It is the first female dominant superhero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005).
This film has 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 he dropped out on March 13, 2015 due to creative differences.
This film's depiction of Wonder Woman is a demigoddess, the daughter of Zeus. It is based on her origin in the "New 52" DC Comics (2011).
Just like her co-stars Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot will be the third DC character to appear in two films of the same year, Wonder Woman (2017) and Justice League (2017).
Contrary to early reports, Gal Gadot was not chosen for the role of Wonder Woman due to her Mediterranean heritage. She was born in Israel and is of Polish descent; she is not Greek.
Patty Jenkins is the first woman to direct a superhero film with a female protagonist.
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.
Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Mischa Barton, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Jessica Biel, Eva Green, Christina Hendricks and Kristen Stewart were considered to play the lead role throughout the years.
This is the second comic book film to have a female director, after Punisher: War Zone (2008).
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.
In 2005, Angelina Jolie was offered the chance to play the lead role, but she declined. In 2015, she was considered to direct it.
Both Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen were up for roles in Man of Steel (2013), with Gadot as Faora and Nielsen as Lara.
A role was offered to Cate Blanchett, but she turned it down. She would take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
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."
There were several campaigns and arrangements for Lynda Carter to have a cameo appearance in this film, but they were unable to manage it due to her schedule of singing for cabarets. She acted in the title role for the 1970s television series.
Nicolas Winding Refn was interested in directing the film and insisted on Christina Hendricks for Wonder Woman.
Scott Eastwood, who appeared in Suicide Squad (2016), was rumored for the role of Steve Trevor in this film.
The role of Queen Hippolyta was offered to Nicole Kidman but she passed on the role.
This is the first feature where Wonder Woman does not wear earrings. Wonder Woman wore red circle earrings throughout Wonder Woman (1975) and in Super Friends (1973), and she had on white star earrings on Justice League (2001).
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)).
It is the first live action depictions of Wonder Woman's two enemies, Ares and Doctor Poison. They never made any appearances in the 1970s television series.
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.
This film is the first live action appearance of a Young Diana because the 1975 television pilot did not feature her childhood. It only depicted her as an adult.
Diana goes under the guise of Steve Trevor's secretary. 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 Steve Trevor during World War II, but the film is set during World War I.
In the comics, Batman has called Wonder Woman, "the best melee fighter in the world."
This film marks Etta Candy's first live action appearance in forty years. After the final first season episode "Wonder Woman in Hollywood", Etta was never seen again throughout the second and third seasons of the television series.
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).
It is Danny Huston's third comic book film after 30 Days of Night (2007) and X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Emily Carey the actress who portrays Young Diana has the same Birthday as Gal Gadot. They were both born on April 30.
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).
The music is composed by Rupert-Gregson Williams who has recently scored for The Legend of Tarzan (2016) and Hacksaw Ridge (2016).
Lyle Waggoner who performed as Steve Trevor in the 1970s television series does not make a cameo appearance in this film because he retired from his acting career in 2005.
Chris Pine's look was inspired for Steve Trevor in the Smallville Season 11 comic books.
Patty Jenkins was originally in talks with WB to direct Wonder Woman back in 2005, but due to her unexpected pregnancy, she had to step down. Jenkins claimed that Wonder Woman is the film she's been wanting to do her whole life.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was rumored to be Ares, but reports denied it. He previously performed as Mister Freeze in Batman & Robin (1997), another DC Comics property.
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