Straight from the island of Themyscira comes a look at Wonder Woman‘s Amazon companions. These aren’t just the run of the mill Amazons though, these are the women that will help teach, train, and shape Princess Diana (Gal Gadot) into the woman who will become the greatest female warrior of the ages. Not only do you get a look at their costumes, director Patty Jenkins (Monster) discusses how that look came about.
Entertainment Weekly published the new photo and broke down just what we’re looking at:
She will need some help getting there, though. Preparing her for a world of men are three regal women: Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta (Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen), and her two military aunts — General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Force Majeure’s Lisa Loven Kongsli). This trio of immortals is responsible for both raising and training Diana — the only child on this estrogen heavy isle — but they don’t always agree.
Hippolyta, a revolutionary leader, longs to shelter her beloved daughter from the outside world, but Antiope, the Amazon responsible for Diana’s training, wants to prepare her. “She is the only child they raised together,” says Jenkins, calling from outside London, where she is deep into the film’s production. “And their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them.”
Those are some fantastic looking costumes. Director Patty Jenkins goes on to talk about how those came about:
To me, they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men. It should be different. It should be authentic and real—and appealing to women.
Jenkins and her costume designer, Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight), crafted a look that showed off the women’s ripped shoulders and toned legs, in outfits that looked practical but that still featured the tropes of the comic book, in particular the braces on their wrists and, yes, even the high heels.
Jenkins defends the impractical footwear. “It’s total wish-fulfillment,” she says, adding that the warriors have flats for heavy fighting. “I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time—the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.”
DC did the right thing putting Jenkins in charge of Wonder Woman, and we’re looking forward to the first trailer. All we ask is that Wonder Woman fight Nazis at some point on the big screen.