Wonder Woman Fan Film Shows the Theatrical Possibilities for the Amazonian Warrior

Visually it could work, but, uh... what about story?

The following is a solid little fan film in which Rainfall Films director Sam Balcomb imagines what a film featuring Wonder Woman would look like, or at least giving the DC Comics character some level of viability in a world where our cinematic superheroes are all men. It's a solid attempt, but it's really not much more than a trailer where every single second is in slow motion, not a whole lot happens and there isn't an ounce of dialogue. It certainly gives the impression that visually this character may be able to exist on the big screen, but visuals have never really been a problem, it's story where studios get hung up.

Here's the director's statement followed by the short and a poster for the project:

"Firstly, thanks for watching. Whether you like, or dislike, our live action interpretation of Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, born of clay, I think (quite a few of) you will agree she is a character just as vital and crucial to our understanding of humanity as any other superhero... if not more so.

We spent the majority of 2013 working on this -- the look, the feel, the aspects we most wanted to portray. It's a scant two and half minutes, but in the end, it's one hundred and fifty seconds of pure fantasy, where I get to consider the two sides of my favorite warrior: a crusader in man's world, and a paragon of virtue told through Greek mythology.

It's a fun world to hang out in. I hope you enjoy it."

[via Coming Soon]

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  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    That was a really impressive trailer, they obviously feel very passionate about the character. I must confess to not knowing about her back story, perhaps there's more to her than meets the eye.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/GuyInMilwaukee/ David Maloney

    Nicely done... but after watching Iron Man III last night... please.. no more super heroes.

    • http://www.rabidpictures.com Yaz

      hahahahaha. awesome. i'm sure hollywood will listen. NOT... EVER.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Roger/ Roger Judd

    Sorry Brad, but what story did you want in 2 and a half minutes?

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/ Brad Brevet

      Are you suggesting a trailer for a movie never gives any indication of a story? No, this isn't a trailer, but trailers are two-and-a-half-minutes long so I think it's possible.

      On top of that, I didn't say this film needed to give me a story, just saying this film only suggested a certain level of visual realization, but doesn't present evidence the story would be compelling.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Roger/ Roger Judd

        Let's call it a "teaser" then and enjoy it for what it is ;-) lol

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Asif/ Asif Nawaz

    Diana's story should be just as compelling as Thor's was. Both trace their roots in greek mythology, so I don't get your doubt.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Django/ Django

    What on Earth was all that about? As for 'theatrical possibilities', yeah, of course they could make a film about her. But that clip looked like every other superhero film ever made. And TOO MUCH SLO MO, IT ADDS NOTHING! If they wanted to prove a point that a Wonder Woman film could exist, that style over substance demonstration did nothing for their cause. What stories could Wonder Woman deliver? We got none of that!

    Seriously, the world doesn't need another superhero film.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Newbourne/ Newbourne

    The 2009 Wonder Woman animated film had a great story that I think could adapt well to a feature film.

    Steve Rogers, an American pilot crash lands on Themiscyra. After deeming him a non-threat, the Amazons hold a competition where the winner takes him to USA. Diana enters the competition against her mother, the Queen's, wishes. Per Amazonian tradition, the winner shall wear the other countries' colors to show that she comes in peace. Once Diana wins, she is given the outfit, and she takes him back to USA.

    In the prologue it was established that Ares, the God of War, had enslaved the Amazons for centuries. Once they revolted, the Amazons won the war. To spare Ares' life, Zeus and Hera granted him as a prisoner to the Amazons on Themiscyra, a land where the Amazons will be free from the perils of man. Ares eventually escapes while Wonder Woman is on her mission, and she ends up having to find him as well.

    It had great dialogue between Steve and Diana. Lots of comical innuendos, great chemistry, and a pretty good battle scene towards the end. Ares also had some great moments interacting with the Queen, with Hades, and others. I think it could be a solid live-action film.

  • Drew Sandoval

    I really want a movie of Wonder Woman to exist in the world, its my opinion that more female heroes and superheroes are a good thing, but watching this video I felt all the problems that I'll bet most people feel in developing the material, the main being Wonder Woman in the real world seems like a leftover from a past time (Lone Ranger anyone?), and her Red/White/Blue/Americana superhero garb looks silly in the Greek world.

    I am sure there is a way to crack it, but I am not sure the direction this short is pointing is the right way. Hopefully someone figures it out soon.