Over the past weekend DC Films’ Wonder Woman was a massive box office success. That success was garnered by the film’s characters and their complex arcs, most notably the relationship between Diana (Gal Gadot) and Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). However, Zack Snyder, the producer of the film, revealed the male lead was nearly cut out of the movie early on.
The book Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film includes a number of creator interviews. One particularly interesting interview features Snyder’s thoughts on the film’s earliest drafts.
“Early on we talked about whether or not we would bring [Steve] into the story,” Snyder said. “Steve is so deep in the mythology that after some debate we found that just like Wonder Woman needs Steve, we needed Steve too. We need to be able to look at Wonder Woman through the eyes of the audience.”
With the benefit of hindsight, it’s difficult to imagine Wonder Woman without Steve, who plays a pivotal role, not just in his relationship with Diana and the actions he undertook, but with the audience as well. Viewers saw the island of Themyscira, and in fact Wonder Woman herself, through his eyes.
Considering how audiences fell in love with the dynamic between the World War I soldier and the Amazon Princess, it appears as though the correct decision was made in not cutting Steve Trevor out of Wonder Woman.
In theaters nationwide, director Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Danny Huston as General Erich Ludendorff, David Thewlis as Ares, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.