Amazon adventure A deep dive into how the new Wonder Woman movie was created, with art and insight along the way
The book is a succession of guides covering every visual element of the film
Author Sharon Gosling Publisher Titan Books Price £30 Web www.titanbooks.com Available Now
We’re sent a lot of ‘Art of’ film books here at ImagineFX, but they’re by no means all alike. Some are padded out with film stills and feature very little actual art. Others are filled with eyeopening concept artwork from cover to cover. This large-format volume, devoted to the new Wonder Woman film directed by Patty Jenkins, falls somewhere in the middle.
Quite a few of the images included here are film stills or in-progress production shots, which feels a little wasteful if you’ve already seen the film. And where artwork is featured, there’s a frustrating lack of credits for the artists who created it.
But we don’t want to overstate the negatives. There’s still a good number of preliminary sketches, storyboards, concept art and set and costume designs within these beautifully produced pages, plus a lot of textual detail about how the film was conceived and produced.
Following an introduction by Jenkins, the book is essentially a succession of two- or four-page guides covering every visual element of the film, more or less chronologically. The first half details the different characters, the myriad locations of Themyscira (including the island, the Throne Room and Diana’s bedroom) as well as its weapons and armour (both Diana’s and the Amazons’ as a whole). Then there’s a close look at the beach battle, for which we see CGI breakdowns and original storyboards.
This is followed by a brief, six-page section on Diana’s journey across the sea, which includes a look at how the ship was put together digitally. Then the final section focuses on ‘Man’s World’, with some good insights into how locations like London, Dover Docks, the War Rooms and No Man’s Land were developed.
Right at the end of the book, there’s a bonus insert: a black envelope stamped with the Wayne Enterprises logo. Inside is a acetate black-andwhite photo of the film’s main characters. Fans will doubtless love this, though given the book’s title, it’s a shame this wasn’t a fabulous piece of concept art instead.
With extensive quotes from both Patty and production designer Aline Bonetto, it all adds up a detailed guide to how the film was created, and is particularly strong on explaining how the environments and all-important costumes were realised. Fewer film stills and more concept art would have nudged us closer to a five-star rating, but this is still a top-notch release.
Ra ting ★★★★
Concept art of the young Diana scampering through a marketplace on Themyscira.
The Amazonian armour varied from character to character, to convey a sense of individuality.