Ahead of this summer’s ‘Wonder Woman’ we’ve been given a glimpse at how Diana Prince (Gal Godot) became the fearless warrior, in the Origin trailer.
So far fans haven’t been given too much to go on in terms of plot and exactly what we can expect, but now audiences get a taste of how things begin and what’s in store when it enters cinemas this June.
But what, if anything, does the trailer actually tell us about the movie itself?
Yep, it’s an origin story
That noise you hear is the collective groan of cinema goers reacting to the idea of this being an origin story, but as ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ will hopefully prove, new life can be squeezed from the format. Similarly, ‘Wonder Woman’ will (ideally) thinly tread the origin tale before focusing on her adulthood and time fighting alongside Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor in Europe.
Lady of the Lands
Well, the Amazonian island Diana and her people inhabit is rather breathtaking – like a blend of ‘Avatar’s’ Pandora mixed with an oceanic sea view of ‘Game of Thrones’; but the beauty of the world she lives in isn’t the sole focus here, not by a long shot.
It is, however, where the film seemingly starts, as we witness Diana grow up through the use of either flashbacks or a contextual, chronological series time-hopping scenes. How often we visit (or re-visit) her homelands throughout the movie isn’t clear, but what we can see is that besides time spent on her adolescence, the catalyst for leaving is when Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands in nearby waters.
The Secret Life of Diana Prince
Her mother, Queen Hippolyta (played by Connie Nielson), wants to hide her extraordinary abilities from her, but clearly doesn’t succeed for long. “She must never know the truth about what she is,” narrates Hippolyta… before inevitably learning the truth during a sparring session.
In Wonder Woman history, Diana’s original backstory has a number of altered versions. First of all she was sculpted from clay by Hippolyta and given life by Athena and granted special powers by the Greek Gods. Later on her origin changed to become the daughter of Zeus, raised by Hippolyta and aunts Antiope and Menalippe.
But which will we see here? It appears that our hero is conventionally raised, but there’s room for her birth to be explored beyond the mystery of the trailer.
War, what is it good for?
So after rescuing Trevor, Diana is whished to WWI enduring London. Her time there appears eventful, shall we say, as she’s embroiled in plenty of battling. We’re privy to so me epic duels both before and after she absconders home – her venture into war-torn Europe genuinely steps up a notch in the action stakes, leading us to believe it’ll be entertaining at least.
Love is in the air
While we don’t bear witness to any actual romance between Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor, there’s definitely a simmering chemistry and implied. Romanticism is rife in the manner in how the trailer’s constructed and during the moments where the pair dance, they do gaze longingly into each other’s eyes.
Chances are director Patty Jenkins won’t cheapen the character by opting for the cliched love narrative. But if writer Greg Rucka’s recent clarification on her past relationships with women are carried through, we may just get the most refreshing twist on sexuality rather than a same-old heterosexual conclusion.
The trailer shows off a pretty epic score and, in truth, it needs to pack a punch considering it’s introducing the Amazonian warrior into a World War setting. And just as we heard when first introduced in ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ early last year, we get a taster of that now symbolic by association electric guitar riff. Now we know the film means business.
‘Wonder Woman’, starring Gal Godot, Chris Pine, and Robyn Wright, is in UK cinemas on 2 June.