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Everything We Know About The Wonder Woman Movie

Warner Bros. and director Patty Jenkins shared a lot of information. Here's what we know we know about Wonder Woman's origin, the Amazons, and Ares.

Wonder Woman first appeared in comics in 1941. Despite appearing in over 5,000 issues, several animated series, and a live-action television show, it took 75 years for the character to appear on the big screen. This June, Wonder Woman headlines her own origin movie.

Her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us an idea how the character would be portrayed. Because of the different origins told in the comics over the years, we had no idea what to expect for her background—until now. We visited Warner Bros. editing studio in London to talk to director Patty Jenkins, and see some footage that hadn't been shown to the public.

There may be some minor spoilers below.

Photo Credit: Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics
Photo Credit: Clay Enos/ ™ & © DC Comics

Wonder Woman on Themyscira and Origin

Before watching the new footage and talking to Jenkins, we met with the Wonder Woman production liaison, Anna Obropta. Briefly joining her was senior producer Chuck Roven, Jon Berg, and president and chief creative officer Geoff Johns. Talking about Jenkins' vision, Johns stated, "This defines [Wonder Woman] like [Richard] Donner defined Superman." Those are some big words to live up to. Obropta then gave a detailed description of the Amazons' history and how the movie opens.

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The movie begins in the modern day. Wonder Woman, in her civilian guise of Diana Prince, receives a package at her job in the antiquities department at the Louvre in France. Bruce Wayne located the original photo of her during WWI seen in Batman v Superman. This triggers her memories, and she thinks back to her roots with the Amazons.

We'll first see Diana on Themyscira, the Amazons hidden island, at age 8. The way we'll get the history of the Amazons is through an animated sequence from a storybook. Zeus created mankind and Ares--the God of War--became jealous of Zeus' relationship with them. Ares poisons and corrupts man, and then he embarks on killing the other gods. Zeus created the Amazons to help restore peace. When all the gods except for Zeus were killed, Themyscira was created so the Amazons could be safe. They also were given possession of the God Killer sword, the only weapon capable of killing Ares.

Diana is determined to train in order to find and defeat Ares. She does so in secret until her mother finds out. Hippolyta was strongly opposed the idea until it was seen Diana's powers exceed that of the other Amazons.

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This is when Steve Trevor crashes onto the island. Trevor is an American fighter pilot working undercover for the British Army. He stole German plans and was being followed by a warship.

Eventually Trevor's words are taken seriously and Diana believes Ares is behind the war. Despite her mother's wishes, Diana is going to help Trevor get off the island provided he takes her to the most dangerous place in the war.

Wonder Woman Arrives In London

The second act of the movie deals with Diana and Trevor leaving the island and arriving in 1918 London. This is where some lighter aspects of he movie come out as she experiences tasting ice cream, seeing a baby, and seeing the current fashions for the first time. This adds some humanity to Wonder Woman. It makes her more accessible to the audience. She has human emotions and vulnerabilities.

The documents Trevor obtained are secret documents from General Ludendorff. Working with Dr. Maru (Doctor Poison), they're developing a deadly poison gas. Ludendorff is working outside the German Army. When Trevor talks to the war council, they refuse to help because they are working on an armistice. Trevor then recruits his buddies to complete their mission with Diana.

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Wonder Woman is convinced she'll find Ares at the front lines. If she defeats him, the war will end. Along the way she sees some of the atrocities and repercussions of the war. She is determined to help those in need.

Reaching No Man's Land, Trevor tells her it's impossible to cross with the German soldiers gathered on the other side. She doesn't hesitate to enter the deadly battlefield. She tells Trevor and the others this is why they're here. The Germans concentrate on her with all their firepower, which allows Trevor and the others to approach from a different angle. This is the first time Wonder Woman really pushes herself in combat.

Patty Jenkins' Thoughts

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Jenkins first met with Warner Bros. in 2004 to work on a Wonder Woman feature. Despite meeting with them every few years, the timing was never right. She came close again in 2008 but was unable to fit it into her schedule. She discussed being grateful to Marvel Studios when she had the opportunity to direct the first Thor film. She withdrew when she felt she wasn't the right director for it. With Wonder Woman, she wants to do a great origin story. Her dream is to make the sort of movies that impacted her as a child. She believes in aiming high and wants to make a masterpiece.

When asked about Wonder Woman's costume in the story, Jenkins stated that Diana broke into the armory on Themyscira to take the God Killer sword when she decided to leave. The costume was there and may be a mystical gift from the gods. The idea behind the bracelets isn't really delved into in the movie. The other Amazons also have them. Diana's ability to deflect bullets is more about her than the material of the bracelets.

Can we expect a new trailer? A specific release date for it wasn't given, but we can expect different footage when it's released. Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2.

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Damn, that's alot of plot details.

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Posted By ridd

Awesome.

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Posted By JediXMan

I'm okay with this.

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Posted By Mooty_Pass

Cool

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Posted By the_wspanialy

Nope. Not gonna read that. Afraid of spoilers. I've just read about Ares and that's enough for me.

