Wonder Woman will finally hit theaters this week, marking the titular heroine’s first standalone feature film in spite of a 75 history in comics and on television. With fan exceptions at an all time high, cinematographer Matthew Jensen revealed to IGN that the creative team behind the film looked to the critically acclaimed comic book adaptions Superman: The Movie and Batman Begins when crafting Wonder Woman‘s first solo film.
Jensen explained that the filmmakers looked to Superman: The Movie and Batman Begins in terms of how to do justice to Wonder Woman‘s story.
“Every day seemed like a challenge because it was such a big and complicated movie. Just the knowledge that we were doing Wonder Woman’s story, solo, a movie that a lot of people had been trying to get off the ground for over 20 years, and she is one of the pop culture icons, so there was a lot of pressure on us to do it correctly. We were setting out to make something close to Richard Donner’s Superman or Batman Begins. We wanted to do her story that kind of justice so every day felt like we had that monkey on our back.”
Jensen also compared a scene where Wonder Woman first uses all of her abilities to iconic moments from both Superman: The Movie and Batman Begins.
“I think it’s akin to, again, Christopher Reeve opening up his shirt and revealing the “S” for the first time. That happens at about an hour into that movie and same thing with Christian Bale, he finally says “I am Batman” about an hour into the movie and I think ours is similar.”
While many may consider Superman: The Movie and Batman Begins high bars to reach, the positive reception towards Wonder Woman from those fortunate enough to have seen the film early indicate that the filmmakers succeeded in crafting a film worthy of the iconic DC Comics heroine.
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.