wonder woman trailer

While it’s set a couple of decades before the late ’30s/early ’40s settings of The Rocketeer and Captain America: The First Avenger, Wonder Woman gives me a similar vibe. There are few things that please me quite like watching fantastical genre tales set in the first half of the 20th century, a time of great change, great horrors, and unlimited possibilities. Modern day stories, where everything can be seen with a satellite, lack the wonder (pardon the pun) of an era where the world was beginning to open up, but still remained mysterious.

wonder woman trailer

One thing the trailer makes clear is that there’s more going on beyond World War I, which should be enough conflict for a dozen films, but hey, this is a comic book movie. At least Wonder Woman appears to be directly tying the threat to the actual horrors of the period, namely chemical weapons…even if those chemical weapons appear to have been science fiction-ed to the point where they destroy a gas mask before getting to work on the person within.

wonder woman trailer

So who is this? In the real world, she’s Elena Anaya, a Spanish actress whose credits include The Skin I Live In and The Infiltrator. In the case of Wonder Woman, it’s not entirely clear. Her character was not revealed when she was cast, but her moments in the trailer indicate that she’s up to no good. The mask covering the lower half of her face resembles the actual medical appliances that were used to cover up injuries at the time, which indicates that she has seen her fair share of combat. There are definite shades of Boardwalk Empire‘s Richard Harrow in her character design…

wonder woman trailer

Speaking of characters whose identities remain under lock and key, here’s Danny Huston as…someone! The fact that he’s wearing a German uniform (and the fact that he’s played be Danny Huston) suggests that this guy is our chief villain, but nothing about him is unveiled in the trailer. However, early buzz had suggested that Wonder Woman‘s main baddie was Ares, the God of War. Could Huston be playing that role? After all, it would be a fascinating turn if an ancient deity who thrives on carnage had integrated himself into the war machine of one of mankind’s greatest conflicts to stoke the fires of war and keep himself powerful…

wonder woman trailer

Period setting or not, Wonder Woman is still a comic book movie, which means it will still have things like sky portals and science fiction explosions. Those are the rules. It also gives us more to chew on about what Danny Huston’s lead villain may be up to and what kind of technology (or is it magic?) he may possess.

wonder woman trailer

This lovely shot of Themyscira is a good excuse to talk about the film’s color palette, which is bright and varied and so very different from the likes of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Although the war scenes resort to that typical bleached look (which is a war movie thing and a DC movies thing), they’re surrounded with shots where the colors are vibrant and beautiful, providing those desolate battlefields with a contrast. If war is a colorless hell, Wonder Woman looks to show us the world worth fighting for.

wonder woman trailer

If you were hoping Wonder Woman would get a suiting-up montage, it certainly looks like you won’t leave disappointed. The change here seems to be that Diana absconds with her weapons and armor rather than accepting them as gifts from her fellow Amazons.

wonder woman trailer

Here’s an example of that color contrast at work. This smoggy modern skyline looks appropriately grotesque after looking upon that pristine Themyscira skyline.

wonder woman trailer

While Steve Trevor is a war hero and a capable soldier, he’s no superhero. Watching him get protected by Diana could be one of the film’s highlights, especially if Pine is willing to forego ego and let himself be the damsel in distress. The little yelp he gives after Diana deflects a bullet meant for him suggests that he may be game for that.

wonder woman trailer

Wonder Woman is, by the very nature of her existence, a feminist character, so watching her protect a man from a team of hitmen while posing as a secretary in an age where women were still fighting to vote is a stirring image. In other news: this overhead shot is pretty nifty.

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