Over 75 years after the character first debuted in the pages of All Star Comics #8, Wonder Woman’s first feature film is now playing in theaters across the globe. Director Patty Jenkins has finally brought Diana of Themyscira to movie audiences everywhere, earning an impressive box office take in its preview night that is sure to build over opening weekend.
Actor Gal Gador previously debuted as the character in the modern age in last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, though this film focuses on her origin as Wonder Woman amid the first World War. But the Amazons’ culture is ancient and their population is imbued with a sort of timelessness, removed from human mortality and touched by the Gods.
They aren’t quite immortal, though they do have extremely long lifespans. And though Wonder Woman is partially a coming-of-age story, Diana Prince is still older than the people she comes to meet in her journey through Europe. According to Jenkins, she’s MUCH older. The director spoke with Collider about the character’s age in the DC Cinematic Universe and the nature of her time on earth.
“Well, I think she’s thousands of years old,” Jenkins said. “Really, I think she’s a child but she’s probably 800 [years old]…”
Jenkins added that “everybody has a different opinion,” but that is how she views the character. But it wasn’t decided on haphazardly; it was a big point of discussion between her and producers at Warner Bros.
“Oh my God, have I had that conversation. Ad nauseam,” Jenkins said. “Because the truth was I kept talking about listen, this is her coming of age story. How is she coming of age and how long does that take to learn these lessons. Well, it would take a long time but also we don’t know how long it took to get to that moment that she finally does the energy blast and then Steve [Trevor] arrives. That might have taken that whole time or the middle stage might’ve taken longer and she’s been fighting for a decent amount of time. It’s like you stretch out that time period to her living for a long time and that’s her aging.”
Given the nature of comic book fans and the common obsession with continuity, Jenkins putting a timeframe on Wonder Woman’s age should be appreciated. Though it can always be altered or further defined in future movies, it’s nice to know that Wondy has the benefit of wisdom and experience when dealing with threats alongside Batman, Superman, and the rest of the league.
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Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Joining Gal Gadot in the international cast are Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. Patty Jenkins directs the film from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder and Allan Heinberg, based on characters from DC Entertainment. Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston.
The film is produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, Deborah Snyder and Richard Suckle, with Rebecca Roven, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures presents, in association with RatPac-Dune Entertainment, an Atlas Entertainment/Cruel and Unusual production, Wonder Woman.