Please be aware that the article has minor spoilers for Wonder Woman.
If you’ve already seen Wonder Woman, then you know that the scene in No Man’s Land is one of the greatest in the entire film. It’s a scene that has Diana becoming Wonder Woman and taking a big stand for the first time. The way the scene is shot, combined with the momentum and the action is superb.
Wonder Woman cinematographer Matthew Jensen recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter and discussed how the scene came to be and how it’s very reminiscent of Batman Begins and Superman.
“From the very beginning, that that scene was kind of our equivalent of Christopher Reeve revealing his S for the first time and saving Lois Lane from the falling helicopter or the first time when Christian Bale is Batman and he’s moving so fast you can’t see him in Batman Begins. We knew the whole movie was building up to this whole moment when she first reveals herself as Wonder Woman. We knew we had to take the approach of Hitchcock in a certain way, you’re holding back, your holding back. You are creating anticipation for that moment. And then of course doing the moment justice by not only revealing her in the full costume, but also revealing her enormous and awesome abilities. That was a major sequence that was developed by Patty and the pre-vis artists and the stunt guys who did a lot of stunts through previsualization to show what was possible.
When I came aboard, I sat in a lot of the previsualization meetings so I could try out a lot of the ideas about how Wonder Woman reveals herself out of the trench and how she blocks a bullet and then it became a process of breaking down the elements. What was going to be on our built set? What was going to be extreme slow-motion? What was going to be semi-slow motion? How were we going to get her to run across 300 yards of muddy field in her boots and also track with her with a camera? How were we going to rig that camera? All of these things were an enormous technical undertaking. Also there was knowledge in the back of our head that we were shooting this thing in February. We were going to have no light and our light would be gone in about eight hours, if not less than that. Gal would be out there in the Wonder Woman costume in the freezing cold. There were some many elements to this. But I think pulled it off.”
Wonder Woman is currently playing in theaters.