The next roll of the dice in the establishment of the DC cinematic universe is Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” film which aims to be quite different from the three preceding DCEU entries – especially in tone.
President of DC Entertainment Diane Nelson recently praised both Jenkins and the film’s star, Gal Gadot. Talking with Variety, she says they and Warner Brothers got very lucky with both the casting and directing hire:
“It’s a testament to Zack Snyder’s casting ability. I think Gal was someone who embodied the role so beautifully, and we saw lots of evidence on how audiences responded when she came onscreen for the first time…she and Ben Affleck really stood out as two amazing parts of [Batman v Superman], and the real life Gal has many of the traits that Wonder Woman does. She is athletic and strong, and she has a great deal of integrity. She’s a mother, she’s a wife. She cares very much about this role, and so we got very lucky to have her.
Patty had a true vision that the character meant something to her. It was very clear from early on that she understood the core attributes of Wonder Woman, that she wanted to tell this story, and that she wanted to tell an arc…we’re going to see Wonder Woman and Diana Prince’s journey as she leaves Paradise Island, Themyscira, and learns all about a world that she has only heard about growing up….the feel of the movie is hopeful and aspirational, and the action is kickass.”
The film opens June next year. The comments come as Exhibitor Relations has confirmed that Warners has set aside September 27th 2019 and February 7th 2020 release dates for two major event films. It’s expected that the first of these is likely the release date for Ben Affleck’s solo “The Batman” project, however that’s not near confirmed at this point.