Although Wonder Woman becomes a champion of Earth and part of DC’s Trinity, to get there she has to leave behind her home, her culture, and her mother – something that will be explored in Wonder Woman. As Queen of the Amazons and Diana’s mother, it is Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen) who has to watch her daughter leave to go fight for the outside world.
With Diana leaving the Amazons behind, a future reunion could certainly be an emotional moment. While speaking with Comicbook, Nielsen imagined what a Wonder Woman-Hippolyta reunion would look like:
“After I get done hugging her forever (laughs), I think that you know she’s going to probably tell us to stop hiding, and stop being afraid of the world, that there is a world that changed out there.”
Although the Amazons have a storied history of distrusting mankind – and largely for good reason – Diana’s return could certainly help shift their exclusionary mentality. Such a reunion would surely be a great moment for Nielsen to play but, for now, there are some clear aspects of playing Hippolyta that have been her favorite.
“I think that Hippolyta is sort of like a dream character. I could literally just go on and on about her. She is a fantastic story in and of herself. She has an incredible backstory. There’s a beautiful story right there in front of her. She’s emotionally and intellectually engaging and then on top of that, she is this incredible, physical piece of acting. There’s this incredible physical bit of acting as well with all of the stunts, so all in all on so many different levels it was an interesting project for me.”
In short order, we’ll find out just how much of Hippolyta’s backstory is explored and see Nielsen in action.
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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