‘Wonder Woman’ starring Gal Gadot in the title role, moved toward an epic climax featuring Diana facing off against the ultimate evil, but the film managed to dazzle with two other big clashes. There’s Diana’s amazing No Man’s Land emergence, but well before that, director Patty Jenkins took a stab (pun intended) at the classic battle field scene. Shortly after Steve (Chris Pine) arrives on Themyscira, he is tracked down by German soldiers who storm the beach, guns-a-blazing. Though the Amazon’s tragically discover they aren’t bulletproof, they are far from helpless in the face of this superior technology. Armed with just swords and arrows, the immortal army defends their homeland from these invaders.
But in addition to simply being a thrilling action sequence, this battle is Diana’s first exposure to actual conflict. Having grown up on Themyscira, she never experienced the conflict that the elder Amazons did when they dwelled in the outer world. Though she has been trained as a champion fighter, she has never witnessed real combat.
Director Patty Jenkins explained:
“The beach battle was defined by one thing, which is Diana’s point of view. She has grown up with this idyllic, romantic idea of these Amazons all around her and battle and training. And she wants to be one of them. She’s seen them train in a very fair and organized way, where they all fight, and there are rules.”
“So this battle, what was fascinating to me [is] it’s the first time Diana sees her own people turn… and this other side of them, which is brutal and capable and willing to wage a battle. And she sees the brutality of man.”
Get a closer, behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the epic beach battle complete with commentary from Jenkins in the clip below, which is just part of a longer bonus feature included on the home video release of ‘Wonder Woman’:
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Source: Entertainment Weekly