After seeing first trailer, I was worried that Diana won't have the opportunity to fight with someone truly powerful. Slaughtering grunts is cool but only for a time. Glad to see I was wrong.

However I'm not sure I like the idea of every other god (except Zeus) being dead.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Phew, man-o-man, gals from Israel

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Posted By Battle123axe

I just realized how fast she's gonna be in this movie

Cool.

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Posted By igeptx

This looks pretty good, but I don't know much about WW.

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Posted By Ginbell

this sounds awesome

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Posted By Bumpaddle

Yeah, me no read details because I hate spoilers but the other stuff looks good. That gif is cool.

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Posted By uugieboogie

Wonder Woman is going to surprise people

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Posted By deactivated-5c8fd6cb3e4f4

Wonder Woman is going to surprise people

doubt it

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Posted By dshipp17

I enjoyed those bits of her origin story. Definitely going to go to the theaters for this movie.

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Posted By tchalla3000

I scrolled straight to the part with Patty Jenkins. So I'm still fresh from plot details.

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Posted By TheWhiteCrown

I'm dying for it to be good. I can't take another DCEU disappointment.

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Posted By Archizooom

By the end of this movie, the Gods will be dead, Steve will be dead, Etta Candy will be dead and Wonder Woman will have no supporting cast. But she'll have her trusty sword and shield, plus the blood of all the german soldiers she killed splattered on her armor

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Posted By Archizooom

If she's lucky, Bruce will build her an invisible plane so she'll have that

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Posted By AlmightyAmortal

It looks good so far.

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Posted By lordraiden

@dshipp17 said:

I enjoyed those bits of her origin story. Definitely going to go to the theaters for this movie.

We're in the same boat :-)

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Posted By LordRequiem

Don't get me wrong, Gal Gadot is beautiful and her sequences in BvS were really cool for the most part. But I still can't help but think she lacks the frame.

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Posted By Gotham331

Cautiously optimistic

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Posted By Klaus

By the end of this movie, the Gods will be dead, Steve will be dead, Etta Candy will be dead and Wonder Woman will have no supporting cast. But she'll have her trusty sword and shield, plus the blood of all the german soldiers she killed splattered on her armor

I read another article by another journalist that says said some gods lived, such as Aphrodite. Also it was confirmed in the articles that Diana is the natural born daughter of Zeus, and he is still alive so she has a father.

As for Diana having a supporting cast, I doubt they are going to kill them all off in the first movie. If they die it will be at the end of her trilogy if they decide to go that route. And I love the idea of her battle armour having blood splatters over it. Makes sense considering she is supposed to be the most brutal of the JL members.

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Posted By deltahuman

I don't like this Zeus created humanity bullshit.

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She looks okay. I'm surprised they didn't get a chunky hollyweird porn-star or corporate hood-rat to be WW and re-do the costume to be more 'sexy', etc. From what I saw, they didn't make her apologetic and servile or catty and bitchy, as well. Big surprise seeing this in this day and age. I just can't stop seeing Lynda Carter. Besides, jet-black hair and blue eyes is actually very rare. I liked that for WW and Superman. They are, after all, not human anyway.

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Posted By PhoenixoftheTides

The background about Ares killing the other gods seems kind of unnecessary. It kind of neuters supporting characters/goddesses making an appearance and I prefer the Girl Power of having Artemis, Hera, and Aphrodite involved with the Amazons.

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@phoenixofthetides: wonder if they'll make it that Hades has all the gods trapped in the Underworld, and Diana somehow frees them.

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@klaus said:

I read another article by another journalist that says said some gods lived, such as Aphrodite. Also it was confirmed in the articles that Diana is the natural born daughter of Zeus, and he is still alive so she has a father.

As for Diana having a supporting cast, I doubt they are going to kill them all off in the first movie. If they die it will be at the end of her trilogy if they decide to go that route. And I love the idea of her battle armour having blood splatters over it. Makes sense considering she is supposed to be the most brutal of the JL members.

But she's not supposed to be the most "brutal", in fact quite the contrary, and it contradicts what Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, Geoff Johns, Chris Pine have all been saying, they're trying to have it both ways. Personally, the sword and shield put me off a little bit

And I don't really care about the Gods though I would have loved to see a live-action take on Azzarello/Chiang's Wonder Woman run, with a few modifications

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I am against WW not having the power of flight, she gave that power more meaning than any other hero. Also killing of the gods! Her best stories came from the involvement of the Gods, the more the better.

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Posted By cur123

powerful

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@bane13 said:

She looks okay. I'm surprised they didn't get a chunky hollyweird porn-star or corporate hood-rat to be WW and re-do the costume to be more 'sexy', etc. From what I saw, they didn't make her apologetic and servile or catty and bitchy, as well. Big surprise seeing this in this day and age. I just can't stop seeing Lynda Carter. Besides, jet-black hair and blue eyes is actually very rare. I liked that for WW and Superman. They are, after all, not human anyway.

