At long last filming is officially “underway” on Warner Bros/DC Comics’ featurization of their classic super-character Wonder Woman. Lead actress Gal Gadot Tweeted and Instagrammed the news and a photo during the wee hours overnight. As Gadot perhaps unconsciously suggested in her message “Almost 75 years in the making …,” Wonder Woman has not had an easy path from comic book to big screen. And just as things were finally, really and truly moving forward, Michelle MacLaren abruptly exited the production in mid-April, with the typical “creative differences” cited as the reason. But very quickly, WB/DC placed Patty Jenkins (Monster) in the director’s chair, keeping the project on track (and a lid on any grumbling about sexism).
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya and Lucy Davis. Gadot will make her first appearance as the character in next year’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which opens March 25, 2016. Wonder Woman is currently slated to hit theaters June 23, 2017.
Filming will take place in the UK, France and Italy with cinematographer Matthew Jensen behind the camera. His resume includes Chronicle, Fantastic Four and HBO’s Game of Thrones. Also aboard are Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (Amélie, A Very Long Engagement, Pan), Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (Chicago, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, V for Vendetta), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight trilogy, Topsy-Turvy).