‘Wonder Woman’: 13 Spoilers We Learned From the Trailers
While many of us have been looking forward to 2017 because we finally get a Justice League movie, it’s what comes directly before that film that has us truly excited. Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, hits theaters June 2, 2017.
Already fans are buzzing. A trio of exciting new full-length trailers have only served to stoke the flame, providing a solid look at what’s to come for the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era.
There’s a lot riding on the success of Wonder Woman. For DC, we have a studio that’s still looking to prove its mettle in a crowded field of superhero franchises. On a larger scale, Hollywood executives need to see that a woman can lead a comic book film, with the only other attempts being the wildly terrible Catwoman and Elektra movies. Wonder Woman‘s set of trailers fortunately do a lot to assuage any doubts we may have.
So let’s jump in and see what we have here, shall we?
1. Chris Pine stars as Steve Trevor
The first trailer opens on a deserted beach. A man is washed up ashore, while our hero peers over him curiously. As he awakens, she bemusedly points out, “You’re a man.” And so Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Diana Prince meet for the first time, sparking one of DC’s most iconic relationships this side of Lois Lane and Clark Kent.
For this couple, the script is often flipped. Traditionally, Steve plays the “damsel in distress,” while Wonder Woman frequently comes to his rescue. In the context of the Wonder Woman movie, he acts as her entryway into our world, with Diana having spent her life on the mythical island of Themyscira.
2. ‘Be careful, Diana … they do not deserve you’
We’re not exactly sure what it is that makes Wonder Woman leave her home for our world, but it’s clear she’s here on a mission. It’s also immediately understood that she’s not without her enemies, evidenced by the sword stashed in the back of her dress during what appears to be a generally weapon-free dinner party.
Danny Huston plays her adversary in this particular scene, dressed as a military-type circa World War I. Having already played William Stryker in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, it wouldn’t be the actor’s first time portraying a shifty officer.
3. A classic DC villain in the form of Doctor Poison
Details on our villains have been scarce, but the final Wonder Woman trailer finally gave us a hint. “The boys in the trenches called her Doctor Poison,” Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) reveals, pointing toward a classic DC baddie whose debut dates all the way back to 1942. Her comic origin has been tweaked slightly, but her role seems similar: To help the Germans win a major World War.
4. She was brought to life by Zeus
One of the prevailing themes of the first trailer is the emphasis that Diana has never seen a man, before stumbling on Steve Trevor on the beaches of her home island. This of course, leads us to one, logical question: what about her father? That question gets answered quickly, as Wonder Woman tells Steve how she was “brought to life by Zeus,” diving into the Greek mythology often associated with her comic book origin.
That leads us straight down a path of, “Wait, so the Greek gods are real in the DC movie-verse?” — although that might be a question best saved for another day.
5. Diana was trained from birth to be Themyscira’s greatest warrior
The “Origin” trailer for Wonder Woman paints a picture of a hero trained from a young age to be a skilled fighter. As her mother says, “You will train her harder than any Amazon before her — five times harder, 10 times harder.” This brutal and unforgiving training regiment forges her into a living weapon, setting the stage for her journey to our world to help save mankind from certain doom.
6. The God Killer sword
In DC’s comics, the God Killer sword is a powerful weapon wielded by Zeus himself, capable of guiding the hand of its user in battle, and emitting powerful shock blasts when called upon. Most recently, it’s been seen in the hands of Deathstroke, but for the movie-verse we’ll see Wonder Woman as the primary wielder.
Initially, she’s told as a child that she lacks the necessary power to use it. Later on as an adult, she takes the sword for herself as she gears up to leave Themyscira.
7. ‘She must never know the truth about what she is.’
If you’re brought to life by Zeus, odds are you’re going to be born with some considerable godly gifts. It would certainly explain the origin of her super-strength, as well as her invulnerability to most attacks. From the look of it though, her lineage is kept a secret from her, indicated by a telling line stating she “can never know the truth about what she really is.” Why that’d be withheld from her is difficult to tell, but we imagine there must be a damn good reason.
8. Mankind arrives in Themyscira
While Wonder Woman spends much of her time traveling from Themyscira to our world, it looks as though mankind comes to her at some point in the story. In the trailer we see men with guns and bayonets battling Diana’s people, bringing war to the doorstep of our hero’s home. This could very well be the catalyzing event that causes Diana to lose her faith in humanity as seen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It could also just be your run-of-the-mill battle scene used to show off some pretty amazing ass-kicking action sequences.
9. The Lasso of Truth remains her weapon of choice
Wonder Woman’s lasso is as iconic as Captain America’s shield, acting as one of her primary weapons in battle. Known popularly as the “Lasso of Truth” in the comics, anyone caught by it is rendered incapable of telling a lie. It’s also shown as having incredible tensile strength, having successfully contained heroes like Captain Marvel and Superman in the past. Here we see it being used to take down a group of attackers in hand-to-hand combat, glowing bright gold to signify its godly powers.
10. ‘What I do is not up to you.’
The overall message of DC’s Wonder Woman movie is summed up perfectly in a single exchange shown in the Comic-Con trailer. We see Steve Trevor speaking to Diana, telling her that he “can’t let you do this.” In the ultimate “screw your early-1900s patriarchy” move, she matter-of-factly lets Steve know that “what I do is not up to you.”
It’s a not-so-subtle attempt to show that Diana is a hero with autonomy, not beholden to anyone, whether it’s the man she loves or otherwise. Beyond that, it’s promising to see the film handling a female superhero as someone who’s defined by more than her relationships with the men in her life, an area where past movies have stumbled.
11. We see Wonder Woman at the peak of her badass-ery
The trailers flash to a series of slow motion fight scenes, putting Wonder Woman’s full range of ass-kicking ability on display for us all. Nothing says, “I’m not to be trifled with” like taking a rifle and shattering it across your back like it’s a goddamn toothpick. How anyone will be able to take down a indestructible demigoddess is hard to imagine, putting her abilities on par with the Man of Steel himself (sans the vulnerability to weird green space rocks).
12. Diana Prince
In the comics, Wonder Woman’s alter ego is “Diana Prince.” The final trailer shows Diana introducing herself to a pair of British officers, and is stopped short of revealing her identity as a princess of Themyscira. Trevor thinks on his feet in the moment, interrupting to introduce her as Diana Prince, and gifting her a secret identity that she’ll use to stay hidden circa Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
13. Wonder Woman’s best friend from the comics, Etta Candy
After the Comic-Con trailer cuts to the Wonder Woman logo set to the Led Zeppelin-esque theme song we first heard in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we get a quick bumper featuring a familiar face from the comics. Lucy Davis plays Etta Candy, a character known to most fans as Diana’s closest friend and confidante. Etta was created all the way back in 1942, and even by today’s standards, she’s a progressive and intriguing female character.
We see this in her character’s description, provided to us in Tim Hanley’s book, Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine, “Etta’s appearance was a stark contrast to the svelte, wasp-waisted women depicted in most comic books, and Etta was a brave and heroic leader who was always in the thick of the fight beside her friend Wonder Woman.” Yup, sounds like the perfect foil for Gal Gadot to us.
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