Wonder Woman: Behind-the-Scenes Secrets

Gal Gadot is a real-life wonder woman what with shooting an action film while pregnant! But did you know that Emma Stone was almost in the franchise? And on which actor did Pedro Pascal base his character of Maxwell Lord? While we wait to see if Wonder Woman will get a third film, here are some cool behind-the-scenes stories.

THE FUNNIEST SCENE WAS PURE IMPROV

For a superhero franchise, Wonder Woman isn’t just about action but heart too. It isn’t afraid to get sentimental or even funny when it has to. In the first Wonder Woman film, one of the scenes that drew the biggest laughs was Diana and Steve’s interaction on the boat. The conversation is filled with many awkward exchanges and hilarious moments.

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Image Credits: Getty Images / Gal Gadot and Chris Pine

Diana finally ends up revealing that the Amazons only need men for reproduction, not pleasure. The scene was totally improvised by the actors. While it sounds like something witty that a screenwriter might’ve put together, Chris Pine admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he enjoyed playing the comical foil to Diana’s much more stoic demeanour.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Chris Pine

He said, “She’s delivering lines like, ‘My father is Zeus’. That is just so ridiculous. And she has to say it with a straight face, with a certain amount of innocence and earnestness. I get to react like any human being would to hearing something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy.” Why hasn’t anyone cast these two in a comedy yet? 

Image Credits: YouTube / Flashback FM / Wonder Woman

THE HIDDEN PREGNANCY

If you’ve ever wondered if Gal Gadot is a wonder woman in real life, you bet she is! While filming the first movie, she became pregnant with her second child towards the end of the schedule, but she didn’t want to tell her co-workers about it since she refused to be treated differently on set. Fortunately, she had a lot of ginger water and a big pair of sunglasses to keep it hush-hush.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gregg DeGuire / Gal Gadot at 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

But there was a problem when the reshoots came around. Since she was five months pregnant, she could no longer hide her baby bump. So, Gal had a green cloth placed across her stomach for the shoot. Then, the editors were able to remove the bump in post-production. Judging by the final cut, it’s impressive how they pulled it off, because we didn’t notice a single thing - what about you? 

PEDRO PASCAL WAS IN WONDER WOMAN BEFORE

Naturally, the presence of Pedro Pascal in Wonder Woman 1984 is something to get excited about. Not only is he a fantastic actor but he’s also bringing Maxwell Lord to life. However, this isn’t Pedro’s first dance with Wonder Woman for that matter. In fact, in another multiverse, he was part of the Wonder Woman TV pilot that starred Adrianne Palicki as the titular hero.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Adrianne Palicki on the sets of Wonder Woman (2011)

Yep, that was a thing that happened in 2011 and Pedro played Ed Indelicato, Wonder Woman's liaison to the police department. Unfortunately, the pilot wasn’t picked up by NBC. This time, he pulled out all the stops and proved everyone wrong with his sensational portrayal of one of DC’s most infamous villains. More on who actually inspired Maxwell Lord a little bit later. 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Alberto E. Rodriguez / Pedro Pascal At Premiere Of Narcos Season 2

MAKING IT THE REAL DEAL

While Wonder Woman doesn’t shy away from special effects and outrageous CGI, director Patty Jenkins has a preference for realism over computer-generated magic. For the first film, Gal Gadot had to train for nine months and gained 17 pounds of muscle before the shoot to ensure she was in peak physical shape and capable of performing what was required of her.

And it sounds like Patty was just as determined to do the same in Wonder Woman 1984. Gal revealed in a roundtable interview that the physicality of the role can be gruelling, confirming that they shot for almost eight months for five or six days a week.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gal Gadot

She said,

The hardest parts were just how demanding the shoots were and how physical it was, because it was very important for Patty that we do a minimum amount of CGI.

Image Credits: YouTube / Movieclips / Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer

As film fans, we definitely appreciate the hard work and effort that goes into making a movie as realistic as possible. Sure, green screens and digital effects are cool and all, but it’s awesome to see the actors taking it to another level here!

NO MAN’S LAND WAS ALMOST CUT

Can you believe that the iconic moment when Diana truly becomes Wonder Woman was almost cut? It was in the first movie that Diana steps into no man’s land, the dangerous area between the opposing trenches of World War I. It’s remembered fondly by fans for its action and emotion, but it was almost cut. Well, if it weren’t for Patty Jenkins fighting for it, we would’ve never seen it.

Image Credits: YouTube / Team Coco / Patty Jenkins

She told Fandango, “There were a couple people who were deeply confused, wondering, like, ‘Well, what is she going to do? How many bullets can she fight?’ And I kept saying, ‘It's not about that. This is a different scene than that. This is a scene about her becoming Wonder Woman.’” And you know what the moral of the story is here, right? Never doubt Patty again!

Image Credits: YouTube / Warner Bros / Wonder Woman

ONLY FEMALE DIRECTORS CONSIDERED

There have been plans for a Wonder Woman movie for the longest time. Numerous directors and screenwriters have been attached to several productions throughout the years, but nothing has ever been as serious as it was when Warner Brothers decided to form its DC Universe. Producer Deborah Snyder told Marie Claire that it was essential for a female director to helm this project.

