Gal Gadot was a part of re-shoots for the movie (including stunts) while being five months pregnant. Her baby bump was visible, so the crew created a costume which had a green screen around her belly, which was later removed during post-production.
Director Patty Jenkins was originally in talks with Warner Bros. to direct this film back in 2005, but due to her unexpected pregnancy, she had to step down. Jenkins claimed that Wonder Woman (2017) is the film she has been wanting to do her whole life and that she was fortunate to come back to it.
The scenes of Themyscira were shot in Southern Italy, on the Amalfi Coast. Production designer Aline Bonetto said the location was perfect: "Italy had beautiful weather, a beautiful blue-green sea, not too much tide, not too much wave."
Steve's timepiece is a pocket watch, adapted with a leather case to be worn on the wrist. Pocket watches were the norm at the time (they were usually worn on a chain), but they proved to be impractical in front line action. Because timing was critical for coordinating large-scale action (such as the use of infantry maneuvers in conjunction with artillery barrages), soldiers began wearing timepieces on their wrists. This fashion spread to civilians after the war and adapted pocket watches into wristwatches, which became as the preferred fashion of timepieces in the 20th century.
In the comics, Steve Trevor and Diana met in the Second World War (1939-45). However, in the film, they meet in the First World War (1914-18). The change in World Wars was made because the filmmakers thought that era was more suitable: "World War I was the first time that civilization as we know it was finding its roots, but it's not something that we really know the history of. In this world, there are questions about women's rights, about a mechanized war where you don't see who you are killing. It's such an interesting time."
Diana's scenes in London are a homage to Superman (1978), where Superman encounters urban life for the first time: the protagonist gets a disguise of a formal bespectacled attire, stops a mugging attack and has some trouble with a revolving door.
In the comics, Wonder Woman got the alias Diana Prince during World War II from a U.S. Army nurse who was very similar in appearance to her and from whom she bought her credentials and name. In this movie, while she is posing as Steve Trevor's secretary, he interrupts her introduction of "I am Diana, Princess of..." and re-christens her as "Prince. Diana Prince".
In this film, Wonder Woman's tiara is an heirloom from Antiope. In both the comics and television series, it can be used as a weapon.
This film features Diana Prince, the original Wonder Woman, and Artemis and Orana, who briefly held the title of Wonder Woman in the comics. The actresses who played them, Gal Gadot, Ann Wolfe and Mayling Ng, were all trained in martial arts.
Every design decision made for Themyscira came down to director Patty Jenkins and designer Lindy Hemming asking, "How would women want to live that's badass?" Hemming crafted a look to show off the Amazons' ripped shoulders and toned legs, emphasized by wrist braces and heeled sandals, because, Jenkins explained, "As a woman, I want Wonder Woman to fight and look great at the same time. In my opinion, this means she has really long legs."
This film is banned in Lebanon because its star, Gal Gadot, is an Israeli citizen and Lebanon is officially at war with Israel. Like the authorities in Tunisia and Qatar who banned the film, the official "explanation" for it being banned in Lebanon was that Gadot had expressed positive views of her country (and the IDF) along with negative views of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas, implying that if Gadot was an anti-Zionist they would not have banned the movie at all.
General Ludendorff was a real person and he was as ruthless as his movie counterpart. As supreme commander of the German forces, he authorized the use of mustard gas, a corrosive agent that could quite literally melt tissue, and that depending on the exposure would inflict temporary or permanent blindness, lasting damage to lungs and an extremely painful death. With the armistice, Ludendorff later supported Adolf Hitler's failed coup and the Nazi regime.
This is the first female-dominant superhero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005).
Director Patty Jenkins is a big fan of Wonder Woman (1975) and wanted Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner, who played Diana and Steve in that show, to make cameo appearances in the film. However, Lyle retired from acting in 2005 and while Lynda was still active, but she had conflicting schedules about her cabarets.
Steve Trevor sarcastically refers to Diana's island home of Themyscira as "Paradise Island." However, this is a nod to the original name for Wonder Woman's homeland (the island of Amazons) in the comics. In the 1980s, the name of the Amazon Island was changed to Themyscira when comic book writers (George Perez specifically) updated and revamped the character. It has been referred to as Themyscira in all Wonder Woman media since then. Steve Trevor's sarcastic remark was actually written in to nod to fans who would remember the old name (which was used in the television show, as well as comics pre-dating the 80s).
The scene where Diana eats ice cream for the first time and praises the vendor is an event from the "New 52" DC Comics (2011).
In the modern era, Diana is wearing a red turtleneck and ponytail. This is much like Diana's civilian attire in the second and third seasons of Wonder Woman (1975).
