Directors Talk “Wonder Woman” & “Mulan” Music

One of the most well received elements of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” was Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, especially her iconic introduction in costume set to a hard rock musical riff that has already become effectively the character’s theme tune.

Speaking with Empire, director Patty Jenkins says the upcoming prequel solo “Wonder Woman” film won’t include the theme tune in full:

“The song is slightly more complicated, because that is the song of a very adult and evolved character. I love that track, but we had to embrace it as a different thing. The story is of who Diana grows into being; you can’t just come out of the gate with a song like that for a ten year old.”

One approach they may take is the “Casino Royale” approach with music that occasionally hints at the theme tune before finally playing it over the end credits when the character has become more ‘fully formed’. The music has been used in all the trailers for the film so far.

Meanwhile filmmaker Niki Caro has confirmed that there will at least be some music in “Mulan,” the upcoming live-action adaptation of the Disney animated film.

The director says in a recent interview with Cinema Blend: “The live-action is based on that inspirational Chinese ballad and on the animated Disney classic. We’re still exploring the role that music’s going to play in it, but for sure there will be music.”

“Wonder Woman” opens this June, “Mulan” is slated for late 2018.