reveals herself out of the trench and how she blocks a bullet and then it became a process of breaking down the elements,” he recalls. “What was going to be on our built set? What was going to be extreme slow-motion? What was going to be semi-slow motion? How were we going to get her to run across 300 yards of muddy field in her boots and also track with her with a camera? How were we going to rig that camera? All of these things were an enormous technical undertaking. Also, there was knowledge in the back of our head that we were shooting this thing in February. We were going to have no light and our light would be gone in about eight hours if not less than that. Gal would be out there in the Wonder Woman costume in the freezing cold. There were some many elements to this. But I think pulled it off.”
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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 in now playing in theaters.
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