The role of Queen Hippolyta was offered to Nicole Kidman but she passed on the role. She wanted to be part of the film because of Patty Jenkins, but scheduling conflicts with Big Little Lies (2017) prevented this. Kidman would later star in Aquaman (2018) as Queen Atlanna, mother of Aquaman/Arthur Curry (who is Wonder Woman's ally).
The big fight on the beach was shot over a period of two weeks, involving two film units and six cameras. The shots in the scene were digital composites of two separate locations: one that had white cliffs in the background, and one with a beach big enough to accommodate the action. Director of photography Matthew Jensen said that, apart from shooting such a complex visual set-up with so many cameras, actors and stunt people, the biggest challenge was to keep the lighting consistent over two weeks of changing weather conditions.
This film had been in development since 1996, when Ivan Reitman was hired to write and direct it. In January 2001, Silver Pictures approached Todd Alcott to write a Wonder Woman script. He was replaced in August 2003 with Laeta Kalogridis. Later in March 2005, Joss Whedon was hired to not only write but also direct the film, but in February 2007, he left due to creative differences. On November 24, 2014, Michelle MacLaren was confirmed as director, but she dropped out on March 13, 2015 due to creative differences.
After its domestic opening weekend, this film immediately became the highest grossing film about World War I (The Great War), and the first to gross over $100 million.
Ticket selling site Fandango reported that Wonder Woman (2017) rounded the final leg of its marketing campaign as the most anticipated blockbuster of the summer of 2017, according to a poll conducted by 10,000 voters, the biggest survey in company history. Separately, Fandango also found that 92% of people surveyed said that they were looking forward to see a film that features a stand-alone female superhero, and 87% wished Hollywood would make more female-led superhero films.
This is the first female-directed live-action film to have a $100 million+ budget. The film's estimated budget was $150 million.
Although it is hinted that Dr. Maru's scars were made by fire, her face disfigurement is more consistent with the effects of real mustard gas. The gas is corrosive and attacks mucous tissue such as the eyes, the mouth and nose leaving permanent scars. Her mask, as well, is based on the actual prosthetic created to conceal face injuries. Developed by the French and British after the war, they were made out of tin, painted flesh color, attached real hair if necessary and adjusted to the patient's face using glasses or straps. These were the first aesthetic prosthetics ever created to help injured soldiers regain some normality in their lives.
Some of the Amazons have flesh colored cloth over one side of their chest, almost seeming like one breast was uncovered or nonexistent (this is very apparent in the opening sequence when young Diana watches the training and Antiope walks over to talk with an Amazon so clad). This may be a reference to the fact that Amazons are often depicted in art as having one breast exposed. Ancient sources even state that Amazons cut or burned off their breast on their dominant side so that it wouldn't interfere with combat, especially with a bow. Some ancient sources suggest that this is the source of their name; a-mazos in Greek means "without breast".
The film's closing credits contains thanks to the people who made significant contributions to Wonder Woman over the years. These include "Wonder Woman" comics writers William Marston, George Perez, Jim Lee and Cliff Chiang, and Lynda Carter, the first live-action Wonder Woman.
No one addresses Diana as "Wonder Woman" throughout this entire film. In addition, Diana is always wearing her Amazonian clothing whenever she is wearing other dresses over it. There are no transformation scenes in this production.
The photo of Wonder Woman, Steve Trevor and the rest of their team in Belgium is the same picture in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). (Chris Pine was not even listed as part of that film's cast)
The DC Films intro debuts in this movie and will appear at the beginning of the next DCEU movies from now on. It features characters who have already made/will make their debut like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Cyborg, the Green Lanterns Hal Jordan and John Stewart, Lex Luthor in a Battle Armor, The Joker, Black Adam, Ocean Master and Deathstroke, along with Mera, Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Enchantress and Captain Boomerang. Other characters in the intro who can be easily spotted are Green Arrow, Supergirl, Firestorm, Black Lightning, Darkseid, Martian Manhunter, Mr. Miracle, Big Barda, Catwoman, Nightwing, Batgirl, Mr. Freeze, Shazam (and Billy Batson), Solomon Grundy, Espectre, Swamp Thing, Kilowog, Mogo, Sinestro, Jessica Cruz, Atrocitus, Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
Diana is introduced as Capt. Steve Trevor's secretary in World War I England. This is an homage to the first season of Wonder Woman (1975), where she served as a clerical officer (United States Navy Yeoman, Petty officer, first class) to U.S. Army Maj. Steve Trevor during World War II.
The god of war Ares' desire is to kill everyone. In the comics, he stopped this plan because Wonder Woman pointed out it would destroy him: no more people to make war meant no more war and no more Ares. In the film, he is a more spiteful character and envious of humanity, and he has a future beyond the destruction.