Image Credits: YouTube / Flashback FM / Wonder Woman

She said the following, “It was very important to me that we had a woman director. She's the biggest feminist icon out there. How can we not have a female director? It would have felt wrong." So, the studio began discussions with several high-profile female directors.

Image Credits: YouTube / Collider / Deborah Snyder

Initially, Michelle MacLaren was the studio’s first choice, having shown her exceptional pedigree on successful shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. She boarded the project but left soon after citing creative differences. Eventually, it was the highly experienced and award-winning director Patty Jenkins who took hold of the wheel and the rest, as they say, is history.

EMMA STONE AS CHEETAH?

Sometimes, the stars align for you. In the case of director Patty Jenkins, they definitely did in the most favourable way. When planning started for Wonder Woman 1984, Patty had her eyes on Kristen Wiig for the part of Barbara Minerva, aka Cheetah and Diana’s greatest nemesis.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steve Granitz / Kristen Wiig at 92nd Oscars

However, Warner Brothers had other plans and set its sights on another A-list actress: Emma Stone. Well, Emma had probably been scarred from her experiences on The Amazing Spider-Man and turned down the role. While it was sad news for the studio, it was full steam ahead for Patty, who could now cast the actress she wanted from the start.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Emma Stone on the set of Amazing Spider-Man 2

Judging by all the behind-the-scenes antics, it looks like Kristen was a fantastic addition to the cast and has a natural chemistry with everyone. Plus, she looks like she nailed the part. Still, in a parallel universe somewhere, Emma could’ve been playing the role of Cheetah. But would the quality of the movie have been the same?

Image Credits: YouTube / Movieclips / Wonder Woman 1984 Trailer

GAL’S WHOPPING SALARY INCREASE

Look, let’s not beat around the bush here. The gender pay gap between actors and actresses is huge. This is something that’s being addressed by the industry as a whole, but it won’t just change overnight. Still, it’s shocking to think that Gal Gadot received $300,000 for each of her appearances in DC movies.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and Ben Affleck at the premiere of Justice League

Fortunately, Warner Brothers and DC have realised just how valuable she is and bumped up her salary for Wonder Woman 1984. Not just considerably, but substantially. She’s now earning 33 times more than what she did, as she got paid $10 million for this new movie. And she absolutely deserves every single penny as her Wonder Woman is one of the best parts of the entire DC Universe.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gal Gadot

It’s unknown if she has a similar box office deal in place like Robert Downey Junior had with the Avengers, but it’s highly likely that she receives some of the profits made from the films. At this point, the studio needs to keep her at - ahem, pardon the pun - all costs.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Robert Downey Jr.

NICOLAS CAGE INSPIRED MAXWELL LORD

Gordon Gekko from the movie Wall Street and motivational speaker Tony Robbins served as the main inspirations for the character of Maxwell Lord. Already, that sounds like quite the foundation for good ol’ Maxwell, but Pedro Pascal decided to put his own spin on things, channelling another famous actor who’s no stranger to comic book movies or over the top performances.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Pedro Pascal at the Kingsman: Golden Circle premiere

Yes, we’re talking about the irrepressible Nicolas Cage here - the king of surrealist acting. Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Pedro said, "With Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot and Kristen Wiig are doing the action, baby, and I'm doing the schm-acting! I am hamming it up!"

Image Credits: Getty Images / Nicolas Cage

He then revealed to the publication that Cage directly inspired one of his scenes in the movie. The only question is, which scene is he talking about? With more than 100 films and shows under Cage’s belt and probably several iconic scenes of Maxwell, the only way to find out is from Pascal himself.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Pedro Pascal at The Mandalorian premiere

THE LYNDA CARTER TRIBUTE WAS AN ACCIDENT

Every Wonder Woman fan knows that Lynda Carter was the original superhero. Her TV show delighted and set the standard for what to expect from the Amazonian Princess. Interestingly enough, eagle-eyed fans spotted a tribute to Lynda’s version of the character in Wonder Woman.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lynda Carter for Wonder Woman (1975)

In one of the scenes, Gal Gadot’s Diana wears an outfit similar to the one that Lynda wore on the show. Well, as it turns out, this was purely by accident. Gal explained that she didn’t watch the Wonder Woman TV series because she wasn’t born when it aired, but she did reveal where her original inspiration came from.

Image Credits: YouTube / Flashback FM / Wonder Woman

She said, “I started to go through the Internet and looking for beautiful costumes from the 80s and this one was Brooke Shields that I found from back in the 80s but then Lindy, our wonderful costume designer, just made it and then I found out that Lynda had the similar one.” Just goes to show that not all accidents are bad at the end of the day!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gal Gadot

After a year of being starved of blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984 is here to save 2020. And hopefully, it just sets up more on-screen adventures for Diana in the future. But would Emma Stone have been a better choice for Cheetah? And did you notice that Gal was pregnant in any of the scenes? Let us know!

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