Wonder Woman is the success DC and Warner Bros have been looking for ever since they launched the DCEU. I mean, it’s an amazing film, beloved by critics, and made a pile of cash for the studio. When a film that’s a part of a major franchise takes off, the first question anyone asks is “when is the sequel coming out?”
Well, we know that bit now.
THR is reporting that a second Wonder Woman film will hit theaters December 13, 2019. Gal Gadot will, of course, return, and while no final deal has been reached, Patty Jenkins is expected to direct. Since much of Wonder Woman‘s success is due to Jenkins’s efforts, it would be incredibly strange if she didn’t.
There are rumors about the film being set in the 1980s (with Chris Pine returning as a descendant of Steve Trevor), but none of that is confirmed. I mean, pretty much all we really have is the date and nothing else right now.
Wonder Woman was the course correction the studio needed, and it’s clear they’re wising up to that. Right now the studio is launching an unprecedented ‘for your consideration’ Oscars campaign to lobby for Best Picture and Best Director nominations. No prior superhero film was in the position for that to be a realistic prospect before Wonder Woman, and if successful would be incredibly groundbreaking.
We were given a brief tease back when Wonder Woman hit theaters, but we now finally have a real trailer for the upcoming biopic about her creation — Professor Marston & The Wonder Women. The film is about William Moulton Marston, his wife Elizabeth, and Olive Byrne (who was in a polyamorous relationship with the couple). The film stars Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, and Connie Britton.
Honestly, it’s an incredibly interesting story, and seeing it translated well to film is an exciting prospect. Polyamory isn’t especially accepted in today’s society, let alone in the 1940’s. It’s a story I don’t think a lot of people outside comics historians are aware of, and it deserves to be told.
Professor Marston & The Wonder Women comes out October 27, 2017.
On this (audio only) episode of the Nerd & Tie podcast, we celebrate Wonder Woman‘s victory at the box office, give a spoiler-free review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, ponder HBO developing a Watchmen television show, and consider the ramifications of Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting booted from the (still untitled) Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film. Then we hit the con scene, where Titan Fan Con messed up big time, and Emerald City Comicon finally settled their “minions/volunteer” lawsuit.
This is also the first episode recorded from the new production studio, so please forgive our settling in.
Wonder Woman may be about a character who transcends borders, but apparently the ethnicity of its star doesn’t. Last week we reported that the film had been banned in Lebanon due to Gal Gadot being Israeli, and it looks like that may be a problem in other countries as well.
It’s being widely reported that screenings in Tunisia have been suspended. It was originally supposed to hit Tunisian theaters Thursday, but those showings have been suspended after a lawsuit by the Tunisian Association of Young Lawyers. Filed Monday, the suit alleges that Gadot is a “champion Zionist,” citing her military service (which was compulsory) and a public statement Gadot made in support of Israel’s military actions in Gaza in 2014.
How the suit goes will determine whether or not the film will see a release in that country.
This follows the film being pulled from a festival in Algeria yesterday as well. While there is a movement to boycott Wonder Woman in Algeria, festival coordinators cited “administrative issues linked to exhibition rights” as the reason, and they say they intend to re-add Wonder Woman to the festival’s lineup once those issues are resolved.
Honestly, any time Israel is involved, stuff gets complicated. That the film, which has nothing to do with the country (and takes place before the modern state of Israel existed), is getting banned places seems ridiculous though.
On this, the one hundredth episode of Nerd & Tie, our heroes give our review of DC’s Wonder Woman movie, discuss how said film was banned in Lebanon, celebrate 40 years of Star Wars, and continued to get confused by the ongoing progress on Sony’s Venom movie. Then we take on the con scene, where ColossalCon forced Colossus Con to rebrand, and Phoenix Comicon narrowly avoided tragedy.
One of the films we’ve been most nervously excited for this year is, of course, Wonder Woman’s first solo feature film. There haven’t been that many women led superhero movies, and Hollywood is often reluctant to trust women directors with tentpole blockbuster. Wonder Woman, with director Patty Jenkins at the helm, has a lot riding on it.
And thank the heavens things are actually working out.
Wonder Womanopened to a pretty amazing $100.5 million domestically, which breaks the record for the biggest opening for a film directed by a woman. The movie has also already brought in $122.5 million internationally, for a total gross of $223 million so far. Considering the film only had a budget of $150 million (and the conventional wisdom that a film must make back twice its budget), Wonder Woman is already well on its way to be considered a rousing success.
Oh, and by the way, the movie’s really, really good.
It’s not a perfect movie, but it’s definitely a good one. Gal Gadot’s performance is captivating and triumphant, and the film’s portrayal of Wonder Woman’s first steps into the world of man captures the essence of Diana of Themyscira better than some of us could have dreamed. If you haven’t seen it yet, you really should. Get off the computer/tablet/phone you’re reading this on, and go watch this movie immediately.
Wonder Woman is set to premiere later this week, and it’s one of the most anticipated films of the year. And while most of the world will get to see Diana of Themyscira kick some ass, there’s one country the Warner Bros film won’t be coming to. The Nation of Lebanon has officially banned the movie.
The reason behind the ban has to do with the film’s Israeli star Gal Gadot. Israel requires most of its citizens to do compulsory military service, and Gadot served from 2005 to 2007. Lebanon and Israel are technically at war right now, though they’ve maintained a cease fire since 2006. The Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade requested the ban, though the ban took Lebanese theaters by surprise (as the film itself has nothing to do with Israel).
This shouldn’t end up affecting Warner Bros’ bottom line of course, as there were only fifteen theaters set to show the film in the country. It’s still disappointing for fans in the country who had hoped to see the film.
Wonder Woman comes out in this country on June 2nd.
While the marketing has felt a little light on Wonder Woman, Warner Bros has released a final trailer for the film that’s due at the beginning of next month. And you know what? It’s a pretty epic trailer.
Honestly, this is the first film set in the DCEU that I’m genuinely excited for. My expectations aren’t all that high based on the studio behind it (and the fact that the film seems determined to stick to the washed out color palette found in other DCEU films), but I think this one has the shot to be great.
I look forward to finding out whether or not my hope is justified.
Wonder Woman hits theaters (right in the face) June 2nd.
A new trailer came out for Wonder Woman this weekend, and it focuses on her origin and the Amazons. Thankfully, rather than providing answers, it instead asks questions. Like why can’t Diana know where she came from?
Wonder Woman is probably one of the films we’re most anticipating this year, as many of us are hoping it will be the film that rights the DCEU ship. Frankly this is going to be the first time that Wonder Woman gets a solo film in the character’s over three quarters of a century history, so it’s important no matter what. Here’s hoping it’s as good as it looks.
The one redeeming thing that came out of 2016 for the DCEU was Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. I mean, the rest of that film was pretty much nonsensical garbage that occasionally looked neat, and Suicide Squad only seemed decent because it was significantly better than Batman v Superman.
Kind of like how getting punched in the gut is a much more pleasant experience than getting your arm sawed off.
Because of that, we’re all pretty hyped about the upcoming solo Wonder Woman film coming out next year. The cast is good, the director isn’t a certain mediocre someone whose name rhymes with Wack Schmyder, and what we’ve seen so far has looked pretty awesome. Well, we have a new trailer for the film now, and it too looks pretty great.
Not a lot else to say, as we can only tell so much from a trailer. But from what we can see, the film appears to be going in the right direction. Personally, I’m still pretty excited about this thing.
Wonder Woman opens June 2, 2017.
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