Wonder Woman (2017)

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Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures[5], it is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg; story provided by Heinberg, Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs. Gal Gadot stars as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. Wonder Woman is the first live action theatrical film based on the character, following her first live action theatrical appearance in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the film, American pilot Steve Trevor crashes on the island of Themyscira and tells Diana Prince about World War I, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war and becomes Wonder Woman.

Development for the film was on-going since 1996, with Jenkins signing on to direct in 2015. Principal photography began on November 21, 2015 with filming taking place in the United Kingdom, France, and Italy before wrapping up on May 19, 2016. Additional filming also took place in November 2016. Wonder Woman is the first summer tent pole superhero film directed by a woman, and Jenkins is the first woman to direct a superhero film with a female protagonist.[6]

Wonder Woman premiered in Shanghai on May 15, 2017 and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 2, 2017 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D. It received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Gadot's performance.

Before she was Wonder Woman she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained warrior. When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, she leaves home to fight a war to end all wars, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

Cast

Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman: The immortal, 5000 year old Amazon princess, daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and the half-sister of Ares.[8] Gadot described her character as having "many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence".[9] As to how her character will be different from her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gadot said "We go back 100 years to when she's more naive", further explaining, "She's this young idealist. She's pure. Very different to the experienced, super-confident, grown-up woman you've seen".[10] Gadot underwent a diet and training regimen, practiced different martial arts and gained 17 pounds of muscle for the role.[11][12] Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko had also auditioned for the role.[13] Gadot was previously offered a role in Man of Steel which she declined because she was pregnant at that time; this allowed her to be cast later as Wonder Woman in the film's follow-up.[14] Gadot signed a three-picture deal and debuted in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.[15] Emily Carey portrays the young Diana.[16][17]
Chris Pine as Steve Trevor: A captain from the United States Army Air Service who is the love interest of Diana Prince.[18][19] Pine described his character as a "rogue-ish, cynical realist who's seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization" and added he is a "worldly guy, a charming guy".[20] Pine signed a multi-picture deal.[18]
Robin Wright as General Antiope: The sister of Hippolyta and Diana's aunt.[21]
Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff: An ambitious and iron fisted general of the German Army during World War I.[22]
David Thewlis as Ares: The treacherous son of Zeus and half-brother of Diana, based on the Greek mythological god of War who masquerades as Sir Patrick Morgan, a speaker for peace on the Imperial War Cabinet as part of his deceptive master plan of conquest and destruction.[23][24][25]
Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta: The Amazon queen of Themyscira and Diana's mother.[26] Nicole Kidman was in negotiations for the role but was forced to drop due to scheduling conflicts with Big Little Lies.[27] Previously, Nielsen had been considered for the role of Superman's mother, Lara Lor-Van, in Man of Steel.[28]
Elena Anaya as Doctor Isabel Maru / Doctor Poison: A mad scientist who is associated with General Ludendorff and specializes in chemistry such as poisons.[22]
Lucy Davis as Etta Candy: Steve Trevor's comical, loyal, and friendly secretary who befriends Diana.[29]
Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer: A secret agent who is a master of disguise, an ally of Steve Trevor.[30]
Ewen Bremner as Charlie: A heavy-drinking Scottish sharpshooter, who's already had a tour of duty and has post-traumatic stress disorder, an ally of Steve Trevor.
Eugene Brave Rock portrays Chief, an opportunist who trades with both sides of the war and knows how to get people across the front lines.[31]

In addition, Lisa Loven Kongsli portrays Menalippe, Antiope's lieutenant.[21] Mayling Ng, Florence Kasumba, Madeleine Vall Beijner, and boxer Ann Wolfe play the Amazons Orana, Senator Acantha, Egeria, and Artemis, respectively.[32][33][34][35][36] Dutch model Doutzen Kroes will portray the Amazon Venelia.[35] Samantha Jo, who played Car-Vex in Man of Steel, was cast as Euboea.
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