When audiences saw the vintage photo in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice revealing Wonder Woman’s involvement in World War I, there’s a good chance they didn’t fully understand the importance of the image for the superheroine’s solo outing. Not only did the photo hint at Diana’s longevity, it also showed her standing alongside comrades whose friendships end up providing the driving force for her origin.
At the time fans obviously didn’t understand the memento’s significance to Wonder Woman, but the filmmakers clearly knew from day one. “That was the first thing that we shot, before we’d even shot a scene [for Wonder Woman] we shot that photograph,” actor Ewen Bremner, who plays Charlie, told to Yahoo Movies.
However, tackling the image first ended up causing a slew of problems for the film’s development. The photo — which in addition to Diana and Charlie also includes Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), Sameer (Saïd Taghmaoui) and The Chief (Eugene Brave Rock) — was captured four months before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was even set for theatrical release, meaning the set designers for Wonder Woman were still early on in production.
“It meant that when we eventually got around to shooting the scene that the [photograph] is from, we had to really painstakingly recreate it,” Bremner continued. “Because we [took the photo] against a half-built set, in a way sets were still being built at that point. So by the time we came around to filming that scene, probably around five months later, the sets were much more developed. So we had to find a way to recreate the exact same image after half a year had gone by.”
In theaters now, director Patty Jenkins’ 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 Sir Patrick, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Elena Anaya as Doctor Poison and Lucy Davis as Etta Candy.