The scam that Sameer is running in the pub bears some resemblance to the notorious "Nigerian Prince" that was propagated via the Internet. He states that he is from an African country and describes his wealth in extravagant terms, thereby setting up the false offer of a share of his wealth in exchange for a small fee to help him extract it from his country. This form of scam, known as the Advance-fee scam, has existed in various forms since the 18th century.
The horse-whipping scene in the movie was shot after principal photography was completed. Director Patty Jenkins thought that the scenes where Diana approached the battlefront lacked tension, so added the scene to have Diana witness some brutality.
This is the first film in Gal Gadot's acting career in which she received top billing.
Cobie Smulders was briefly considered for the role of Wonder Woman. Smulders went on to voice the character in the The Lego Movie (2014) and also appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Agent Maria Hill.
The gala guest whose dress Diana steals is credited as Fausta Grables, who was a Swiss Nazi villain from the "Wonder Woman" comics. Her only appearance in the television series was in its first season episode "Fausta, the Nazi Wonder Woman".
With an opening of $103 million, this film marked the highest U.S. opening for a female director. Previously, this record was held by Fifty Shades of Grey (2015) director Sam Taylor-Johnson.
A role was offered to Cate Blanchett, but she turned it down. She would take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
Director Patty Jenkins put in a lot of effort in finding a scene to put the 1970s television theme song in this film, but was unable to find a scene where it could fit. That means the memorable television theme song is entirely absent from the film itself unlike "Go Go Power Rangers" in Power Rangers (2017).
In modern times, Diana works at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. In the comics, she briefly served at the Gateway Museum.
Liam Hemsworth and Alexander Skarsgård were considered for the role of Steve Trevor. Liam Hemsworth's brother, Chris Hemsworth, and Alexander Skarsgård's father, Stellan Skarsgård, are part of Marvel's "Thor" films.
Both Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen were up for roles in Man of Steel (2013), with Gadot as Faora and Nielsen as Lara.
The filmmakers cite the superhero films Superman (1978) and Batman Begins (2005), the Indiana Jones retro adventure films, the wartime film Casablanca (1942) and the Disney adventure film The Little Mermaid (1989) as an influence.
Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Biel, Eva Green, Christina Hendricks, Kristen Stewart, Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung were considered to play the role of Wonder Woman throughout the years.
Patty Jenkins admitted that she didn't really think Gal Gadot would suit Wonder Woman at first, but that after paying attention to her she thought she was perfect for the role.
In 2005, Angelina Jolie was offered the chance to play the lead role, but she declined. In 2015, she was considered to direct it.
Wonder Woman is the first film in the DC Extended Universe to receive worldwide critical acclaim.
Wonder Woman/Diana is of Scythian nationality in the comics. Gal Gadot, who plays her, was born in Israel and is of Jewish European descent.
This is the first feature in which Wonder Woman does not wear earrings. Wonder Woman wore red circle earrings throughout Wonder Woman (1975) and in Super Friends (1973), and she wore white star earrings in Justice League (2001). In the early comic books, the earrings were said to grant the ability to breathe in any environment, including outer space, but the idea was dropped as Wonder Woman's abilities were increased.
This film grossed $100.5 million from 4,165 theaters in its domestic box office debut, the biggest opening of all time for a female director.
Elena Anaya plays Dr Maru, a woman hidden behind plastic prosthesis. Anaya's casting is an homage to her performance in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In (2011), where she wore a face mask. Patty Jenkins is a big fan of Almodovar.
Eva Green was considered for the role of Wonder Woman, and later for the role of Doctor Poison.
In this film, Diana briefly wears glasses as a disguise, but Etta Candy points out their ineffectiveness and they are soon broken during a street fight scene. Ironically, Diana wore glasses to cover her true identity throughout the first season of the television series which was set during World War II.
There is a dedication in the closing credits to Patty Jenkins's father William T Jenkins. Jenkins was a former Air Force captain and fighter pilot, like Steve Trevor.
Just like her co-stars Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot will be the third DC character to appear in two films both released in the same year: this film and Justice League (2017).
Nicolas Winding Refn was interested in directing the film and insisted on Christina Hendricks for Wonder Woman.
When Diana rescues Steve from drowning, Steve awakens and utters, "Wow," an American English slang, used since the early part of the twentieth century. This would explain Diana first addressing him in English, though he was dressed as a German pilot.
This is the third comic book film to have a female director, after Tank Girl (1995) and Punisher: War Zone (2008).
Wonder Woman (2017) is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe, with Man of Steel (2013) being the first, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) as the second, and Suicide Squad (2016) as the third.
This film marks Etta Candy's third feature appearance, after appearing in Wonder Woman (1975) (first season) and Wonder Woman (2009).
This film is the first live action appearance of Diana's childhood. All previous live action versions only showed her as an adult.
This was the sixteenth superhero film to earn $100 million in its domestic box-office opening weekend.
