Wonder Woman production designer Aline Bonetto and director, Patty Jenkins, share new concept art and details about the film's design.
Being the first Wonder Woman live-action film, it allowed the production team a lot of freedom to create Themyscira, the paradisiacal island of the Amazons and Diana's breathtaking home, however they liked. The goal was to make this fantastical world, which is neither primitive nor futurisitic, feel as though it could really exist. And although Themyscira is rooted in Greek mythology, Jenkins wanted to avoid Greco-Roman architecture because it's too masculine and no longer feels as exotic as it once did.
To add a feminine touch to the island, Bonetto looked to the gushing waterfalls of the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as inspiration. "We decided to make a mix of landscapes," Bonetto explained to EW, "to build, in a way, our paradise island." She added, "We really wanted to have water everywhere. The water in Themyscira was really feminine, a kind of energy that's across this island."
Check out more Wonder Woman concept art in our slideshow below!
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.
After Steve Trevor crash-lands on Themyscira and is captured, the Amazons take him to the Throne Room, which features a spiral throne built into a rock cavity. "The spiral, it's a really primitive element," Bonetto explained. "It's a shape that you can find a lot in nature, in perfect things: in ferns when they grow and in the Nautilus shell." She adds, "On the stairs, I have introduced a really dedicated golden pattern that looks a little bit art deco."prevnext
Battle On The Beach
One of the requirements for finding a real-world version of Themyscira was that it had a large enough beachfront to accomodate large battle sequence between Amazons and the Germans. "We looked around the world to find the right beach to be able to shoot this kind of thing," Bonetto said. "We needed a big beach, and we wanted a big rock thing. But of course, when you have that in nature, it means a lot of tide. Half of the day you have no beach."prevnext
Contrasting the majestic blue skies, crystal clear water, and lush vegetation of Themyscira, Diana's first look at the world man has created comes when she sees the grey skies and polluted water of industrial London. "She has left her island and suddenly arrived in London. She finds, of course, it's a big contrast," Bonetto said. "She knew only natural landscapes... You can imagine the fog, the really gray sky, the rain. Everything is a big shock!"prevnext
Diana and Steve will meet with allies at a London tavern. "We are coming to England in the first World War," Bonetto explained. "It's a pub. There is a really important meeting between the protagonists. And suddenly Diana is discovering another kind of world, with another palette of color."prevnext
An Evening At The Village
A set inspired by WWI photos of a besieged Belgian landscape. "This is a village in Belgium, in a really bad time of the war," Bonetto said. She adds, "This is a magical moment, a really magical point in a really terrible period."prevnext
Doctor Poison Labratory
"I like working with a palette of color that is monochromatic," Bonetto explained the look of Doctor Poison's labratory. "This set is quite dark, but also, as you can see in this picture, the costume of the scientist is quite green. It was important she would be the strongest point of color in this set. She's working day and night, trying to find a terrible thing. You have to give the feeling that every tool, every bottle, is something on the way to create something more dangerous. You can only go further and further. They had to push me out of this set."prevnext
With every able bodied man fighting, you'll see women hard at work in a bomb factory. "There is something a little bit surrealist. The smoke is a little bit orange. Seeing all these gas masks, you understand how terrible it is for the people working there." She adds, "The amazing thing is to think that, for the women to get their freedom, in a way, we need to wait for some war. That's so crazy!"prevnext
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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.
The film will be released on June 2, 2017.prev