One of the most beloved aspects of the new Wonder Woman movie is its visual tone as many have called it a brighter film compared to the previous DCEU films. Matthew Jensen, who worked on the film as a cinematographer, spoke recently with Vulture as he went more into depth about the use of color in Patty Jenkins’ movie.
Jensen spoke about his working relationship with Jenkins and how she pitched him the visual tone that she wanted to have for Wonder Woman. It apparently started with Jenkins showing him a still photo of James Blunt.
“She showed me this still photo of James Blunt and it had this colored smoke in the background and him walking in this dark trench coat through the smoke. And she said, ‘I really like this colored-smoke thing.’” He laughs. “And I thought, Huh, I wonder what that means. She was really interested in color in this movie.”
One of the things Jensen brought up was that while they wanted to make sure they fitted into the larger DCEU, but also have its own unique look to it. According to Jensen, they weren’t comparing themselves to the past films like Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
“I wanted to make sure we fit into the DC universe. Certainly we used some techniques that [Batman v Superman director] Zack [Snyder] and [Batman v Superman cinematographer] Larry Fong used in other movies. We weren’t comparing ourselves to other movies, at all.”
“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 also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Lisa Loven Kongsli as Menalippe, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Sir Patrick Morgan, Elena Anaya as Doctor Maru, Ewen Bremner as Charlie, Saïd Taghmaoui as Sameer and Eugene Brave Rock as the Chief. The screenplay was written by Jenkins, Allan Heinberg and DC Films’ co-head Geoff Johns, with story by Heinberg and Justice League director Zack Snyder.
Wonder Woman is now playing in theaters.