So, Marvel Studios (and Disney) has played their latest card with the newest part of their Cinematic Universe: “Doctor Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch. That’s all well and good for them. Meanwhile Warner Brothers and DC Comics are moving on from the commercial success (if critical panning) of “Suicide Squad”, the third installment of their nascent film series counterpart to the MCU: the DC Extended Universe. Principal photography has already wrapped and production is putting on the finishing touches to the fourth DCEU chapter, a cinematic origin story for DC’s main female superhero, and one-third of the company’s super “Trinity” of sorts, the Amazon warrior princess Wonder Woman, which won’t grace theaters until the middle of next year.
The Hollywood Reporter goes into nitpicky detail over elements featured in the “Wonder Woman” film’s second official trailer, released online Thursday November 3, some three months after the first teaser on the San Diego Comic-Con’s Hall H (where Tom Hiddleston once enthralled audiences with an in-character Loki appearance in 2013). But this isn’t about him, it’s about her. Princess Diana of Themiscyra, played to wonderful perfection by Israeli model-actress Gal Gadot, who proved her acting chops (and physical training from her Israeli Defense Force days) being a good match for the role in her “guest appearance” in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice”.
New scenes teased in trailer 2 have revealed new elements in the narrative. In addition to the meat of the story being Diana’s adventures during World War I (understandably moved from her comics version fighting in WWII to avoid comparisons to Marvel’s Captain America). Apparently there will be a prologue segment, or perhaps bookends, showing Diana in her contemporary identity established in “BvS”, as a museum curator in the Louvre. Gadot provides in-character voiceover narration for this part, speaking of how Wonder Woman once was eager to protect the world from what would threaten it, only to be disillusioned by the “darkness within”.
The next scene shows the iconic storyline tying the Amazon princess to her American pilot boyfriend, with Diana seeing Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashing in the sea next to her island home and her rescuing him, eventually spurring her mission to fight evil out in Man’s World. But there’s more to it than that. Additional fight sequences show the Amazons fighting against an amphibious invasion of
Themiscyra by Imperial (not Nazi) German forces. We see more shots of the Amazon homeland, along with the threats the WWI allies face: a corrosive gas, a masked saboteur, and a German officer who can fight toe to toe with Diana in swordplay. There’s also humor abound with Diana’s cover of being Steve’s “very good” secretary (by saving his life with her bulletproof bracelets) and more laughs out of Etta Candy (Lucy Davis).
All in all, it’s really shaping up to be a wild and exciting ride. One can hope more trailers will come in the future.
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