The license plate of the Wayne Enterprises armored van begins with the letters "JL," a possible reference to the Justice League.
Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke, Mimi Leder, Karyn Kusama, Julie Taymor and Tricia Brock were considered to direct the film. Michelle MacLaren originally took the job but had to decline.
Director Patty Jenkins shares a birthday with original Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter: July 24.
Diana talks about Clio's treatises. In Greek mythology, Cleo is the goddess of writing. But Clio is the Muse of history.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, Texas held two special screenings of the film for women only. They took place on June 6, 2017 at 6:30 and 7 p.m.
Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns rewrote much of Allan Heinberg's script. Much to the dismay of producer Charles Roven, the two of them did not get a prompt writing credit as they were overruled by the Writer's Guild arbitration. To compound further, Zack Snyder, along with Heinberg and Jason Fuchs were given story credit although they had provided little input into the final script. Roven also added, that Heinberg could have collaborated with Jenkins and Johns but commitments to his TV series project prevented him from continuing.
The costs for television advertisements for Wonder Woman (2017) were higher in comparison to that of previous DCEU film Suicide Squad (2016). Warner Bros. has spent over $3 million on advertisements for this film, whereas they spent $2.6 million on advertisements for Suicide Squad (2016).
The movie screening in Tunisia was temporarily banned because of the leading actress Gal Gadot is Israeli and a former soldier in the Israeli army.
Ewen Bremner and James Cosmo previously worked together in Trainspotting (1996) and T2 Trainspotting (2017). In all 3 films over 20 years, they never make any direct contact.
Scott Eastwood, who appeared in Suicide Squad (2016), was rumored for the role of Steve Trevor in this film.
It is the first live action solo theatrical film of the titular Amazonian character. Warner Brothers began developing this film in 1996, but no actress officially stepped into the role until 2013.
Is the third biggest gross for a DC Comics film in Imax theaters grossing $18.3 million globally and $9 million domestically.
This will be the third comic-book movie for Danny Huston (after 30 Days of Night (2007) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)), and the second comic-book movie for Florence Kasumba (after Captain America: Civil War (2016)) and Samantha Jo (after Man of Steel (2013)).
The photograph of Steve Trevor in London after the war ends is based on a photograph of Eddie Rickenbacker who was a World War I American fighter Ace. They used the same squadron logo, the "hat in the ring" of the 94th Aero Squadron, and plane number (5), but the photographs of Rickenbacker have him leaning on the plane, not with his back to the plane.
There is no invisible plane in this production. It appeared in the comics, animated television programs (specifically Super Friends (1973) , Justice League (2001), and Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)) and the live action television series.
The top grossing film of summer 2017 in North America with a gross of over $410 million, the first time a live-action film with a female lead has led the summer box office since receipts were regularly tracked in the 1970s.
It is the first live action portrayal of Wonder Woman that applies to mature audiences due to receiving a PG-13 rating.
This is the third time Danny Huston appears in a film which features figures from Greek mythology. His previous role was that of the God Poseidon in both Clash of the Titans (2010) and Wrath of the Titans (2012).
Charlize Theron was approach by Patty Jenkins to appear in the film but she had to turn it down.
The first Wonder Woman film, Wonder Woman (1974), starred Ricardo Montalban as the villain. Montalban also played Khan on Star Trek and in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982). Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor in this film, had played Captain Kirk in Star Trek (2009), Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), and Star Trek Beyond (2016).
Colonel Darnell who appears in this film is entirely based on a character from the comics. He was renamed General Blankenship in the television series during its first season which was set in the WWII era.
In Hippolyta's story of the gods, Poseidon is seen wielding a trident. This is the same weapon Aquaman wields in the DC Universe films.
David Thewlis is one of several actors from the Harry Potter (or "Wizarding World") films to appear in a DC Comics based film. Ezra Miller appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), and plays The Flash in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Jeremy Irons played Severus Snape in a parody sketch, and plays Alfred Pennyworth in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Ralph Fiennes was the voice of Alfred in The LEGO Batman Movie (2017). Jason Isaacs voice Ra's Al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010). Gary Oldman played Commissioner Gordon in Batman Begins (2005) and its sequels.
A gear set modeled after Wonder Woman's armor in the film is featured in the fighting game Injustice 2 (2017). Coincidentally, the film also premiered in Shanghai on May 15th, 2017. One day before Injustice 2's initial release on May 16th, 2017.
Robin Wright and Danny Huston previously appeared in The Conspirator (2010) and The Congress (2013); in this film they don't share a scene.
This is Ewen Bremner's second time appearing in a film with actors who portray a current DC character. He was in Pearl Harbor with Ben Affleck and Michael Shannon who play Bruce Wayne/Batman and General Zod.