You're surprised, after what we've had to endure since Summer-2010, really since the end of Messner-Loebs' run? Or, perhaps you haven't been keeping track of Wonder Woman for a while? If you want to start, I'd suggest staying put for now, from what's being constantly put out, unless dramatic and sudden changes are coming to stop the gradual dissipation of fans; it's an agenda that gets surges of fans at the start of runs, but, a gradual dissipation of fans afterwards; people who like Wonder Woman have a certain taste, and you mentioned or implied them here; but, they'll have to decide to either end this grueling social experiment with Wonder Woman or give her over to someone like Toshio Maeda, someone who knows how to present female characters with no need for including SJW attachments (e.g. he's the only surviving person who could produce such mainstream material that I'm aware of; but, one good producer would have been Aaron Spelling). Wonder Woman is being killed off with this anti-sexy attitude, although she's been enduring like a true hero; they've made characters like Batwoman and the new Ms. Marvel; take this SJW political drag over to those characters and allow Wonder Woman to breath and grow again, picking up where the art of the Messner-Loebs run left off.

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11 extra goodies from our visit to the 'Wonder Woman' movie edit bay

If this is true, it's her suit, armor and weapons that are giving her powers.

No you read it wrong. Diana already has powers (which is mentioned on their Youtube channel video) and she realised this when she was young (long before she knew of the costume). They said that the costume also has some powers that can only work if Diana is wearing them, which I assume refers to the bracelet clash etc.

They also confirmed Diana is the daughter of Zeus and more than amazon which is why she is trained in secret at first by her aunt to be the greatest amazon warrior.

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Posted By amazing_webhead

cannot WAIT for this movie!

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@klaus said:
@tedirey said:

11 extra goodies from our visit to the 'Wonder Woman' movie edit bay

If this is true, it's her suit, armor and weapons that are giving her powers.

No you read it wrong. Diana already has powers (which is mentioned on their Youtube channel video) and she realised this when she was young (long before she knew of the costume). They said that the costume also has some powers that can only work if Diana is wearing them, which I assume refers to the bracelet clash etc.

They also confirmed Diana is the daughter of Zeus and more than amazon which is why she is trained in secret at first by her aunt to be the greatest amazon warrior.

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@dshipp17: Comic characters go through changes. Before loebs(And Perez for that matter) Wonder Woman went through changes too. Loesbs just isn't a groundbreaking anything for Wonder Woman. It's just another run. That you have the right to love of course. But for most fans, critics and the world of comics in general. Loebs run is just not an special part of Wonder Woman as a character.

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@dshipp17: Comic characters go through changes. Before loebs(And Perez for that matter) Wonder Woman went through changes too. Loesbs just isn't a groundbreaking anything for Wonder Woman. It's just another run. That you have the right to love of course. But for most fans, critics and the world of comics in general. Loebs run is just not an special part of Wonder Woman as a character.

And, again, I've constantly educated you on the consequences of chasing away a fan base; all of the Messner-Loebs fans have virtually departed so, you're referring to what's left; thus, it's just misinformation to portray Mesner-L:oebs' run in such an out of context fashion.

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@dshipp17: Out of coontext?. You think that problem in the fan base never happened before and after loebs?. His run is just not acclaimed, or a fan fave among most fans. Which doesn't mean you can't love it. But i don't know why you think loebs is the be all and end all for WW. He certainly isn't.

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@dshipp17: Out of coontext?. You think that problem in the fan base never happened before and after loebs?. His run is just not acclaimed, or a fan fave among most fans. Which doesn't mean you can't love it. But i don't know why you think loebs is the be all and end all for WW. He certainly isn't.

He clearly had a fan base since he had both high sales and a large reader base, while on a the comic; he was also on the comic for years; those are hardly the figures for a mediocre writer, if that's what you're trying to imply; that's also something that was constantly explained to you before; yes, he had a fan base, as the most rudimentary search of his run would show; you were even presented with a volume of evidence telegraphing such; while you might want to be in denial about it, facts are facts. For a certain perspective, he and Marston are certainly a be all and end all for Wonder Woman, as it stands now, until writers are placed on her book that wont bend to the whims of the SJWs and feminists.

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@dshipp17: I never said he had no fans. His run overall is not acclaimed by critics and a majority of WW fans. As both sides don't consider it one of the highlight moments of the character. That's what i'm saying. His run is not one of the essential parts of the character. Don't make a mistake. There are people hiding behind the term feminism today that aren't real feminists. Since they don't fight for equality between men and women like the real feminists do. The character of WW is not involved with those type of people. Marston was a feminist and created WW to be a feminst icon. That would inspire girls to be more than society expected from them. That would help to create a more diverse and equal ground for female characters in comics. That's also why he meant her to be just as powerful as the male power fantasy character known as Superman. loebs, like other writers including very recent ones, went against many of Marston's ideas. You say you love Marston. But you fail to understand that he'd be furious to see some of the things that loebs, and some writers before and after him did with his character.

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@agent41: WW got beaten up by Cheshire in Loeb's run! She was so weak, probably Batman could beat her in a fight. One of the reasons I hate his run. Though I like some elements.

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@wallywest042: It was during the time she lost the WW mantle. Wasn't that the reason for her power level being lower in that moment?. Marston would hate many of the things loebs did with the character.

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