Gal Gadot was a part of re-shoots for the movie (including stunts) while being five months pregnant. She was visibly pregnant so the crew created a costume which had a green screen around her belly, which was later removed during post-production.
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.
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."
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.
General Erich Ludendorff was a real person and he was ruthless, although not necessarily more so than any other high commander in any WWI nation. 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, but grew to dislike Hitler long before the Nazis actually took power.
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".
In Greco-Roman mythology, the Amazons of Themyscira and the Greek hero Heracles share a rivalry, since Heracles seduced Queen Hippolyta and stole her enchanted belt. This carried over into both DC and Marvel comics. In the DC Comics, Hercules (who is the Roman version of the Greek Heracles) is a misogynistic and villainous character who was punished by the Amazons for defiling them; he later became an anti-hero who sought redemption for his actions. In the Marvel comics, it was the reverse. Hercules was a superhero (and Thor's best friend) and Hippolyta and the Amazons were villains. Hippolyta's daughter was called Artume, and she was a parallel to Wonder Woman.
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."
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.
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.
This is the first female-dominant superhero film in twelve years since Elektra (2005).
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).
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.
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."
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).
Director Patty Jenkins is a big fan of the 1970s television series and wanted Lynda Carter and Lyle Waggoner, who played Diana and Steve in that series, to make cameo appearances in this film. Unfortunately, Lyle retired from acting in 2005 and while Lynda was still active, she had conflicting schedules about her cabarets.
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.
This film is part of a set up for Justice League (2017), is the start of a planned trilogy for Wonder Woman, and is the fourth film in the shared DC Extended Universe.
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.
Steve Trevor sarcastically refers to Diana's island home of Themyscira as "Paradise Island." This was the original name for the island in the 1940s comics and the 1970s live action television series. In the 1980s, the island received a formal Greek name, Themyscira, in George Perez' stories featuring an updated and revamped Wonder Woman.
This is the first female-directed live-action film to have a $100 million+ budget. The film's estimated budget was $150 million.
Patty Jenkins cites the work of "Wonder Woman" creator William Moulton Marston (the early stories where Wonder Woman saved Steve from Germans) and George Pérez (Greek gods influencing the world) as an influence on the film.
In the modern era, Diana is wearing a red turtleneck and ponytail. This is much similar to Diana's civilian attire in the second and third seasons of the 1970s television series.
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, in a poll of 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.
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)
Diana in this film is always wearing her Amazonian clothing whenever she is wearing other dresses over it. There are no transformation scenes in this production.
This is the first film in Gal Gadot's acting career in which she received top billing.
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.
A role was offered to Cate Blanchett, but she turned it down. She would take the role of Hela in Thor: Ragnarok (2017).
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 Moulton Marston, George Perez, Jim Lee and Cliff Chiang, and Lynda Carter
With an opening gross of over $103.3 million from 4,165 theaters, 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.
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.
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.
The first DCEU movie with 90+% Rating on Rotten Tomatoes (equivalent to critical acclaim)
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.
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.
In 2005, Angelina Jolie was offered the chance to play the lead role, but she declined. In 2015, she was considered to direct it.
This is the first feature in which Wonder Woman does not wear earrings. She wore red circle earrings throughout the 1970s live action television series and in Hanna-Barbera's long-running animated series Super Friends (1973), but wore white star earrings in Cartoon Network's television series 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.
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.
Both Gal Gadot and Connie Nielsen were up for roles in Man of Steel (2013), with Gadot as Faora and Nielsen as Lara.
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. This is an allusion to Diana wearing glasses in her civilian guise throughout the first season of Wonder Woman (1975), similar to Superman's Clark Kent.
In modern times, Diana works at the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. In the comics, she briefly served at the Gateway Museum in California.
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.
Eva Green was considered for the role of Wonder Woman, and later for the role of Doctor Poison.
Steve flies a short-range aeroplane from Turkey to Themyscira, suggesting that the island is in the eastern Mediterranean. In most comic books, Themyscira is somewhere in the Atlantic.
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.
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.
Just like her co-stars Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot is the third DC character to appear in two films 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.
Diana talks about Clio's treatises. In Greek mythology, Cleo is the goddess of writing. But Clio is the Muse of history.
This film is the first live action appearance of Diana's childhood. All previous live action versions only showed her as an adult.
This is the third comic book film to have a female director, after Tank Girl (1995) and Punisher: War Zone (2008).
Contrary to public opinion and urban legends, Wonder Woman was not actually the first female superhero. The first known female superhero is writer-artist Fletcher Hanks's minor character Fantomah, an ageless, ancient Egyptian woman in the modern day who could transform into a skull-faced creature with superpowers to fight evil; she debuted in Fiction House's Jungle Comics #2 (Feb. 1940). This character was a minor character and basically a one-off though. She disappeared soon after her debut, never to be heard from again. She did not have the same sensational public response that Wonder Woman did. Wonder Woman was introduced in All Star Comics #8 (December 1941), during the era known to comics historians as the "Golden Age of Comic Books". Following this debut, which got a huge response from the public, she was featured in Sensation Comics #1 (January 1942), and six months later appeared in her own comic book series (Summer 1942). This is why we remember Wonder Woman and not Fantomah.
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.
During development, Zack Snyder wanted a story set at the Crimean War, while original director Michelle MacLaren wanted it at World War I.
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.
The character of Etta Candy, Diana's best friend and hero partner, was part of the original Wonder Woman comics created by William Moulton Marston and H. G. Peter. She remained unused by DC Comics for decades before being reintroduced by Gail Simone as an important "Wonder Woman" character in 2006. In this film, she resembles her earliest, original version in appearance, while the character is currently depicted as an African-American woman in the comics.
