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November 30, 2015

Weekly Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #46, The Legend of Wonder Woman #3, Superman/Wonder Woman #23, The Dark Knight III #1

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Things are still hotting up with Wonder Woman's movie world. As well as another shiny new Wonder Woman toy - the box shot says nu52, the outfit says Batman v Superman

New Wonder Woman toy

…there have been a few set photos confirming that some of the action (barring some form of war recreation society, etc) of Wonder Woman will be set during World War I.

Gal Gadot on set in WWI

WWI soldiers

Meanwhile, last week was the usual monthly Wonder Woman week in the comics, with both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman hitting the stands. Also out was the latest The Legend of Wonder Woman, which teams up with Wonder Woman to present us with the message that both war and War are good.

Meanwhile, what's that coming over the hill? Is it a monster?

No, it's Brian Azzarello teaming up with Frank Miller to give us the not especially awaited sequel to the originally much anticipated but eventually much reviled sequel to the seminal The Dark Knight Returns. Yes, Azz has got his hands on Wondy again. What's he going to do with her this time?

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November 23, 2015

Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #2, DC Bombshells #18

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As with last week, most excitement for our Amazon Queen stemmed from movie news. But fashion got a look in, too, funnily enough.

We started by getting our first glimpse of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman, courtesy of Gadot herself.

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in Wonder Woman

The observant will note the presence of Big Ben in the background. Whether that's simply because that's where Wonder Woman will be fighting a wartime menace (Ares, the Nazis, AN Other baddie) or because this is the incorporation of the nu52 orthodoxy that Diana lives in London in modern times, I can't say - I suspect we'll have to wait until the movie is released.

We also got a press release, too.

Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The character will make her big screen debut this spring in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.

The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).

The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”).

Principal photography will take place on location in the UK, France and Italy.

Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

How wonderful.

Of course, this isn't the first effort to get Wonder Woman onto the big screen, although it's certainly the most successful. One previous effort was George Miller's Justice League: Mortal, which was to feature Megan Gale as Wonder Woman. And it's been revealed this week that she would have looked like this:

Megan Gale as Wonder Woman in Justice League: Mortal

Of course, there was also an earlier attempt by one Mr Joss Whedon to develop a Wonder Woman movie. That got as far as a script and if you happen to be in Manhattan Beach, California, on December 5, you can watch the whole thing performed in costume. Maybe.

And if all that weren't enough, Gwyneth Paltrow and Valentino are teaming up to develop their own Wonder Woman clothing line

Gwynnie's Wonder Woman line

But back in the comic book world, last week, things were looking a little better for our Wondy with two appearances, which we'll be perusing after the jump: DC Bombshells #18 and The Legend of Wonder Woman #2

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November 16, 2015

Weekly Wonder Woman: The Legend of Wonder Woman #1

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Set pic from Wonder Woman

Star chairs on Wonder Woman

The talk of the Wonder Woman πόλη this week was, of course, the pics provided by French actor Saïd Taghmaoui from behind the scenes of the Wonder Woman movie, currently filming in this 'ere town of London. Taghmaoui, who claims to be playing a superhero/good guy in the movie (delete according to preferred translation), was pictured in period costume with that Chris Pine, who plays Steve Trevor in the film. Confirmation, in case we needed it, that the movie will be at least partly set in at least one earlier time period, some rumours suggesting there may be as many as three time periods featuring the immortal, ageless Wondy in the movie.

Things were a little quieter in the world of comics, however, with our Diana largely absent from the DC Universe(s), even in those comics also set during the Second World War (DC Bombshells). 

However, slightly earlier than expected, probably due to DC's habit of releasing new comics digitally some months in advance of their collected print publication, we have The Legend of Wonder Woman. Originally scheduled for January, it was originally assumed to be a prequel to either the nu52 or the forthcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, in which our Amazon queen gets to make her movie debut. However, given that

  1. In the movie and the nu52, she's the daughter of Zeus 
  2. In The Legend of Wonder Woman, she's made from clay, as per Volumes 1-3

That seems unlikely, but not impossible. All the same, we'll have a look at it after the jump. We'll also look at some very important advice to the Amazons from Zeus. Very important. So important, he said it in Greek. Can you guess what it might be?

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