Wonder Woman finally arrived in theaters last weekend and became a box office hit, shattering many initial estimates. Yet, despite the character’s 75 year history, getting a feature film based on the DC Comics heroine proved to be lengthy process. In an interview with Collider, producer Charles Roven discussed the development process for Wonder Woman and commented on the rumors claiming that Zack Snyder’s Justice League had to be completely re-shot.
Roven discussed how the story for Wonder Woman was developed and how director Patty Jenkins ultimately brought the project together once she came on board.
“Really early on, before Patty came on the project, we, you know, put our toe in the water with two writers and they took completely different approaches on the material. One was the Crimean war and one was World War I, but [a] completely different World War I experience. […] For our development of Wonder Woman, we didn’t like the ultimate take on either of those scripts, even though they’re talented guys, and Zack and Allan Heinberg then collaborated on a story. We had a different director on at that time and that director, which was okay by the studio, brought a number of writers. […] Allan Heinberg got the full screenplay credit, even though after he wasn’t able to finish working, he had to go back to the TV series that he was working on, Geoff Johns and Patty did a tremendous amount of collaboration. […] They did a lot of writing that stuck. […] We had a basic arc of a story, but scene to scene, it really came together when Patty got involved.”
When asked how about the post-production phase on Justice League, Roven commented on the rumors claiming that the film had to be completely re-shot. (It should be noted that the comments were made before news broke that Zack Snyder had stepped down from Justice League).
“We are in the midst of trying to schedule the only additional photography that we have been trying to scheduled. We haven’t done any additional photography up to this point. […] Since we wrapped what there was, was motion capture or what we call facial capture.”
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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.