Wonder Woman 1984 recently premiered in theaters and on HBO Max, marking the first major Universal blockbuster to debut on the streaming platform. The second entry into the Wonder Woman series and ninth film in the DC Extended Universe is unique in its setting and costume design, taking place in 1984 rather than the modern alternate reality that most of the series is set in. With any period piece comes the challenge of capturing the look and feel of the time period, but it's even more difficult when you throw in a golden suit of armor from a mythical civilization, as the costumers recently noted.
The '80s setting offers a new lens into Diana Prince’s backstory, exploring exactly what Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman was up to before becoming a member of the Justice League and where she got that sweet golden armor set. However, the armor proved to be a challenge for production. Costume Designer Lindy Hemming and the production crew went to some serious lengths to make it work in the film, noting,
The most important thing was not to make it mirror-like in any way, so you couldn’t see crew reflections, and if you did see any, they were abstract. So, all credit goes to the technicians who worked on it. It took at least six months from the first drawings and discussions to finish. From the drawings, we went into the 3D modeling. The costume is a bodysuit with a corset to support it all, and was made from individual panels so she could move.
In her interview with Variety, Lindy Hemming noted that there’s a lot of work that goes into nailing a suit of that caliber, and the metallic nature made it all the more difficult. Despite the individual panel approach, Gal Gadot still had difficulties moving around in the suit of golden armor. Production also made sure that the on-screen suit was inspired by the original comic books:
In the comic book series, there are two stories 'Kingdom Come' and 'Burning Devastation' where we are introduced to the Golden Armor and it has this very American feeling to it with the eagle motif and headdress. In one sequence [in the comic], she wears it with the American flag draped over it, so that’s where we started.
While Wonder Woman 1984 is drastically different than its predecessor in both setting and tone; it proved to be a success for Warner and HBO Max, nabbing over 100 million at the box office. But some are still concerned, including Tenet director Christopher Nolan, about the dramatic approach the studio is taking with its upcoming slate of 2021 films, all of which will be following the same release structure as Wonder Woman 1984.
Regardless of Universal’s decision, Wonder Woman fans will still be able to catch up with Diana Prince in the upcoming Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which premieres on HBO Max in March. Perhaps reshoots will be able to bring the iconic golden armor back to the fold. Until then, keep tabs on the latest DCEU, Wonder Woman and Justice League news here at CinemaBlend.