We're currently in an age where classic science fiction is being dwarfed or replaced by superhero films, which can incorporate similar brands of pseudo-science alongside fantastical beings straight out of the comic books.
Although I feel uncomfortable about the decline of traditional science fiction films, as an avid comic book fan I'm excited about the rise of superhero movies and television shows in popular culture.
It's well known that Marvel has a 10 year plan to construct a world around The Avengers alongside television shows such as Daredevil and Agent Carter. Whereas DC's The Flash and Arrow have a huge following --- that, and with their preparation for a Justice League movie, it's an exciting time for superhero fans.
In preparation for their debut of the Justice League movie in 2017, DC is introducing a variety of superhero movies. Many of these are Batman-centered, such as Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad, however Wonder Woman is only scheduled to have a cameo from the Dark Knight, making the film primarily about Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine).
Although Chris Pine reportedly accepted the role of Steve Trevor three months ago, he has only recently spoken publicly about the movie.
The brief interview with Pine appeared in French magazine Premiere.Fr, so the quote from Pine has been translated by Batman-news.com.
“I do not really know what I’m allowed to tell you. I’m super excited, of course, Gal Gadot is super talented, Patty Jenkins will direct, and we will shoot in film."
I'm sure the twice-translated piece is only a rough approximation of what Pine really said, however the exact words are unnecessary when the emotion behind his words is so clear. Chris Pine is damned excited!
It's apparent that Pine is being extremely careful to avoid revealing any information beyond the basics. The fact that he's staring alongside Gal Gadot under the directorial supervision of Patty Jenkins isn't new information.
Neither is the fact that they will be shooting in film, rather than digital, however these facts combined paint an interesting picture of what we should expect from Wonder Woman.
Pine went on to say:
"What excites me most is to work in a movie with a superhero woman. With a woman in the lead role. I am teamed with this intelligent, beautiful and strong woman to defeat the villains and save humanity.”
Pine's views surrounding his role in Wonder Woman are to be expected -- he's happy to be working alongside Gal Gadot in a movie he thinks will do well.
But moreover, Pine seems to genuinely appreciate the fact that Wonder Woman will be a superhero movie starring a strong, confident, powerful and intelligent woman. Something which we still unfortunately lack in a world teeming with superhero franchises on television and the silver screen.
Wonder Woman's Steve Trevor
In the comic books, Steve Trevor was a pilot for the U.S. Air Force, with the superhero standard of dead parents pushing him on to achieve his goals.
After crash-landing on the island of Themyscira -- the home of the Amazons, Trevor met Princess Diana, who would eventually leave with Trevor and become known as Wonder Woman. Throughout the Wonder Woman comic books, Trevor would serve as her love interest, side-kick, and a damsel in distress type figure.
Although I can't imagine Chris Pine as a damsel, his openness to working with a dominant female lead should work well in his portrayal of Trevor.
Let's hope iconic actor Chris Pine successfully brings Steve Trevor's character to life. If Wonder Woman is a success after its release in 2017, then I'm sure we can expect many more powerful female superheroes imbedded into our popular culture.
Good luck to Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in their new adventure!