On the heels of critical acclaim and positive word-of-mouth, Wonder Woman is well on its way toward a $100 million opening weekend at the domestic box office, an intake which would mark a new record for a female director. Many reviewers have praised the movie’s strong performances and action sequences, but one other driving force behind the rousing success of Diana Prince’s solo debut is the film’s infectious score.
In a recent interview, Wonder Woman composer Rupert Gregson-Williams revealed his first reaction to being told he’d score the character’s full-length silver screen arrival. “I’d seen the TV show back in the day, and of course, Gal’s Wonder Woman really made an impressive mark in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Gregson-Williams explained to Film Music Mag. “I had wondered, like many fans, why such an important figure in the DC Universe had not been explored before, but never dreamt I’d be taking her to the big screen for the first time.”
Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL were the first to create a cinematic theme for the character during her scene-stealing performance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The track was cited by many as the best work the two completed for the film’s soundtrack, so it would have been easy for Gregson-Williams to just copy and paste what had already worked previously. However, he decided it was paramount for him to implement a new theme that mirrored the development of Diana’s character throughout the movie.
“The theme used in that film represents a Diana who is already a super hero, and confident in all things-warrior,” the composer explained. “In our origin movie, I needed to write a fresh theme and original music for the young Diana to represent her naivety. I composed for Diana knowing where the journey might end tonally.”
In theaters now, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana, 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.