Before Gal Gadot took center stage with WONDER WOMAN, the actor brought the Amazon warrior to life in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where the first teases of his involvement in World War I were revealed; However, World War I wasn’t the first historical conflict Warner Bros. had in mind for the character, as she was initially believed to have been involved in the Crimean War. The conflict took place between the Ottoman Empire (and their allies) and the Russian Empire from 1853 to 1856, and it was one of the first wars to be widely documented with photographs.
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As we know it, Batman vs. Superman revealed a WWI photograph showing Wonder Woman (Gadot), Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and their compatriots, but before it was decided that WWI would be the time of Wonder WomanWarner Bros. was also planning to shoot the film during the Crimean War, and Zack Snyder revealed a different photo that was developed when it did. The photo is considerably more brutal as it shows Wonder Woman holding several severed heads. Yikes. You can check out the photo below.
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In a caption accompanying the image, Zack Snyder wrote: ” Wonder Woman 1854 – This amazing image taken by Stephen Berkman of a war-weary Diana, who had driven Aries through the battlefields of the world and had yet to meet Steve, who would help restore her faith in humanity and to love each other.“When it came to Wonder Woman beheading people, Patty Jenkins recently revealed that it was a sore point between the studio and herself early on.
They wanted to hire me like a beard; they wanted me to walk around the set as a woman, but that was their story and their vision. What about my ideas? They didn’t even want to read my script. There was such a distrust of a different way of doing things and a different point of view. So it was definitely going on, even when I first joined ‘Wonder Woman’ it was like ‘uh, yeah, okay, but let’s do it another way. But I was like, “Women don’t want to see this. She’s tough and tough and cuts people’s heads off, that’s not it – I’m a fan of “Wonder Woman”, that’s not what we’re looking for. Still I could feel this trembling nervousness [on their part] from my point of view.
Wonder Woman 1984 is now playing in theaters (check out a review here) and streaming on HBO Max, and Jenkins is also set to return for Wonder Woman 3 as well as.