Normally, major studios reserve some of their exclusive first look footage reveals for a bigger fan convention venue like the San Diego Comic-Con. But there are a few who do make it out to the Anaheim, CA area for WonderCon. This year is no different with Warner Bros giving fans a sneak peek at their upcoming slate of DCEU films. The only difference is that I don’t have to wait hours on end to for a wristband or sleeping on concrete to get inside an arena.
With Wonder Woman nearly completed and Zack Snyder working hard on Justice League, attendees were treated to an early look at both films. Check out our coverage below.
The panel kicked off with the most recent trailer of Justice League. Fans reacted as any normal fan would when seeing footage in an arena as big as this one, but it was the Wonder Woman panel they were waiting for.
Geoff Johns and director Patty Jenkins were present to talk about the upcoming movie. Johns said they were incredibly lucky to have Jenkins as the director. Jenkins is a big believer in using these stories in exploring a character being a better person. She calls Wonder Woman her favorite superhero, adding that every hero deserves to have her story told.
Johns stressed that DC films should have heart, humor, and heroics. A stark difference to what has been said about humor in DC films in previous years.
On the training sequences, Jenkins says Wonder Woman’s training is integral to being a better person and the discipline to being a better hero. Johns chimed in saying she was the best fighter in the DC universe. He added just as Superman’s hands on his hips is an iconic pose, Wonder Woman crossing her wrists will do the same.
For Diana (Gal Gadot) she is a big believer in goodness, kindness, and love, and will use force to keep mankind safe. That obviously will be tested in the film.
Addressing the issue of superhero fatigue, Jenkins says it’s so much bigger than that. These common characters are being used to express relatable stories. While others fight for good, Diana is a firm believer of bringing that sense of justice and goodness from her Paradise Island all the way to the world of man. Jenkins says the story is about Diana’s journey to decide her place in man’s world as she leaves the island.
Our first clip sees Steve (Chris Pine) and Diana walking the crowded streets. When they try to outrun their pursuers they are cornered into an alley, which forces Steve to go into a defensive position. With guns drawn, they are fired upon. But Diana protects Steve with her bracelets. Much to Steve’s disbelief, Diana goes on the offensive, defeating their pursuers.
Jenkins says given the film’s setting, Wonder Woman has a grand classic cinema feel. She likens it to Casablanca. For Steve, he is a tough guy but one who knows the limits of his strength. Jenkins says he is a lot like Indiana Jones. However, instead of making the film a superhero rom-com, the film will be a reflection of its time, which is set in World War I, where the politics come into play.
In the second clip, we see why Diana is the best in the DC Universe. In it we see her jump straight into the line of fire and pave a passage of safety for Steve and his fellow soldiers. Jumping into buildings to take out each group and does the same when she goes to the next. Leaving Steve’s soldiers very surprised.
Talking about the action, Jenkins says it came totally naturally. So when Diana sees the effects of war, she wants to jump into the thick of it as soon as she steps foot onto man’s world.
When asked if she feels pressure bringing Wonder Woman to life, Jenkins says yes, there is pressure. But she went into it knowing that she loves the character and took the responsibility seriously. Johns agreed.
In his time at the studio, Johns said WB never told him don’t do a female superhero movie. They embraced the idea, and the movie is a direct result of that.
Jenkins says it’s incredibly important to stay true to the lore, but you also have to expand and make changes. But they would stay true to what makes Wonder Woman wonderful. “In a way, this is another comic book,” says Jenkins.
John says you want to hold on to certain elements but also add certain invisibility and immutables like character motivations. He cites George Perez and the New 52 as inspiration for the film.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017. Click right here for trailers and more on the movie.