Wonder Woman stole the show when she made her debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s climactic battle. Since then we’ve all been very excited to see what sort of action will be brought to her solo movie. Director Patty Jenkins has said that there will be one thing about the film’s action which will be substantially different and make this new film stand apart. The action scenes aren’t designed to be massive setpieces for the audience to revel in. Instead, they’re all focused on the point of view of Wonder Woman and are part of telling her story. According to Jenkins…
Every action sequence is from her point of view and for her story. And so there was no point in the movie that we ever stepped out and were like, ‘Look at this extravaganza!’… She witnesses a battle on a beach that rocks her world and changes her understanding of what warfare is. And then she comes to man’s world and she sees a war that everyone says is impenetrable and nothing can be done about it, and she says ‘What am I going to do about it?’ So that was what was fun, and it makes it like everything else I’ve ever done, because you’re just saying, ‘Here’s my character, here’s the journey that they’re on, how do I want to experience that and how do you do it?’
Whether you’re talking about DC movies, all comic book movies, or just action movies in general, most action sequences are designed to create a spectacle for the audience to enjoy. Based on Patty Jenkins comments in an interview on DC’s YouTube channel, it appears that for her it was very important to be sure that the action scenes were never so big that we lost the point-of-view of the film’s main character. It is her story after all.
As superhero movies especially find themselves full of multiple important characters it’s easy for the point-of-view to get lost in a major action scene, as the filmmaker usually wants to show you every angle of the action they’ve designed. It’s certainly easier to keep things focused in a film like Wonder Woman because you only have the title character to work with. At the same time, it seems that what Patty Jenkins is saying here is that the action scenes are designed to still be character building moments, not simply plot points in the story. The action isn’t simply about action, it’s about how the character reacts to, and is impacted by, that action.
This doesn’t mean the action scenes have to be smaller, simply that they are more focused in their purpose in the movie. It certainly sounds like it will make for an interesting change of pace. Wonder Woman will arrive in theaters June 2.