With Wonder Woman expected to take the top spot at the box office again in its second week, Film School Rejects has revealed multiple pieces of concept art from Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of the Film that highlight some details fans may have missed upon their initial viewing — including the detail that went into making each piece of weaponry distinct.
One of the most important locations in the film is that of Themyscira, the home of the Amazons. It’s where the first half of the film is set, with much of the time on Themyscira focusing on Diana’s journey to becoming a hero. It’s also where we meet Steve Trevor, essentially kick-starting Diana’s turn into Wonder Woman. It’s a breathtaking location — with Italy’s famed Amalfi Coast serving as the Paradise Island on screen — yet the concept art for the island appears to be even more stunning.
When Diana took to the tower to steal both the Godkiller and a shield, we got to see the Princess take a moment to look on in admiration for the iconic Wonder Woman costume. It was a quick scene, one that ended with the Princess taking the costume off-screen and changing into it before meeting up with Chris Pine’s Trevor, but it’s an important one. And going off of the below concept art, it’s one where not much changed from page to screen, except for the housing unit for the costume.
Perhaps the best piece of art from the book, however, is the one that spotlights the amount of detail that went into the weapons. According to production designer Aline Bonetto, each piece of weaponry is as distinct as the armor each of the Amazons wear in the film. Shown below is the amount of detail that went into Queen Hippolyta’s sword.
There was also a great amount of thought that went into designing the iconic hero’s costume so that it was both practical and noteworthy. The same can be said for the lasso of truth, also known as the lasso of Hestia. It was important that they found a way for the lasso of truth to be just as iconic on screen as it has been in the comics throughout the years.
And finally, there’s the concept art for the defining moment in Wonder Woman that nearly wasn’t: No Man’s Land. It’s a powerful scene that sees Diana truly become Wonder Woman for the first time, and the below piece of concept art manages to capture the power behind the moment.
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.
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