Though the social media praise by those who have seen Wonder Woman has been effusive, one of the common themes strung throughout that praise has been appreciation for the film’s humor and lighthearted tone.
Making a concerted effort to bring some more light, heart, and laughs to the DCEU, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and star Chris Pine spoke to Comicbook.com about the film’s humor. In particular, Pine highlighted what it was like to play a male character who’s outshined by the leading lady.
“That was the whole, I thought, the comedy of it,” Pine said. “There’s this joke in the beginning about being above average but that’s the joke is that men are so vein. You compound that in a time where the patriarchy is where women don’t even have suffrage yet. It’s not a good time for being a woman. This man has to deal with the fact that this woman is so much stronger and better in so many ways than he is. I just love the comedy of it. I love playing the foolish, buffoon who had to learn a lot about, as many of us men do, what it means to be a human being. It doesn’t matter what equipment you have.”
On the other hand, Jenkins previously spoke about her inspirations for the film’s humor.
“I think there’s funny things in both of those films but we definitely went for making a funny film. I was always basing it on Superman I and on Indiana Jones. I wanted to make a classic film where you’re laughing and you’re in love with them and then they’re off on a fun great adventure. It’s definitely in the pursuit of our film.”
If the initial reactions are any indication, Wonder Woman will become largely synonymous with “fun” and “adventure,” which it seems both Pine and Jenkins would be on board with.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.
10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’
There’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.
Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.
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