Warner Bros. is planning on going full steam ahead on an Oscar campaign for the DCEU’s first female-led installment, Wonder Woman.
According to Variety, the studio is internally discussing plans to launch an impressive awards season campaign for the blockbuster, in an effort to make the Amazonian Princesses first feature adaptation the first-ever comic-book film to be nominated for best picture along with director Patty Jenkins for best director at the Academy Awards.
Wonder Woman itself is a major step forward for representation in the entertainment industry. Not only did director Patty Jenkins manage to set the record for the highest domestic opening weekend for a film directed by a woman in history with a $103.1 million domestic debut, Jenkins has also gone on to set the record for the highest grossing female-directed film of all time sans a male co-director over Kung Fu Panda 2‘s global take of $665.7 million with a worldwide total gross of $781 million.
While The Academy of Motion Pictures has failed to recognize comic book films in the past, the Oscar granting organization sent out a record high total of 744 invitations on this year in a continued effort to diversify the membership ranks of the organization which could help increase the Princess of Themyscria’s chances at taking home an award. Some of the invitees this year include Marvel and DC stars such as Chris Evans, Chris Pratt, Chris Hemsworth, and Wonder Woman herself, Gal Gadot. In addition stars such as Dwayne Johnson and Wonder Woman actress Elena Anaya as well as directors, Joe and Anthony Russo (Captain America: Civil War, Captain America: Winter Soldier), Joss Whedon (Marvel’s The Avengers) and David Ayer (Suidice Squad) were also invited to join.
The trades sources also indicated the studio is planning to put forth it’s other summer blockbuster Dunkirk for best picture consideration along with Christopher Nolan for best director as well.
The film stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, 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. Here’s the official synopsis:
’Wonder Woman’ hits movie theaters around the world next summer when Gal Gadot returns as the title character in the epic action adventure from director Patty Jenkins. 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.
Wonder Woman is now playing.