With a film as big as Wonder Woman, numerous VFX houses were brought in to shoulder the load. One of those houses, MPC, had their VFX work on the film supervised by Jessica Norman – a woman who worked as MPC London’s VFX supervisor on titles including Exodus: Gods and Kings, World War Z and Watchmen, as well as served as overall VFX supervisor on titles such as A Monster Calls.
The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Norman about her experience working on Wonder Woman and what the film means to her. Specifically, they asked her what it was like to work with director Patty Jenkins.
“It was a great feeling. It was driven by Patty’s passion. It was clear she knew what she wanted to get out of each scene,” Norman said. She then went on to talk about her favorite scene to work on, and it’s quite the impressive moment in the film.
The beach battle [in which a German army reaches the shore of Diana’s home, the island of Themyscira, which was filmed on Italy’s Amalfi Coast and augmented in VFX]. I enjoyed working on that; it was a lot of fun. (The studio asked Norman not to describe the details of this VFX work.)
Now that the film is out, Norman gets to see the results of everyone’s hard work as audiences continue to flock to the theater.
It’s very exciting. You work on something and put so much into it, and that makes it more rewarding. I really hope [more films with strong women, led by women] is the future. And why shouldn’t it be? It’s not something extraordinary, just because it’s a female director. It’s the right director.
In the end, Norman says that Wonder Woman is “empowering. I hope in the future that will become more the norm. I hear people saying they are excited to see it with their kids. I’m super-excited.”
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 stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Saïd Taghmaoui.
Wonder Woman is in theaters now.
Every DC Comics Film, Ranked From Worst To Best Including ‘Wonder Woman’
The film legacy of DC Comics should never be understated, even as the maturing superhero genre continues to follow more diverse paths of success through comic book characters beyond DC’s iconic catalogue.
But not all DC movies are created equal, and there’s merit to reflecting on how these films measure up against one another as the DCEU approaches its fourth movie in the form of a solo Wonder Woman (and the crowd said, finally). This list attempts to do just that by holding every DC movie released in theaters to a consistent set of worthwhile standards, including the quality of the film itself, the onscreen performances, cultural relevance (both within and outside of box office considerations), overall impact, contributions to the genre at large, and originality.
Put more simply, a movie on this list won’t trump another on ticket sales, alone (or at all). But perhaps you’ll find an experimental DC film getting the leg up over another that is slightly more formulaic and unremarkable, despite being remembered fondly.
For obvious reasons, it’s perfectly alright to disagree with this list, but keep in mind that expecting it to coincide with your personal opinions and observations will only leave you disappointed. That said, be sure to offer your own arguments and lists in the comments for others to weigh their opinions against, because…well, why not?
Let’s start with the worst of the DC films (not an easy task), which is: