After many years of speculation and several failed projects, finally the first big screen adaptation of the iconic DC superhero Wonder Woman is already in production.
This past weekend actress Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) shared the first official pic from the upcoming movie, on her Instagram account saying:
“Almost 75 years in the making… #WonderWoman is underway,”
It was announced this past summer that actor Chris Pine (Star Trek) is confirmed to play Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor.
On this past Saturday, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Robin Wright (Forrest Gump, The Princess Bride), Danny Huston (American Horror Story), David Thewlis (Harry Potter series), Ewen Bremner (Black Hawk Down), Saïd Taghmaoui (Three Kings), Elena Anaya (The Skin I Live In), and Lucy Davis (Shaun of the Dead) have all signed on to star in Wonder Woman, too.
So far their roles are still kept under wraps. Just last week, we saw photos of “Wonder Woman” actors Pine and Taghmaoui dressed in 1940s-period costumes, as well as their actor chairs. Both photos were “accidentally” posted and then quickly removed from Taghmaoui’s Instagram account.
Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston. Principal photography will take place on location in the UK, France, and Italy and this will mark the female superhero first live action theatrical film appearance.
Some reactions to the Wonder Woman pic have been surprising. USA Today along with a few other sources believe Gadot’s Wonder Woman pic looks similar to Natalie Portman’s Queen Amidala from the Star Wars prequels.
But before her film debut Gal Gadot will first appear as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, alongside Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as the Flash, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.
The Warner Bros plan is to set in motion the Justice League movie franchise in order to compete with the popular Marvel´s Avengers series.
Throughout the years several Wonder Woman projects have tried and failed to go forward, with most of the attempts being made to produce a television series about the character.
In 2011, NBC released a pilot for a television series starring Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman. But ultimately the pilot was not taken up for a regular series.
There were also plans for a George Miller’s Justice League movie that was in the end cancelled by Warner Bros way into initial production.
Megan Gale (Mad Max: Fury Road) was cast as Wonder Woman and there are even production pictures of the film all over the internet of the actress wearing the iconic superhero costume.
The cast for that failed Justice League movie included Adam Brody as Barry Allen/The Flash, D.J. Cotrona as Superman, Common as John Stewart/Green Lantern, Armie Hammer as Batman, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman, Hugh Keays as The Martian Manhunter and Jay Baruchel as the film’s villain Maxwell Lord.
Only time will tell if the Wonder Woman movie will join other great superhero films and hopefully avoid all of the female superhero flops movies like Elektra or Catwoman.