DIRECTOR Patty Jenkins STARS Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright RELEASED 23 June 2017
IT’S A BIRD, IT’S A PLANE It’s a movie with a ton of pressure on the muscular Amazonian shoulders of newcomer Gal Gadot: not just the first superhero blockbuster directed by a woman ( Monster’s Patty Jenkins) but the first superhero blockbuster with a female lead. The World War One setting is an intriguing departure from the well- worn ’ 40s milieu of the original comics – we’re promised a trenches- era period epic, packed with extras – while Star Trek’s Chris Pine brings full- beam charm to roguish love interest Steve Trevor.
SECRET ORIGINS Speed’s Sandra Bullock was approached to wield the lasso of truth back in 2001, when a Wonder Woman movie was first in development.
SUPER POWER From Lucy to The Hunger Games there’s a clamour for female- led action franchises. This feels like the cultural sweet spot for the DC demigoddess to finally hit the screen.