Wonder Woman has existed for 75 years in comics and on television, but in 2017 the iconic female character will appear in her first cinematic adventure. Directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) Wonder Woman will be the first solo film for the character, but her second appearance in the DC Extended Universe after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen is a massive responsibility. This will be the first major female-led superhero movie so it’s important for the director and for DC Comics to really represent the character accurately. TIME Magazine recently conducted an in-depth article on Wonder Woman in which Patty Jenkins explained her approach to the character and how she’s creating a Wonder Woman movie that addresses equality:
“We’ve spent years treating male heroes in certain ways. I just applied those same tropes to her, and all these incredible radical moments suddenly appear to an audience.”
Gal Gadot also discussed how the character is being represented, saying that they’re making Wonder Woman a film and a character that isn’t simply powerful but also caring and warm:
“We knew it was tricky. We wanted to find the balance between portraying her as confident and strong and feminine and warm. I didn’t want her to be a ball buster. I didn’t want her to be bossy. You can be powerful and also loving.”
Gadot then went on discuss what being a feminist means to her and how she hopes to portray Wonder Woman in a way that will have an impact on society and young boys and girls growing up:
“I think people take it the wrong way when I say I’m a feminist. Feminism is not about burning bras and hating men. It’s about gender equality. Whoever is not a feminist is a chauvinist… We need to educate boys, show boys strong women in powerful positions. It’s all about expanding the possibilities of what women can be. I know I couldn’t do this without my husband.”
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.