As the DCEU is slowly coming together, the upcoming release of #WonderWoman is raising expectations on plenty of fronts: First female superhero solo film for #DC, first live-action movie for the character on the big screen, and only the fourth installment of the DCEU after Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Even in the polarizing #BatmanVSuperman, #GalGadot's #DianaPrince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, was pretty much universally praised, so we can't wait to see her kick ass in her own movie before the #JusticeLeague comes together. If you too are a Wonder Woman fan, here's where you can get all the latest news and crazy theories about the movie ahead of its release.
'Wonder Woman' Movie News & Rumors
– Mattel releases a gorgeous line of Wonder Woman toys:
Entertainment Weekly provided the first look at Mattel's line of toys based on the Wonder Woman movie, and they look wonderful! From Steve Trevor to Diana in various outfits, the line even features a toy sword and a kid-sized headpiece and bracelets for kids to dress up as the fierce Amazon warrior. Honestly, I kind of want a God Killer sword too.
– Could Arnold Schwarzenegger be starring in Wonder Woman?
It's a wild rumor, but eagle-eyed fans think Arnold Schwarzenegger might be up for a role in Wonder Woman — and what if he was playing Ares, and not Danny Huston? It'd certainly be an incredible twist in our speculations.
– New TV spot puts the emphasis on Diana's mission:
Only a few months left to the release of Wonder Woman! Though it's no new trailer, this TV spot centers around Diana's mission and core belief: that she's here to defend the world.
– Wonder Woman action figures give us an idea of Ares's outfit:
Though we still don't know much about the (almost) confirmed main villain of the movie, the god of War Ares, we can catch glimpses of him here and there. In this case, it's a range of action figures that includes Ares's armor.
– Wonder Woman enlists a "small, unlikely band" to help her:
Talking to Digital Spy, Ewen Bremner, who we've already seen on the war picture glimpsed in Batman v Superman, revealed a new part of the plot:
"I play a character who's enlisted by Wonder Woman to help save the world as part of a small, unlikely band. He's a shellshocked soldier who's been discharged from the war and is brought back to help on a secret mission."
It's a crucial bit of information for two reasons: Not only do we learn Wonder Woman goes out looking for help, suggesting that the threat she's facing is too big even for her, but it's clear now that this group will be fighting after World War I and not during. Who knows how long their mission will take?
– Early buzz around Wonder Woman suggests the movie is good:
There's still a few months to go until the release of Wonder Woman, but the (rumored) reviews are already coming in — and things might not be so bad after all, at least if you believe The Wrap reporter Umberto Gonzalez.
– Rumors say the Wonder Woman movie is "messy":
A DC insider reports that Wonder Woman "doesn't have narrative flow" — and it's the same person who was warning that Batman v Superman was a mess. We can only hope it's either not true or a very subjective appreciation, because the movie carries a lot of expectations.
– The villain for Wonder Woman has been confirmed:
In an interview with French film magazine Studio Ciné Live, it was confirmed that Ares was indeed the main villain of Wonder Woman. His plan to destroy humanity originates from an uncontrollable jealousy toward humans, whom his father, Zeus, created.
– Patty Jenkins details her approach to depicting World War I:
Speaking to Empire, director Patty Jenkins explained how shocked Diana would be entering the World War I conflict:
"My approach was to focus on telling the story of mechanized war and how that would look to a god visiting our world for the first time. I wanted the audience to understand the horrors that a war on this scale makes possible and how shocking that would be to someone who comes with a strong sense of honor and justice. She doesn't realize yet just how senselessly dark the world can be."
'Wonder Woman' Trailer
A fresh new trailer dropped on November 3, featuring a much clearer look at the conditions in which Diana left Themyscira and the tough battles laying ahead. We're particularly looking forward to her epic fight against Ares, the god of War, whom we can already see all tied up with the Lasso of Truth.
The first Wonder Woman trailer was released at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and while it's not revealing much in terms of story, we do get a great sense of the movie's feel — mainly, epic action scenes. Plus, after seeing Wonder Woman's bracelets in action in Batman v Superman, we also get to see how the rest of her iconic weapons work: sword, shield, and most importantly the Lasso of Truth.
'Wonder Woman' Release Date
Wonder Woman's release date is set on June 2, 2017 in the US and the UK, a few months before Justice League on November 17. A few countries such as Brazil and Russia will see the movie on June 1, but there will be no earlier release date — so no spoiler issues here!
'Wonder Woman' Plot
Set during World War I, the plot of Wonder Woman follows Diana, an Amazon princess who lives on Themyscira until the day a pilot named Steve Trevor crashes on the island. Trained for the art of war, she follows him back into the world of men who the Amazon were once meant to protect — but her goodwill is going to be put to the test.
