Wonder Woman Footage From Last Night’s “Dawn of the Justice League” Special


The CW aired a look at DC’s upcoming movie slate last night, hosted by Kevin Smith because for some reason Warner Bros. thinks that Kevin Smith is someone that people want to listen to? I don’t know what was up with that. We got more footage from each of this year’s new releases; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still looks pretty dumb and Suicide Squad still looks intriguing. I’d be far more interested in the latter than the former, if Wonder Woman wasn’t in the former, looking so dang cool.

Speaking of which, they showed a few seconds of Wonder Woman footage from the upcoming film currently shooting in England! And it looked pretty good, too. Here’s the full clip of their Wonder Woman segment:

And here are most of the key moments in GIF mode:










There weren’t a ton of details in the footage, but it all looked cool. I thought that the foggy, wooded scenes were maybe Themyscira, but I’m pretty sure it’s just England, given the dudes in the mix on the horses. Plus, they JUST cast Hippolyta, so I doubt they’ve even shot any Themyscira scenes yet. There’s a fight scene with some soldiers that was very fun, and Diana is classy and fun in her old school garb and glasses. Gal Gadot really does look great as Wonder Woman all around. All of the snippets of footage we’ve seen of her in Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman have been fantastic.

We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.

On the Amazons, Geoff Johns explained that:

The Amazons were once created to protect man’s world but they since abandoned it, and Diana is asking constantly, “Why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man?” and they say, “Because they’re not worth it.” And this takes her on a journey into our world.

Which I have mixed feelings about. The “created to protect man’s world” thing isn’t something we haven’t seen a lot. It was sort of an angle in the George Perez era in the 80s, but there was more too them then that. And “they’re not worth it” feels overly simplistic; the Amazons always leave the world of men under unpleasant, complicated circumstances. I may be reading too much into a brief and obviously heavily edited snippet, but I don’t think that Johns captured the essence of the Amazons well there.

Johns also doubles down on the martial angle we’ve been seeing with her constant sword wielding:

She’s an Amazon warrior, she’s the best fighter in the DC universe. She has strength and speed and she’s been training her whole life for war.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love an ass kicking Wonder Woman, but there’s so much more to the character than that. Luckily, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins gets it:

The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates any of her power.

High five to Patty Jenkins for GETTING IT. This was the most encouraging bit of the segment for me. I love that the film has someone at the helm who understands that Wonder Woman is more than just a warrior, and that love and kindness are her primary motivations. I feel like that bodes well for the movie.

Also, Chris Pine remains a delight. I didn’t love his casting originally, but he is SO on board with making Wonder Woman the awesome hero he should be. In all of his press lately he seems excited and proud to get to be a part of the film, and in the special he said, “Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important, this story of a very powerful woman.”

Finally, while the segment was pretty vague on plot details for Wonder Woman, I think I caught something that might have showed who the villain is. In a segment where Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns talked about DC villains, they showed artwork of the bad guys, all of them connected to either Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, but there was also this brief image:


That’s Ares, the God of War, as drawn by George Perez. And Wonder Woman, of course. Since everyone else they showed is connected to a movie in some way, presumably Ares is going to play a part in Wonder Woman. Which makes sense, given the World War One setting; it’s an environment ideal for a God of War.

Overall, everything I saw has me cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman! I still think that the World War One setting is weird, and I don’t love making her the old, wise one instead of someone more modern and identifiable for audiences, specifically young girls, but nonetheless it’s a new angle for the character that could prove interesting. Gal Gadot looks the part, the brief action was cool, and Patty Jenkins seems like a great choice to direct the project. I’m still shocked and delighted that this is actually happening, and all of the clips from the special have me excited for what’s to come.

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3 Responses to “Wonder Woman Footage From Last Night’s “Dawn of the Justice League” Special”

  1. Jeppe Dittmer Says:

    You obviously know your Wonder Woman way better than I do so maybe I am wrong on this, but I always thought that the Gods’ reasoning for creating the Amazons were a bit vague in the comics. As I recall in Marston’s version Aphrodite says something about defeating the minions of Ares (sorry Mars) with love, and in the Perez reboot wasn’t it about creating a people that could embody the ideals of the Gods or the best of humanity or something like that?
    I think making the Amazons a race of supernatural guardians of humanity is a great idea, if that is indeed what they have done. It is simple and easy to understand, and it would give Wonder Woman a level of motivation for helping the outside world beside pure altruism. Not that there is anything wrong with altruism, it might in fact be THE defining element of Wonder Woman’s character in my opinion, but I nonetheless think the character is missing some simple driving factor that lets us easily understand the character, like Batman’s dead parents or Superman being raised by humble farmers.
    If nothing else Geoff saying that the Amazons were created to protect the world of man, at least assures us that despite these DC movies drawing (too) heavily from the new52, the Amazons as murdering, rapist baby-slave-traders is not being carried over into the cinematic universe. Thank the Gods.

    • Tim Hanley Says:

      In most instances, the Amazons were more about inspiring the world than protecting it. Marston was all about the inspirational ideal of the utopian Amazons, and like you say with Perez there’s the idea that they embody the ideals of the gods. I think Johns’ word choice just didn’t feel quite right to me. Protecting the world is sort of what they do, but there’s a lot more to them in an aspirational sort of way than that. The Amazons should be less about protecting the world and more about teaching the world to protect itself as well as helping the world see the folly in things like war and greed that lead to situations where one needs to be protected. You make a fine point about motivation, and that will be a clear, simple way to set that up in the films; an inspirational utopian society is a trickier, more complex thing to articulate 🙂

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