Wonder Woman (2009 Video)
Frequently Asked Questions
This Wonder Woman movie is a direct-to-video (DTV) animated feature produced by Warner Bros. Animation as part of the "DC Universe" series of DTV animated films. Previous "DC Universe" movies include Superman: Doomsday, Justice League: The New Frontier, and Batman: Gotham Knight.
Lauren Montgomery (Superman: Doomsday) directed the Wonder Woman animated feature for a March 2009 release. Christopher Drake, known for his work on Batman: Gotham Knight and the animated Hellboy movies, composed the score.
Keri Russell (Waitress; Felicity) has been named as the voice of Wonder Woman (the Amazon princess Diana). Nathan Fillion (Waitress; Serenity) is voicing Steve Trevor. Also starring are Virginia Madsen (Candyman) as Hippolyta, Rosario Dawson (Sin City) as Diana's rival Amazon Artemis, Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as Ares and Oliver Platt (Martian Child) as Hades.
Synopsis from the solicitation for the Wonder Woman novelization (scheduled to be published in December 2008): Born of the fallout from mythic wars fought among the Grecian gods and their mortal worshippers, Diana, warrior princess of the Amazon island nation of Themyscira, bursts into the modern world both as ambassador of her people and selfless protector of the innocent. And in so doing, she collides with the ignorance and imbalances of the twenty-first century, battling injustice as Wonder Woman.
But even with skills and abilities to rival those of her Olympian namesake, Diana is put to the supreme test as the horrors of the ancient past rise again to wreak havoc upon the world. Now her indomitable will and astounding powers are pitted against the patient and all-encompassing malice of the War God Ares, who feeds on the strife created by humanity's propensity to turn against itself.
The animated Wonder Woman movie was released on single & 2-disc DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand and Pay-Per-View on March 3, 2009. The movie is rated PG-13.
DC Comics, Warner Premiere, Warner Home Video (WHV) and Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) began the production and distribution of DC Universe, a series of original, animated PG-13 movies in July 2006. This original made for DVD movie is part of the DC Universe series of animated PG-13 films written and directed by acclaimed comic book creators and animators and featuring recognizable talent. WHV will be the exclusive worldwide home entertainment distributor for all DC Universe movies, which will include a slate of 2-3 action-packed films per year. Superman Doomsday and Justice League: The New Frontier were the first DC Universe original animated movies. Other DC properties with films in development include Justice League, Green Lantern, Flash and Wonder Woman.
No, even though she has the ability to fly in modern comics and flew in both the previous Justice League animated series and the New Frontier feature.
Also, the Amazons do not seem to have advanced technology in this movie; the "bullets and bracelets" contest is replaced with "arrows and bracelets." yet they do have an invisible jet
The explanation for the invisible jet was dropped from the movie, but is included in the novelization. The book says that the Amazons have several of the shape-shifting craft, which were gifts from a people called the Lansanarians (Lansinarians, in the comics). Diana was presumably taught how to pilot the vessels as part of her Amazon training. In her comic book, Wonder Woman met the people of Lansinar, an ancient city that had been hidden beneath the ice of Antarctica ever since about the time of Atlantis. These Lansinarians gifted her with a morphing disc a translucent object that responded to the users mental desires to become whatever object or vehicle they desired. (Thanks to Alan Kistler's "History of Wonder Woman.")
An alternative explanation can be inferred from the facts of the film. The Amazons do have the ability to make their island invisible and they do have Steve's broken plane. It is possible that the Amazons fixed up the broken craft and made it invisible with the same technique. After all, it is never explained what the Amazons did with the wreckage. There are several problems with this explanation: 1) The island is rendered invisible by a magic mirror, not by technology; 2) the Amazons wouldn't know how to repair Steve's jet (much less be able to do it in such a short time); and, 3) what we do see of the invisible jet (a two-seater) is very different from Steve's fighter (a single-seater).