Pretty much every entertainment news site is reporting that Wonder Woman, helmed by Michelle MacLaren and starring Gal Gadot, will begin filming in the fall. All of these sites trace back to Deadline, who had the exclusive announcement that Gadot is co-starring in Keeping Up With The Joneses, directed by Greg Mottola and starring Zach Galifianakis, Isla Fisher, and Jon Hamm. That’s actually a great lineup; I may have to check this movie out. But buried at the end of this announcement was this:
Gadot will next be seen in Lionsgate’s Criminal in August and in September the movie Triple Nine. She plays Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and then films Wonder Woman in the fall.
This confused a lot of folks because it’s been reported elsewhere that Wonder Woman has yet to be receive an official greenlight from Warner Bros. The details here are sparse, so it’s tough to know what’s going on for sure, particularly since Warner Bros. or Gadot hasn’t commented on this news yet. It might be a scoop, but it might just be a sort of placeholder statement because she’s planning to film Wonder Woman at some point in the future.
As a sidenote, everyone seems to be assuming it’s the fall of this year, but the wording of the statement could suggest a different timeline. Dawn of Justice comes out in 2016, so if she stars in that and “then films Wonder Woman in the fall”, that might make it the fall of 2016.
Also, a lot of entertainment sites are parroting the rumour that there will be a Wonder Woman trilogy, with the first one set in the 1920s, the second during World War Two, and the third in the present day. The Deadline article doesn’t mention this at all, and this still has yet to be confirmed by Warner Bros. Furthermore, the rumour predates the hiring of Michelle MacLaren as a director and Jason Fuchs as the film’s writer. Plus, it’s a god awful idea and they really shouldn’t do it. Anyway, this remains just a rumour at this point.
So we’ve got some news, but it might be overblown news. In general, it’s always a good idea to just wait for official word on things from the studio, and this is doubly true for Wonder Woman. There have been several projects in development for ages that have sparked tons of rumours and breaking news and nothing concrete ever came of any of them. I’ll believe that Warner Bros. is actually making a Wonder Woman movie when they say they’re actually making a Wonder Woman movie and it’s not just in development. If being a Wonder Woman fan has taught me anything, it’s to take news from Hollywood with a massive grain of salt.