It looks like the DC Extended Universe is moving toward a lighter tone beginning with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman. According to the director, the first female-fronted superhero movie will have a few funny moments in between the fierce battle against a powerful opponent.
Becoming A Little Less Intense
The DCEU is not exactly known for its sense of humor. From Man of Steel to last year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the heroes of Warner Bros. have remained rather serious and that does not always bode well with the audience.
David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, however, offered a breath of fresh air. While the villain movie has its fair share of flaws, it was able to become humorous and sarcastic. Still, the movie did not stray from the darker color palette that the cinematic universe has been known for.
In an interview with ComicBook at WonderCon, Jenkins revealed that Wonder Woman will deviate from other DC movies. According to the filmmaker, the upcoming solo superhero flick will considerably be lighter.
“[W]e definitely went for making a funny film,” she stated. She also pointed out that Superman I and Indiana Jones are some of her inspirations. “I wanted to make a classic film where you’re laughing and you’re in love with them and then they’re off on a fun great adventure.”
The fans did get a dose of the lighter, funnier tone in the trailers and sneak peeks released in the past few months. In between blocking bullets and smashing things, it is nice to see that Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) can have fun.
A Serious Threat
Jenkins also talked about the decision to bring Ares to the big screen. In her first solo movie, Diana Prince will have to face the God of War.
The threat has always been magnanimous for the heroes of the DCEU. In Man of Steel, Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) faced General Zod, a warlord in Superman’s home planet Krypton. He was a powerful opponent and his arrival on Earth and the subsequent battle against Superman led to the events of the next movie.
In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the real villain is Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) who, while human, was able to become a real threat by pitting Superman versus Batman. He also created an almost unkillable alien creature that ultimately killed Superman.
So, Diana, in her first venture to the land of man encounters one of Wonder Woman’s biggest threats in the comic books: Ares.
The fictional supervillain is not very different from his counterpart in the Greek mythology. He also is the God of War who has the capacity to provoke battle and slaughter in his presence. He draws his power from destruction.
Instead of Cheetah or Circe, Jenkins think that bringing Ares to the big screen is the right direction for Wonder Woman. “I think if you’re going to start off big, start off right with the greatest villain,” she stated.
Doctor Poison, an expert in using poisons and plagues, will also make her cinematic debut in the upcoming movie.
Wonder Woman Movie Synopsis, Cast, Release Date
Diana Prince is an Amazonian princess trained to become an unconquerable warrior. When an American military pilot named Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) washes ashore to the isolated paradise island of Themyscira, Diana leaves her home and family and set off to London to end all wars.
Wonder Woman also stars Connie Nielsen, Samantha Jo, Ewen Bremmer, David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston and Robin Wright. Allan Heinberg of Grey’s Anatomy penned the script. The movie will be released on Jun. 2 with a PG-13 rating in the U.S.