When this June rolls around, we're not just getting another superhero movie. In Wonder Woman, we get the first modern superhero movie with a female lead, as Warner Bros. and DC Films beat rival Marvel Studios to the punch. It's something that wighs heavily on the minds of the DC Films production team, and certainly provides some unique pressure.
"When you're the first of anything, it's important, isn't it? You can't dodge that bullet," producer Charles Roven told ComicBook.com in an interview. "Of course it's important. It's important because it hasn't been done, and on the one hand you could say it's exciting because it hasn't been done. That makes it a challenging and thrilling and gives you a little bit of butterflies at the same time. Those are great feelings to have when you're embarking on this kind of a journey."
When making Man of Steel, the team at DC Films mapped out a basic plan for the Justice League, and they knew then that they were going to make Wonder Woman the only other solo film before the team came together. That level of importance placed on her, and the "DC Comics trinity" of Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, was acknowledged from the start.
"We're equally excited to be moving with these other films [like Aquaman, The Flash, and more], but yes, the uniqueness of having the first woman superhero [lead] is - that's just it. It's been 75 years and now it's happening," Roven said. They won't be shying away from the fact that she's a woman, and in a world where things aren't very easy for that gender.
"With Wonder Woman, this is really interesting to take a character and explore what that must be like for somebody to have that first unique experience of seeing a man for the first time, or going to a world where no one is challenging your right to be there, yet when you go to England in 1918, the women have just gotten the vote because they challenged, and they're still not necessarily invited into clubs or rooms of power. They're actually excused from that, so it's an interesting look at what life must have been. Then you've got some interesting humor and satire that you can play off of that. That is something that's relatable in many ways, simply by the fact of there's a certain point in time as you're growing up when you're invited into the room, or you're invited to the table, or you're no longer at the kids table and you're at the adults table. You know what I'm saying? That kind of thing is relatable to everybody's life in some way," the producer revealed.
Once Wonder Woman opens the door, hopefully it will be the catalyst for more. Marvel Studios is in pre-production for a Captain Marvel solo film, but doesn't yet have a director. No other solo female superhero films are currently on the books from the "big two" or even based on any other known American comic book characters.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is in post-production now for a June 2, 2017 release.
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, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, 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.
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