Wonder Woman designer compares new costume to Batsuit

Gal Gadot’s new Wonder Woman costume is similar to the Batsuit, according to the costume designer who worked on both famous franchises.Oscar-winning designer Lindy Hemming is behind Gal’s shiny gold armour for Wonder Woman 1984, and while the outfit is…

Gal Gadot’s new Wonder Woman costume is similar to the Batsuit, according to the costume designer who worked on both famous franchises.

Oscar-winning designer Lindy Hemming is behind Gal’s shiny gold armour for Wonder Woman 1984, and while the outfit is visually stunning, Lindy revealed in an interview with Total Film that it wasn’t exactly comfortable to wear.

“It’s like the Batsuit, or anything: all small parts,” Lindy, who also worked on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, explained. “An armadillo-like articulation means that the person can move and twist and turn, and it will return to its previous position. Having said that, it was not pleasant to wear – and no armour of any kind is pleasant to wear!”

Israeli star Gal returns to her superhero alter ego later this year, with Patty Jenkins once again behind the camera and co-stars Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright reprising their roles.

During the promotion of the first film in 2017, the 35-year-old lead actress admitted her costume was so tight she found it hard to breathe at times, prompting Lindy to make some adjustments for the follow-up flick.

“She could wear part of the armour. So she could have her legs free while she was being filmed from the waist up. And the wings would be taken away when they weren’t needed, which was often. Patty wanted the wings to become a one-woman formation of shields, so no one can attack her,” the designer said.

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Wonder Woman 1984 cinema release bumped to October

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled once again.The follow-up to 2017’s hugely successful Wonder Woman was originally due to be released on 5 June, but after the Covid-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to temporarily close, the sequel …

The release of Wonder Woman 1984 has been rescheduled once again.

The follow-up to 2017’s hugely successful Wonder Woman was originally due to be released on 5 June, but after the Covid-19 pandemic forced movie theatres to temporarily close, the sequel was postponed until 14 August.

And on Saturday, bosses at Warner Bros. broke the news that the DC Comics blockbuster, starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, will now debut on 2 October.

Gadot, who plays the eponymous superhero, took to Twitter to share the news with her fans and followers.

“The new release date for WW84 is 10.2.20. Wow, it’s finally happening, & I couldn’t be more excited!” she wrote. “To all the fans that stuck w/ us through this time, thank u so much! We couldn’t have done this w/o (without) you. I’m so excited for you to get to see this #WW84, it will be worth the wait.”

But Wonder Woman 1984 isn’t the only big-screen summer action movie to have its release date rescheduled.

The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, has been bumped from May 2021 until April 2022, despite reports that production was restarting in Berlin after the coronavirus pandemic forced Hollywood to shut down indefinitely.

While Christopher Nolan’s thriller Tenet has also been moved from 17 July until 31 July, and the latest instalment in the James Bond saga, No Time to Die, will hit cinemas a few days earlier than anticipated, on 12 November in the U.K. and 20 November in the U.S.

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Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks before she made Birds of Prey

Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks to help boost her confidence before she made her first studio movie, Birds of Prey.Yan premiered her indie directorial debut, Dead Pigs, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and three months later, she was announce…

Patty Jenkins gave Cathy Yan pep talks to help boost her confidence before she made her first studio movie, Birds of Prey.

Yan premiered her indie directorial debut, Dead Pigs, at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, and three months later, she was announced as the director of the DC Comics movie, starring Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn.

She felt a lot of anxiety about becoming the second woman – and first Asian woman – to direct a DC film, so she turned to the first female DC director, Jenkins, for advice.

“I had impostor syndrome, as I think many people do. I came from an indie world and I had a matter of months between my first feature premiering at Sundance and then running the ship on Birds of Prey. There was an element of: Do I belong here? Can I do this? Like all the insecurities that anyone would have,” Yan told Vanity Fair. “I was working with such a high calibre of people, Oscar nominees, and people I admired from afar in the industry for such a long time. There is this moment when you go, ‘Wow, they’re all looking at me.’”

