If the trailers and TV spots are any indication, the aesthetic of the upcoming DC Extended Universe film Wonder Woman truly stands out. Just from the footage released to the public, one gets a sense of how Patty Jenkins used her directorial sensibilities to craft a story that truly felt definitive for the most iconic female superhero of all-time.
One of the reasons why the imagery of the film feels so tangible is because it was shot on film instead of digital photography. Like many other directors, Patty Jenkins prefers to shoot her projects on film, and in the case for Wonder Woman, it was shot on 35 MM.
During the press junket for the movie, Patty Jenkins discussed why she decided to shoot Wonder Woman on film. She credits former Batman director Christopher Nolan for keeping film alive.
I’ve come up on shooting film and working on film for a long time. Digital has come a long way. Digital does a lot of great things. There are things I really like about digital, but they are not the same and there is some sort of strange myth that “Oh, you can do everything now on digital.” Well if that was true, why do all the great, great, great filmmakers still shoot on film?” Is it because they know less? Is it because they’re more haphazard? Is it because they can’t move on to new information? No. It’s because there’s a certain type of epic grander escapism that film gives you that you cannot — you will struggle very hard — to get that on video.
You can see the rest of her interview with Kevin McCarthy underneath.
Film > Digital. 📽️🎞️❤️ pic.twitter.com/Y10UWHPxPr
— Kevin McCarthy (@KevinMcCarthyTV) May 22, 2017
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.
Directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghamoui and Ewen Bremmer, Wonder Woman is 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.
Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!