While collaborating with Grammy nominee Junkie XL (aka Tom Holkenborg) on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice soundtrack, Academy Award-winner Hans Zimmer struggled to write the Wonder Woman theme. He headed down a path he wasn't thrilled with, feeling as though he was recycling old ideas. So he began hunting for a new idea, and that is when it dawned on him to bring electric cellist Tina Guo, who quickly came up with the "brilliant" and "terrifying" sound he was after.
"One thing that has bugged me forever is that our superhero movies are so masculine and male generated. I wanted Wonder Woman to be… I wanted the music to be full of more female… but you know, I wanted a banshee wail, like you've never heard before," Zimmer explained to CinemaBlend, while promoting Batman v Superman. "So my friend Tina Guo, who's an amazing electric cellist, basically typecast her, because whenever she picks up her cello that very nice, very sweet, very polite, young woman turns into a warrior princess in one go… There is a different sound you get from the drummers when we have Sheila E. playing amongst them. It just gives you a different sound. It gives you just as much ferocity, but it's a different type, so we were looking at things like that."
So, even though we've heard the memorable motif in the Wonder Woman trailers and television spots, is it actually in the film itself? "The song is slightly more complicated, because that is the song of a very adult and evolved character," director Patty Jenkins told Empire. "I love that track, but we had to embrace it as a different thing. The story is of who Diana grows into being; you can't just come out of the gate with a song like that for a ten year old."
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 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.
The film will be released on June 2, 2017.