She added that Jenkins’ pep talks made her feel “able to lean into that confidence and say, ‘Yeah, damn right they should be looking at me. I’m the director!’ It was just that little boost of confidence I think that was much needed.”

In the feature, the Wonder Woman filmmaker shared that her own role models included directors like Penny Marshall, Mimi Leder, Kathryn Bigelow, and Nora Ephron, and insisted that she doesn’t believe female filmmakers do a fundamentally different job than their male counterparts.

“I think the only thing that’s important about being a woman filmmaker is knowing what not to pay attention to, and just try to blow through it,” the director stated. “Being a filmmaker is being a filmmaker.”

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Patty Jenkins ‘trying really hard’ to avoid directing Wonder Woman spin-off movie

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mappe…

Patty Jenkins is “trying really hard” to avoid directing the Wonder Woman spin-off movie.

Back in December, the filmmaker announced that a feature focusing on the Amazonian origins of the beloved comic book character, played by Gal Gadot, was “all mapped out”, and a third Wonder Woman movie was also in the works.

And in a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Patty revealed that not only is the story for the spin-off movie written and greenlit, but she’s trying “really hard” to not be in the director’s chair this time around.

“I’m not going to direct it, hopefully. I’m going to try really hard not to. It’s not going to be easy,” she shared. “But (Wonder Woman 1984 co-writer and former DC Entertainment president and chief creative officer) Geoff Johns and I came up with the story, and we sold the pitch, and we’re going to get it going. I’ll produce it, for sure.”

Patty also opened up about the future of Diana Prince and her superhero alter ego, noting that she’s even thinking about a fourth movie.

“I’m not going to nail down a fresh thought about it until (Wonder Woman 1984) comes out, because I kind of want to give myself a palette cleanser, and be fresh of mind,” the 48-year-old explained. “But yeah, there’s an arc that I have in mind for the first movie, and then the second movie, and then the Amazon movie, and then the third movie.”

Wonder Woman 1984, also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Pedro Pascal, is set to be released in U.S. cinemas on 14 August.

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Gal Gadot wanted Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love inte…

Gal Gadot and director Patty Jenkins were determined to bring Chris Pine back for Wonder Woman 1984.

The Israeli actress made her debut as the iconic Amazonian superhero in the comic book adaptation back in 2017, alongside Pine, who played her love interest and ally, Steve Trevor.

However, he was tragically killed off while sacrificing himself during the epic battle scene in the final throes of the movie, leaving Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, bereft with grief.

When it was announced last year that Pine would be reprising his role as the former U.S. soldier for the sequel, fans were intrigued as to how he could have been brought back to life, and Gadot has now revealed that she and director Jenkins were determined to make sure he was back for the follow-up.

“Chris was an integral part of the movie, and of its success,” she told Empire magazine. “And because he and I and Patty really enjoyed working together, we all wanted to have him back. And Patty and (co-writer) Geoff Johns found the best way that serves the narrative to bring Steve back.”

While she refused to divulge how Trevor returns, she did hint that something “crazy” was going to happen in the sequel, and said that the superhero has matured since the first film.

“The first movie was a coming of age, it was Diana becoming Wonder Woman. She was very naive and she didn’t understand the complexities of life. A fish out of water. In this movie, that’s not the case whatsoever,” Gadot shared. “Diana has evolved. She’s much more mature and very wise. However, she’s very lonely. She lost all of her team members and she’s guarded. And then something crazy happens.”

Wonder Woman 1984 is set to be released on 14 August.

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Niki Caro credits Patty Jenkins with inspiring her to make live-action Mulan

Niki Caro has praised Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for paving the way and inspiring her to helm Disney’s live-action Mulan.The New Zealand-born filmmaker, who has joined the ranks of Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay and Jenkins, who have made films…

Niki Caro has praised Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins for paving the way and inspiring her to helm Disney’s live-action Mulan.

The New Zealand-born filmmaker, who has joined the ranks of Kathryn Bigelow, Ava DuVernay and Jenkins, who have made films costing more than $100 million (£77 million), was disappointed in the almost non-existent opportunities for female directors in Hollywood when she started out.

