Amid scrutiny for perceived under-promotion for the film, a new two-and-a-half minute “Wonder Woman” trailer arrived Sunday night during the MTV Movie & TV Awards.
The trailer gives a pretty clear picture of Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) motivations in leaving Themyscira (being warned “mankind does not deserve” her) and her character arc, along with a little bit more information about the villains — especially Doctor Poison (Elena Anaya), who is specifically mentioned by Chris Pine’s Steve Trevor as a major threat. The trailer is set to the gradually building sounds of the song “Warrior” by Imagine Dragons. (Also, Wonder Woman as a cute little kid.)
In recent weeks, outlets including Uproxx, Vanity Fair and Vogue have published pieces critical of Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s marketing of “Wonder Woman,” with Uproxx specifically pointing out the higher amount of promotional videos on Warner Bros.’ YouTube for last year’s “Suicide Squad” at the same point in that film’s release cycle. “Wonder Woman” marketing received more bad press following an announced tie-in with protein bar brand Think Thin.
Yet with a little less than four weeks to go before the release, things appear to be picking up: the MTV Movie & TV Awards is a high-profile slot (which Sony and Marvel Studios also used to debut a new “Spider-Man: Homecoming” spot), several TV spots have debuted in the past two weeks and “Wonder Woman” was also featured with a promotional clip last Monday during Fox’s DC Comics-based series “Gotham.”
“Wonder Woman” director Patty Jenkins talked about Doctor Poison during a press event in London earlier this year, attended by CBR. “She’s an interesting character because we don’t get super-into her backstory, but we know her backstory, which is, she’s a woman who has had all kind of damage in her life, and now she delights — and I’ve known people like this — in bringing that to other people’s lives,” Jenkins told reporters. “‘Oh, now you see what I know. You can’t take it.’ There is that way of being a damaged and dark person, where you’re waiting for other people to face that wrath, too.”
Directed by Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot in the title role and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, “Wonder Woman” is scheduled for release on June 2.