Wonder Woman is a 2017 American superhero film based on the DC Comics character of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the fourth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins, with a screenplay by Allan Heinberg, from a story by Heinberg & Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen and Elena Anaya. In Wonder Woman, after American pilot Steve Trevor crashes on the island of Themyscira and tells Diana Prince about World War I, Diana leaves her home to try to stop the war and becomes Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is the first summer tent pole superhero film directed by a woman, and Jenkins is the first woman to direct a superhero film with a female protagonist. Wonder Woman premiered in Shanghai on May 15, 2017, and is scheduled to be released in the United States on June 2, 2017, in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D.
In the early 20th century, the Amazon princess Diana, who is living on the island of Themyscira, meets American military pilot Steve Trevor when he washes ashore. After learning from him about the ongoing events of World War I, she leaves her home for London to bring an early end to the war.
Development for a theatrical-release Wonder Woman film began in 1996, with Ivan Reitman attached as producer and possible director. Three years later, the project was attached to Jon Cohen, who was adapting Wonder Woman for producer Joel Silver, with the hope that Sandra Bullock would star. Silver approached Todd Alcott two years later to write the screenplay, with Silver Pictures backing the project. Early gossip linked actresses such as Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Bullock, Rachel Bilson, Nadia Bjorlin, Megan Fox, Eliza Dushku and Catherine Zeta-Jones to the role of Wonder Woman. Leonard Goldberg, speaking in a May 2001 interview, named Bullock as a strong candidate for the project. Bullock claimed that she was approached for the role, while wrestler Chyna expressed interest. Turning down the part in the past, Xena’s Lucy Lawless indicated that she would have been more interested if Wonder Woman was portrayed as a “flawed hero.” The screenplay then went through various drafts written by Alcott, Cohen, Becky Johnston, and Philip Levens and by August 2003, Levens was replaced by screenwriter Laeta Kalogridis.
In March 2005, Warner Bros. and Silver Pictures announced that Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) would write and direct the film adaptation of Wonder Woman, with a reported salary was of $2 to $3 million. Since Whedon was directing Serenity at the time, and required time to research Wonder Woman’s background, he did not begin the screenplay until late 2005. While Whedon stated in May 2005 that he would not cast Wonder Woman until he finished the script, Charisma Carpenter, Morena Baccarin, and Priyanka Chopra were in talks to portray Wonder Woman in the film adaptation by Whedon. After nearly two years, however, Whedon had not written a finished draft, and in 2007 left the project.