“When I first started wanting to be a filmmaker, there was so little precedent for women doing this (big studio) work,” Caro told The Hollywood Reporter. “Patty changed the game with Wonder Woman. It was like a shot of adrenaline for me as a filmmaker.”

And for the live-action remake of the 1998 Disney animated classic, the 53-year-old hired a female-dominated crew, including cinematographer Mandy Walker, costume designer Bina Daigeler, and first assistant director Liz Tan.

Elsewhere in the interview, Caro revealed that a huge global hunt was conducted to find the perfect actress to play Mulan, with her sending a team of casting directors to almost every small village in China back in 2016.

“She’s a needle in a haystack, but we were going to find her,” she explained. “It’s impossible to make this movie without this person.”

Liu Yifei was eventually picked to play the young girl who takes her ailing father’s place in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, and Caro immediately put the actress through a 90-minute physical assessment to ensure she was able to deal with the rigorous training and fight scenes during filming,

“(Liu) never complained once, never said, ‘I can’t.’ She went to her limits,” the director added.

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Gal Gadot swears by ‘super simple diet’ to keep in shape

Gal Gadot swears by a “super simple” Mediterranean diet to help maintain her enviable figure.The Wonder Woman star has revealed the secrets to achieving her incredible body, sharing that while she does plenty of sweat-inducing workouts in the gym, her …

Gal Gadot swears by a “super simple” Mediterranean diet to help maintain her enviable figure.

The Wonder Woman star has revealed the secrets to achieving her incredible body, sharing that while she does plenty of sweat-inducing workouts in the gym, her top tip is to avoid any trendy diets.

“I think we tend to make everything much more challenging and difficult than what it should be,” she told U.S. InStyle magazine. “But for me it’s easy, I’m from Israel so I follow a Mediterranean diet – it’s super simple for anyone to do.

“I try to make a huge per cent of the plate veggies, then lean protein, and then a small amount of quality, good carbs. I eat a lot of fish and huge salads with olive oil and lemon.”

The Mediterranean diet involves eating plenty of vegetables, fruits, olive oil, beans, whole grains, and moderate amounts of fish, white meat and dairy products. And research has shown it may reduce the risk of developing conditions such as high blood pressure and heart disease.

The 34-year-old, who underwent an intensive training regime to prepare for reprising her role as Diana Prince in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984, confessed she needs to switch up her workouts to avoid getting bored.

And Gadot, who served in the Israeli military, swears by plenty of recovery time after her hardcore strengthening sessions.

“I see a lot of physiotherapists – of course, we foam roll – but I need someone to go in and dig deep into the muscles,” the Fast & Furious star shared, adding that she uses high-tech massage device Theragun to help soothe her body. “I drink a lot of water to release all the toxins – I find that super important. And, of course, sleep.”

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Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck call for release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League cut

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through p…

Justice League stars Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have called for Warner Bros. chiefs to release Zack Snyder’s cut of the film.

The filmmaker was in charge of the DC Extended Universe, but was forced to pull out of directing Justice League midway through production to deal with a family tragedy, leaving Avengers director Joss Whedon to complete the movie, which was panned by critics upon its 2017 release.

A version that stays true to Snyder’s vision still exists, and now several of its stars are calling on studio bosses to make it available to fans.

Both Gadot, who played Amazonian hero Wonder Woman, and Affleck, who portrayed Batman, tweeted the hashtag, “#ReleaseTheSnyderCut,” with Snyder also backing its release.

“This ancient Amazonian can’t be wrong. #releasethesnydercut,” he wrote after quoting Gadot’s post.

Ray Fisher, who played Justice League member Cyborg, also backed the release of the cut, posting a photo of himself in an American football uniform – a scene that did not appear in the original cinematic release.

Aquaman star Jason Momoa claims to have seen Snyder’s version of the movie, telling MTV News earlier this month: “I have seen it. I have seen the Snyder Cut, so… think the public needs to see it.