Ares, the god of War, turns out to be her main enemy. Jealous of his father Zeus, who created the humans, Ares has sworn to destroy them, not before killing Zeus when he and the Amazons tried to stop him. Meanwhile, Steve Trevor stole a notebook from the Germans containing precious scientific formulas for a deadly chemical weapon — and that's when he was shot down above the sea.
Although she was already introduced in Batman v Superman, this is Wonder Woman's official movie entrance into the DCEU, explaining her background and why she seems so reluctant to fight alongside her fellow heroes in Batman v Superman. We also got a glimpse of her World War I days in that film, so we know it's a defining time for her.
'Wonder Woman' Cast
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: An Israeli actress and model, Gal Gadot was known in Hollywood for playing Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious.
- Chris Pine as Steve Trevor: Chris Pine recently appeared in Star Trek: Beyond and the critically acclaimed Hell or High Water.
- Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta: While Nicole Kidman was initially considered, the role eventually went to Danish actress Connie Nielsen.
- Robin Wright as General Antiope: If you know Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in Netflix House of Cards, you'll certainly agree that she'll make a great Amazon.
- Lucy Davis as Etta Candy: While a regular on The Office, Lucy Davis hadn't appeared in a film since 2011, so she's making a brilliant return with Wonder Woman!
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'Wonder Woman' Characters
- Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: One of DC's most iconic characters, Wonder Woman starts out as a princess on the Amazon island of Themyscira. In the movie version, her mother is Queen Hippolyta and she was brought to life by Zeus, essentially making her a semi-goddess. She's trained for war and possesses many powers, but her redeeming quality lies in her heart.
- Steve Trevor: An American pilot, Steve Trevor was fighting in World War I when he crashed on Themyscira and met Diana. He eventually becomes her love interest.
- Queen Hippolyta: The Queen of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta is Diana's mother and mentor.
- General Antiope: The sister of Queen Hippolyta, General Antiope is one of the Amazon leaders.
- Etta Candy: Etta Candy's is Steve Trevor's secretary, but over time she becomes one of Diana's partners and friends.
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'Wonder Woman' Spinoff
There are no direct sequels or spinoffs announced for Wonder Woman, but as a part of the DCEU, the film fits into a timeline with Batman v Superman and Justice League: While her solo movie goes back to her origins and the first time she mingled with the rest of humanity, Batman v Superman sees her disillusioned and reticent to join the battle. Then in Justice League, she agrees to join Bruce Wayne/Batman in his effort to bring together a team of heroes.
'Wonder Woman' Theories
We'll never run out of fan theories, but as for every superhero movie, the main question about Wonder Woman is the identity of the villain. The two main candidates are the general and the masked woman we spotted in the trailers.
Danny Huston's character, though still unconfirmed on the movie's IMDb page, seems to be the god of War, while the woman in the mask is assumed to be Doctor Poison. It would make sense to introduce Ares in Wonder Woman, since he's not only Diana's ultimate enemy, but also thrives in a context of war — perfect for the World War I background of the movie. Similarly, Doctor Poison's skills fit easily into the World War I context, which was one of the first major conflicts to use chemical weapons.
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Other theories are speculating about the ending of the movie, and what could possibly have pushed the once optimistic Diana to seek anonymity and avoid all conflict. The horror of World War I alone could be enough to discourage anyone, but fans suspect the battle could get personal for Diana: What if she lost her love interest, Steve? We certainly don't wish for such a heartbreaking ending, but that could very well explain her newfound bitterness.
'Wonder Woman' Comic Books
Since the Wonder Woman comics are still running, the release of new panels while we wait for the movie to come out gives us plenty to discuss. Add to that the influence of Wonder Woman's 75-year comic book history, and there'll be many parallels to draw between the written version and the cinematic one.
In recent news, Greg Rucka, the writer of the current Wonder Woman comic, has addressed Wonder Woman's sexuality and taken a new stance on the matter. Instead of arguing for more gay representation in comic books, he confirms that Wonder Woman has indeed had relationships with other women — but that in a world without men, defining her as gay is beside the point. He also expresses an overall feeling that no one should get worked up about this anymore:
"[DC] would, I think, like any business, prefer this not be an issue to anybody. But most of us human beings would also really rather this not be an issue for anybody anymore. It is what it is. This is how the Amazons live."
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Where To Watch 'Wonder Woman' Online
Since Wonder Woman isn't out in theaters yet, wondering where to watch it online is currently a little pointless — but drawing from the four months that separated the theater release of Batman v Superman from the DVD release, you can expect a Wonder Woman DVD around October 2017.