The team behind the scenes of the upcoming Wonder Woman film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot, just keeps getting better and better. The latest addition is cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema, who not only has a fantastic name but is also quite impressive at his job. Hoytema has worked on films like the creepily wonderful Let The Right One In, the tense Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, the quirkily futuristic Her, the epic Interstellar, and the upcoming Bond film, Spectre.
That’s quite a resume, and a very good sign for the Wonder Woman movie because all of those films were shot beautifully and looked great. I know Spectre isn’t out yet, but given how the first few Daniel Craig Bond movies were shot, the cinematography bar has been set high and Hoytema wouldn’t be working on it if he couldn’t meet it. Hoytema has also been nominated for a couple of BAFTAs over the years.
What I like most about Hoytema’s past projects is that they’re all very different. He seems to be a cinematographer who excels at any setting. This should bode well for Wonder Woman, given the many things that should be going on in the movie. There’ll be a variety of settings, from the ancient home of the Amazons to presumably the present day, and perhaps some World War Two scenes if those rumours prove true. There will also be action and a lot of special effects to take into account. With Hoytema’s versatile history, he should be well suited to adapt to all of these situations.
It’s encouraging to see another solid film professional with an interesting body of work added to Wonder Woman. The script will still be key, of course, but given the team they’re building behind the scenes it certainly should look great at least. Filming is reportedly due to begin soon, and rumours are flying about what they’ll be doing and what that means for the story. The latest has them shooting in Italy, perhaps in old ruins for some Amazon scenes or perhaps for some World War Two scenes elsewhere. No one knows, because actual official information has been minimal thus far. At least we know that the film is going to have a cool cinematographer. That’s a good start.