Instead of taking place immediately after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the majority of Wonder Woman follows Diana of Themyscira 100 years ago, when she ventured to "man's world" for the first time during World War I. Outside of a quick flashback in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, World War I isn't a period that superhero movies have delved into in the modern era, so helps make Wonder Woman more unique. However, making the movie look like it took place in the devastating 1910s global conflict was not an easy feat, and one of the challenges the crew had to deal with was filming the trench scenes in cold weather. Cinematographer Matthew Jensen explained:
Plotting out war scenes for a movie is complicated enough, but having to dig trenches and suffer through horrible weather on top of that is daunting. Still, the weather Wonder Woman's cast and crew faced while in Europe is what the soldiers suffered through during the real Great War, so that's par for the course. Matthew Jensen also revealed to IGN that the Wonder Woman crew also dealt with weather issues when shooting the Themysciran battle scenes in Italy, as well as the water that served as the mythical island's shores. But Jensen commended Gal Gadot for her work ethic during filming, because unlike the crew members who were wearing layers, she was wearing Wonder Woman's trademark costume, which doesn't offer anything in the way of warmth. Jensen said:
While the weather was less than ideal during the winter months of Wonder Woman's principal photography, judging from what's been shown in the photos and trailers, the crew did an excellent job of making the movie look incredible. Along with her time on Themyscira and fighting on the World War I battlefields, Wonder Woman will also show Diana learning about humanity in London, which she initially describes as "hideous." But at least in those scenes Gal Gadot was wearing more clothing, so the cold wasn't as much of an issue
Wonder Woman arrives in theaters this Friday, June 2.
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