Development for the film was on-going since 1996, when Ivan Reitman was hired to write and direct. In 2001, Todd Alcott was hired to pen a script for Joel Silver. In 2003, Laeta Kalogridis replaced Alcott and was hired for rewrites. In 2005, Joss Whedon was hired to not only write but also direct the film, but in 2007, he left due to creative differences. In 2014, Kathryn Bigelow, Catherine Hardwicke, Mimi Leder, Karyn Kusama, Julie Taymor, Tricia Brock and Nicolas Winding Refn were considered to direct the film before Michelle MacLaren was given the job. However, in 2015, MacLaren dropped out of the project due to creative differences. In 2015, Patty Jenkins replaced MacLaren. Ironically, in 2005, Jenkins was originally in talks with WB to replace Whedon as director, but due to her unexpected pregnancy, she had to step down. Jenkins claimed that Wonder Woman is the film she's been wanting to do her whole life and that she was fortunate to come back to it. This made Jenkins the first female director to helm a female led superhero film. Angelina Jolie, Beyoncé Knowles, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Christina Hendricks, Eliza Dushku, Elodie Yung, Eva Green, Jessica Biel, Kate Beckinsale, Kristen Stewart, Lucy Lawless, Megan Fox, Mischa Barton, Morena Baccarin, Nadia Bjorlin, Olga Kurylenko, Priyanka Chopra, Rachel Bilson, Sandra Bullock, Sarah Michelle Gellar and wrestler Chyna were all considered to play the role of Wonder Woman throughout the years before Gal Gadot landed the coveted role. The film takes inspiration from the New 52 portrayal and origin of Wonder Woman, where is she depicted as a demigoddess, the daughter of Zeus. The filmmakers also cited Superman (1978), Batman Begins (2005), the Indiana Jones series, Casablanca (1942) and The Little Mermaid (1989) as influences. Principal photography began in November 2015, before filming wrapped in May 2016 (the same month Wonder Woman creator, William Moulton Marston was born), under the working title Nightingale. Filming took place throughout the United Kingdom, France, and Italy. For the look of the film, Jenkins and cinematographer Matt Jensen revealed that they were inspired by painter John Singer Sargent. Additional filming also took place in November 2016 while Gadot was five months pregnant. A green cloth was placed over her stomach to edit out her pregnancy during post-production.
The film stars Gal Gadot as the titular character with Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen and Elena Anaya in supporting roles. The cast all gave spectacular and powerful performances, especially that of Gadot. Gadot has, without a shred of doubt, single-handedly laid to rest my concerns whether or not she can carry her own franchise. The answer is a resounding YES. Gadot has just the right touch of strength and femininity. She really is Wonder Woman. Gadot is perfectly cast in the role. Any poor choice would have ruined the film. Gadot makes the character her own, while also reminding us of why we love the character. She's definitely pulled off an amazing performance as the first cinematic incarnation of the titular Amazon. I can not wait for her future films. Bravo Ms. Gadot! She and Pine had great on-screen chemistry where their personalities and ideologies suited for each other's characters, and is what made their dynamics interesting. However, despite the amazing performances, there were characters that were not completely without flaws. This regards the villains played by Huston, Anaya and Thewlis, who all suffered the same razor-thin characterisation found in Marvel films, despite the three actors giving their best.