“I’m obviously indebted to Warner and DC, and I don’t know how they feel about it. As a fan, I’m very, very happy that I got to see it.”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. executives have no immediate plans to release Snyder’s cut of Justice League, but other reports have claimed it could debut on WarnerMedia’s planned HBO Max streaming service.

The original Justice League was eviscerated by critics and disappointed at the box office, earning $657 million (£508 million) worldwide against a mammoth $300 million (£232 million) production budget.

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Gal Gadot launches production company

Gal Gadot has formed a production company with her husband Jaron Varsano.The Wonder Woman actress and the real estate developer, who have been married since 2008 and share two daughters, have created Pilot Wave, through which they’ll produce historical…

Gal Gadot has formed a production company with her husband Jaron Varsano.

The Wonder Woman actress and the real estate developer, who have been married since 2008 and share two daughters, have created Pilot Wave, through which they’ll produce historical thriller Irena Sendler, in which Gadot will portray the title character.

“As producers, we want to help bring stories that have inspired us to life,” Gadot and Varsano said in a statement to Deadline. “Pilot Wave will create content that promotes the perspectives and experiences of unique people and produce impactful stories aimed at igniting the imagination.”

The Israeli star also shared the news on her Instagram page and wrote in the caption, “Pilot Wave is taking off! I’m so excited this is finally out. @jaronvarsano and I have been working on this for quite some time and I just CAN’T wait to bring to life all the amazing stories we’re working on with all of our wonderfully talented partners.”

Irena Sendler tells the story of the real-life Polish heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during the Nazi Germany occupation of Poland during World War II. Using the Polish underground network, Sendler and others managed to smuggle Jewish children from the Warsaw ghetto. She was arrested by the Gestapo in 1943 and never revealed any information about the children, despite being tortured.

Justine Juel Gillmer will write the screenplay, while Gadot and Varsano will produce the Warner Bros. project with Marc Platt.

The couple is also developing My Dearest Fidel as a potential vehicle for Gadot. It will be written by Chris Brancato and produced by Sue Kroll.

The 34-year-old will be seen in a number of movies during 2020, including the sequel Wonder Woman 1984, Kenneth Branagh’s Agatha Christie adaptation, Death on the Nile, and action-adventure Red Notice alongside Dwayne Johnson and Ryan Reynolds.

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Zachary Levi hopes Shazam will get to join the Justice League

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the …

Zachary Levi doesn’t want to be “greedy” but hopes Shazam will get a crack at joining the Justice League.

The Chuck actor was unveiled as the newest member of the DC Comics universe in October 2017 when studio bosses announced that he would take on the adult role in the movie Shazam!

Directed by David F. Sandberg, the plot centres on a troubled 14-year-old orphan named Billy Batson (Asher Angel), who can transform into the superhero, as played by Levi, simply by uttering the word “Shazam!”

Now, in a video interview for Digital Spy, Levi expressed how much he would like to see his character make a crossover into one of DC’s Justice League movies.

“I don’t want to get too greedy,” the 38-year-old, who is garnering plenty of positive buzz for his DC debut, commented. “First and foremost, I would love that we get to keep building this world, the Shazam! side of the DC universe.

“If beyond that, my bosses say, ‘Hey, what about going and popping into that person’s movie or they pop into your movie?’ or, God willing, they make another Justice League and Shazam gets to be in the Justice League, I want all of that.”

Other DC movies include box office smashes like 2017’s Justice League flick, as well as features like Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

The newcomer also admitted he got some tips on navigating the superhero world, but not from his compatriots at DC.

“I’ve had some buddies who have also done this in the Marvel world as well,” he shared. “Through my observation of what they’ve all done, I’ve tried to assimilate, as best I can, the things that it looks like have worked for them, but I was just kind of trying to do my own thing.

“It is very different too. It’d be very difficult to be getting tips from Batman because it’s a much darker, different kind of thing.”

Also starring Mark Strong, Djimon Hounsou, and Grace Fulton, Shazam! begins to hit cinemas from 3 April (19).

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