21 thoughts on “Why Are We Covering Wonder Woman?

  1. The square-collared blouse on Lucy Davis / Etta Candy – what little we can see of it – looks suspiciously like Folkwear Patterns’ “Armistice Blouse” pattern – which was, of course, based on designs from that exact era. (I’ve made a few.)

    1. And a lovely thing it is too [I just finished mine!] We have just watched Batman V Superman, and are looking forward to Wonder Woman, very bad-ass indeed, but not a bad ass. Ahem.

  2. Minor correction: Lucy Davis wasn’t in Office Space; there is no British Office Space. She was in the original UK The Office.

  3. God, yes! WW was my first-ever crush as a kid. I actually got a bit teared up over the trailer. I dunno why they decided to move it back to WWI instead of 2, but, what the hell. My only cavil is that WW never killed anyone in the original comics, but I can live with it.

      1. WWI also makes sense in the context of the postwar period bringing the dawn of women’s rights. That period leads into suffrage, less restrictive clothing, bobbed hair, and a variety of other new freedoms for women that fit in nicely with a character like Wonder Woman.

        Provided the producers were even thinking that deeply.

        1. Except that a WWII setting was so very much part of Wonder Woman’s origin– the war effort needed women to take the jobs of soldiers and keep the country running, and she was emblematic of that movement as much as Rosie the Riveter and the “We Can Do It!” poster.

          WW was the female equivalent of Captain America, and it’s obvious that when Marvel not only launched the CA film series with a WWII-set origin film, but continued the WWII adventures of Peggy Carter in “Agent Carter” on television, the producers felt they had to shift “Wonder Woman” to another era.

          Wikipedia says it was originally set in WWII in early drafts of the script, but now is going to be the first of three films, each one taking the character closer to the present.

          While the costumes in those photos are great, I can’t get my head past the fact that Steve Trevor and Etta Candy are in there. Sure, Diana isn’t going to age, but are they just out of the story after this one? Or are we going to get “Steve Trevor, Jr.” and “Steve Trevor III”?

          1. When the TV series moved from the ’40s to the one contemporary with the air dates, Steve Trevor’s son—still played by Lyle Waggoner—became WW’s new love interest, so there’s a precedent.

            And my “explanation” of the WWI setting was just my shot at giving the filmmakers an excuse for changing the period.

  4. I’m so bloody excited about this movie. Other than Affleck’s Batman, which I loved, she was the only thing worth watching in Dawn of Justice.

    Sticking with the WWII era would obviously have been truer to the comic book roots, but with Marvel’s Captain America having his own origin movie in that era and, I suppose, with the current run of DC’S Bombshells already featuring a WWII Wonder Woman, the change makes sense.
    I find it quite refreshing actually – something a little different!

    The blue dress was the only real issue I spotted in the trailer too, but, like you said, I figured it was a goddess/deliberate stand out decision, especially because everyone else around her seems to be getting it right!
    The final scene with Etta Candy I’m guessing is early on in the film, not long after she leaves Themyscria. If Etta is going to be as important in the films as she was in the comic books (please say so, DC!), it makes sense for her to meet WW early on. That might well explain the hair!

    1. The blue dress, I think is actually a few years out of date. It looks like they were going for an early Vionnet dress from 1913/1914: https://www.flickr.com/photos/ateliersol/1968215135/in/set-72157602156412189/
      Or a Fortuny dress from the same period, sans the pleating. The color seems a bit Fortuny/Poiret from the first half of the decade, definitely not a Vionnet color, she favored light colors. In fashion terms, Diana would be standing out by being 4 to 5 years out of fashion. But she’s a goddess and can thus pull off anything.

      I will now take a moment to confess my love of the 1970’s TV show, and admit that I dearly want all of Lynda Carter/Diana Prince’s 70’s wardrobe (even if I can’t really pull it off)

  5. I’m so bloody excited about this movie. Other than Affleck’s Batman, which I loved, she was the only thing worth watching in Dawn of Justice.

    I found a lot of stuff worth watching in “Dawn of Justice” and Wonder Woman was one of them. It’s interesting that the movie will be set in WW1, instead of WW2.

    Has anyone seen Season One of the 1970s series with Lynda Carter? Only that particular season was set in the 1940s. The seasons that followed were in the series’ present.

    1. The Lynda Carter series started on ABC as a TV movie, a set of specials, and a full season, all set in WWII; while the ratings were good and the show got a lot of attention, the cost of doing it as a period piece caused ABC to hesitate over renewing it.

      CBS took advantage of ABC’s slowness in committing, and made Warner Bros. a better offer– with the provision that it be updated to the present day.

      The premise became that after the war, Wonder Woman returned to Paradise Island and returned 35 years later to encounter Steve Trevor, Jr. (still Lyle Waggoner) who had grown up hearing about WW from his father, though he never met her or saw a photo.

      Dad Trevor never apparently mentioned working with Diana Prince, though, because she picked up the same civilian identity without Junior noticing that she never aged a day, either.

  6. Saw it when it first came out; haven’t seen it since. I lived through WWII, so I have some hazy recollections, but the uniforms and such seemed pretty good.

  7. Some observations on the uniforms and the timing of America’s entry into the war. Steve spends much of his time in the trailer in German uniform. That’s a German pilot’s kit in the opening beach scene–note the “Blue Max” cross at his throat–at one point he’s walking away from a Fokker biplane on an airfield, and the fancy-dress ball is top-heavy with the Kaiser’s finest. Obviously, he’s serving as a spy (see also his line to WW, “This is too dangerous, I can’t let you do this…). Conversely, whenever he isn’t undercover, he and Diana are surrounded by British military–for example, in the train station–and those are Tommies going “over the top” during WW’s trench warfare scene. He also has a British secretary. The conclusion I draw here is that he volunteered to serve in the British army prior to the US entry into the war, so using that as a basis for the date may not necessarily apply.

  8. Of course, a number of American aviators went to the UK prior to the outbreak of WWII to join the Eagle Squadrons. Once the US entered the war, these units were remanded to the US Army Air Force. I suppose this is what inspired Trevor’s action in WWI. btw, since WW is immortal, I happen to know this Scottish guy…

  9. On the other hand, the US could very well be in the fight already, and Steve might be on loan to the Brits as a spy. It would be odd if our “All-American” heroine were to make her debut as a Britsh army secret weapon, but one is left to speculate in the dark until more plot details fall off the internets.

    (PS, a correction- monoplane, not biplane.)

  10. I feel pretty certain that setting WW in WW1 is a deliberate attempt to channel Downton Abbey and perhaps attract a few of its devotees to come and see this film. And, of course I’ll go see it, probably wearing my pussy hat.

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