This film marks Etta Candy's third feature appearance, after appearing in Wonder Woman (1975) (first season) and Wonder Woman (2009).
This was the sixteenth superhero film to earn $100 million in its domestic box-office opening weekend.
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 license plate of the Wayne Enterprises armored van begins with the letters "JL," a possible reference to the Justice League.
The movie screening in Tunisia was temporarily banned because Gal Gadot is Israeli and a former soldier in the Israeli Army.
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.
Dr Poison (AKA Dr Isabel Maru) is a villain from the classic Wonder Woman Comics Rogue Gallery. In her first strip this character was appearing in disguise as a man, and only revealed herself to be a female in the last frame of the comic.
Director Patty Jenkins shares a birthday with original Wonder Woman actress Lynda Carter: July 24.
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.
Languages spoken are English, and in few scenes German, Dutch (Flemish, spoken in Flanders, Belgium), French, (modern) Greek, Chinese (Cantonese/Mandarin). Scenes in the town of Veld where Flemish & French are both spoken, signs are also bilingual.
The first DC film since Green Lantern (2011) that does not feature Batman or Superman.
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).
Colonel Darnell who appears in this film is entirely based on a character from the comics. In this film, he is the only character to address Diana as "Miss Prince".
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.
Charlize Theron was approached by Patty Jenkins to appear in the film but she had to turn it down.
On the Blu-Ray version, there are a bunch of bonus features, including one 20 minutes segment where they show the various women training for months for the Amazon battle scenes at the beginning of the film - one is a professional boxer with several titles under her belt, another is an Olympic athlete, there are several pro martial artists, and another is Doutzen Kroes, a Dutch supermodel who has been featured in Victoria's Secret - you can see her in the hall when Diana is insisting that somebody should accompany Trevor back to the war.
This is 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 costume on this version of the character is an amalgam of Wonder Woman and Xena Warrior Princess.
In the comics, the character of Mercy Graves, portrayed by Tao Okamoto in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) was introduced as an Amazon.
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).
Danny Huston plays a villainous WWI general who supports the use of disfiguring mustard gas that often resulted in WWI veterans needing painted tin facial prosthetics to cover their injuries upon returning from the war. Danny Huston's nephew, Jack Huston, portrayed a disfigured WWI veteran with a tin facial prosthetic in Boardwalk Empire (2010).
It is the first live action portrayal of Wonder Woman that only applies to teenagers and adults due to receiving a PG-13 rating.
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.
The first known female superhero is writer-artist Fletcher Hanks's minor character Fantomah, an ageless, ancient Egyptian woman in the modern day who could transform into a skull-faced creature with superpowers to fight evil; she debuted in Fiction House's Jungle Comics #2 (Feb. 1940), credited to the pseudonymous " ..
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).
Lynda Carter (the television Wonder Woman (1975) of the 1970s) and Gal Gadot were both in pageants. Carter was in Miss World and Gal Gadot was in Miss Universe.
David Thewlis is one of several actors from the Harry Potter (or "Wizarding World") films to appear in a DC Comics film. Ezra Miller (The Flash) appeared in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth) played Severus Snape in a parody sketch, Ralph Fiennes (Alfred in The Lego Batman Movie (2017)) played Lord Voldemort, Jason Isaacs (Ra's Al Ghul in Batman: Under the Red Hood (2010)) played Lucius Malfoy, and Gary Oldman (Commissioner Gordon in the Dark Knight Trilogy) played Sirius Black. In addition, the character Lord Voldemort actually appeared in The LEGO Batman Movie, voiced by Eddie Izzard who played a character modeled on Lex Luthor in the spoof My Super Ex-Girlfriend (2006).
The film, about a superheroine inspired by Greco-Roman mythology, is produced by Atlas Entertainment. In Greek mythology, Atlas was the name of a giant who carried the sky on his back.
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.
In Justice League of America (vol. 2) #13, Batman calls Wonder Woman "the best melee fighter in the world."
The cast list states that one of the Amazons is named Menalippe, who in the DC Comics (at least after the Flashpoint event) is also Queen Hippolyta's sister, but is not a warrior but is a powerful Oracle. Hippolyta also had another sister, Myriana, who was the chief Amazon assassin and had a relationship with Darkseid, the warlord-king of the hell-world known as Apokolips, which resulted in her bearing Darkseid's daughter who is named Grail. Grail and Myriana were prominently featured in the last major DC Comics event under the New 52 imprint, known as The Darkseid War which was written by Geoff Johns. The Darkseid War also mentioned the character of Jason, who is Diana's little brother.
Antiope who appears in this film was not an original character from the "Wonder Woman" comics. She was introduced to the DC comic book series five years after CBS canceled the live action television series due to its low ratings and lack of new cast members.
Artemis wields an axe in her battle with the Germans. In the DC comics, Artemis wielded an axe when she served with the Outlaw superhero group.
Ann Wolfe, regarded the best fighter in women's boxing, was cast as Artemis in the film because according to Patty Jenkins, "Who else should be one of the greatest warrior Amazons, but the best female boxer?"
This is Ewen Bremner's second time appearing in a film with actors who portray a current DC character. He was in Pearl Harbor (2001) with Ben Affleck and Michael Shannon who play Bruce Wayne/Batman and General Zod.
Reading through the credits, Steve Rogers is a 'Standby Carpenter'. That's the civilian name of Captain America from Marvel Comics. Captain America was originally active (according to the comics) in World War II and in the original comics, Wonder Woman was active in World War II.
The second time Danny Huston plays the antagonist in a superhero movie, after X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009). Both films were a prequel to a previously-released film that featured multiple superheroes: The latter is a prequel to X-Men (2000) and its sequels, while this film is a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016).