Wonder Woman 1984 Amazonian Olympics

In the 66 years since leaving Themyscira, Diana has not returned to her mythical home island. The Amazonian princess has spent more than half a century dutifully protecting humanity, as she had sworn to do during the events of Wonder Woman. But audiences loved the lush green isles and sandy dunes of Themyscira, and so, clearly, did director Patty Jenkins. The filmmaker is reportedly considering a spin-off centering on the Amazon warriors, but before that, she gives them the spotlight again in Wonder Woman 1984.

No, unfortunately, we won’t be seeing Amazon warriors in ’80s garb, but we will get another glimpse at Diana’s childhood competing in the Amazon Games, a high-stakes triathlon competition akin to the Olympics. At the visit to the set of Wonder Woman 1984, /Film even got to see some of the courses that a young Diana would run through in these games.

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wonder woman 1984 diana and steve

Chris Pine sat in his chair on the set of Wonder Woman 1984, his brow furrowed as he pondered the question from one of the journalists visiting the set of the superhero film. The answer he gave was just as serious and erudite as he appears to be — much more philosophical than we’re used to getting on the set of a comic book movie. But as Pine rattles off words like “archaic” and “cataclysmic,” all eyes except his suddenly turn to Gal Gadot behind him, comically poised to creep up and grab his shoulder, surprising Pine. Pine’s face lights up, and the serious atmosphere that had taken hold of the entire group beforehand eases, as Gadot settles into a seat next to Pine and the two of them give the group a peek of the sparkling banter that made the first Wonder Woman such a hit.

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Wonder Woman 1984 Photos

When Wonder Woman was released in 2017, Warner Bros. was in the midst of trying to build its DC Film universe. It had laid the foundation with Man of Steel and Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and was attempting to quick-bake itself a cinematic universe that would culminate in the team-up film Justice League. But when Wonder Woman hit theaters just a few months before Justice League, it became a box office sensation, attracting audiences for its standalone nature that barely made any allusions to the greater DC Film universe.

That standalone success was something that director Patty Jenkins would double down on in Wonder Woman 1984, the not-a-sequel to Wonder Woman that takes place decades before Wonder Woman is supposedly introduced to the world in Batman vs. Superman. But how exactly does it fit into the wider DC Film universe, or DC Extended Universe, when Wonder Woman is doing her duty to protect humanity in a very public fashion? Producer Charles Roven explained it all to /Film during a set visit to Wonder Woman 1984.

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Wonder Woman 1984 - Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot

Sequels are par for the course for superhero movies. If a first comic book movie was successful, than there is bound to be a follow-up to expand on the continuing adventures of the hero. But Patty Jenkins wanted to make sure from the beginning that Wonder Woman 1984 wasn’t just seen as a simple sequel to her 2017 smash hit Wonder Woman.

The title is the first obvious move at distancing the film from the sequel structure (there’s no Wonder Woman 2 here), the second is the 66-year separation between Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984. But the main thrust of why Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t a sequel is that it’s a film prioritizes “the story first” over telling the second part in the “greater picture,” Jenkins told /Film during a set visit to Wonder Woman 1984.

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Cheetah is one of Wonder Woman’s most famous rogues, even considered by some to be the Amazonian princess’ main archnemesis. And on paper, it’s easy to see why: Cheetah is all rage and envy to Wonder Woman’s subdued nobility; matching Diana punch-for-punch in sheer physical power but not in emotional strength. Created by William Moulton Marston as an allegory for the folly of “abnormal emotions” like jealousy and to embody the “less developed women,” Cheetah (played by Kristen Wiig in the film) was conceived as the perfect emotional foil for Wonder Woman, and has maintained that reputation. For Wonder Woman 1984 director Patty Jenkins, she was too juicy of a character to not use.

“There have been many physical manifestations of Cheetah, but the core has always been the same, which is someone who wishes they could be like these other superheroes and gods, ” Jenkins told /Film on the set of Wonder Woman 1984. It’s a fitting follow-up to Wonder Woman, which touched on how gods interfere in the lives of men, to then explore men (or women) who wish to be god-like in Wonder Woman 1984. So fitting that Jenkins had apparently considered planting the seeds of Wonder Woman 1984 in the first film, right down to the introduction of Cheetah.

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wonder woman 1984 set visit report

A pristine recreation of a White House corridor sits in the center of a dark soundstage, where reversing heavy machinery are blaring sirens, Amazon warriors are passing through to get coffee, and confusion reigns. Calmly navigating this controlled chaos is director Patty Jenkins, who smoothly handles several crises while sitting down with a group of journalists visiting the London set of Wonder Woman 1984 in late 2018. She looks positively unruffled, balancing a coffee cup on her knee as a production assistant frantically whispers in her ear about the latest emergency.

“She’s like a real-life Wonder Woman,” I muse to a fellow journalist. It sounds cheesy, I know, but Jenkins would have approved of the corniness. Her 2017 blockbuster phenomenon Wonder Woman wore its cheese on its sleeve, with Gal Gadot’s heroine not hiding her earnest nature and optimism for humanity. It’s a sentiment that Jenkins seeks to continue with the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, which follows Gadot’s Diana Prince in a new adventure in the ’80s.

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There are some unusual requirements to play a bodyguard to a 12-year-old criminal mastermind. For Nonso Anozie, who reunites with his Cinderella director Kenneth Branagh in the upcoming Disney fantasy movie Artemis Fowla few things he had to add to his resume were kendo fighting and “troll fighting.” More so the kendo, as the troll fighting would be mostly done by his stunt double.

“But I did a little stunt this morning, being pushed over by the troll,” Anozie told a group of journalists on the set of Artemis Fowl in 2018.

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artemis fowl josh gad

Josh Gad seems to have a penchant for playing wacky supporting characters in Disney fantasy films. After the wild success of his sentient snowman Olaf in Frozen, the actor has appeared as the foppish Lefou in the live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast, and now as Mulch Diggums in the upcoming Artemis Fowl. The kleptomaniac dwarf is a fan-favorite of Eoin Colfer’s books, the first of which Gad read to prepare for the part, but the thing that drew him to the project was the chance to play in a “high-concept fantasy world” with his Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh.

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artemis fowl fairy world

When you think of fairy tales and all they encompass — elves, dwarves, centaurs — your mind immediately jumps to the mystical, the faraway lands. But the fairy world of Artemis Fowl is a lot closer to our urban sprawl, in more ways than one.

The fairies of Kenneth Branagh‘s upcoming Disney adaptation of the beloved Eoin Colfer fantasy novels live deep underground, far from the prying eyes of the human world. But they’re not living in phosphorescent caves or gleaming crystal castles. The fairy world is a sleek high-tech utopia with technologies that far exceed those of humanity.

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The prevailing magic of children’s fantasy stories is seeing our intrepid heroes come of age in the most fantastical of situations. They enter this strange world timid, unsure, and insecure, and emerge from it a changed, emboldened hero. But Eoin Colfer‘s Artemis Fowl gave us a different kind of hero. In fact, the titular Artemis Fowl was no hero at all.

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