Entertainment Weekly has shared a first look at Diana’s mother and aunts! Take a look below:
We already knew Gal is Diana/WW and Connie is her mother, Hippolyta. Robin Wright’s casting was known but her role wasn’t (I pointed out though it’s likely Antiope, given Variety’s statement on Connie’s casting). As for Lisa, she’s the latest cast member to join the film as the character Menalippe.
Preparing her for a world of men are three regal women: Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta (Gladiator’s Connie Nielsen), and her two military aunts – General Antiope (Robin Wright) and Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Force Majeure’s Lisa Loven Kongsli). This trio of immortals is responsible for both raising and training Diana — the only child on this estrogen heavy isle — but they don’t always agree. Hippolyta, a revolutionary leader, longs to shelter her beloved daughter from the outside world, but Antiope, the Amazon responsible for Diana’s training, wants to prepare her. “She is the only child they raised together,” says Jenkins, calling from outside London, where she is deep into the film’s production. “And their love for her manifests in a different way for each of them.”
How did Jenkins (director) create Themyscira?
To create Themyscira, Jenkins and her team used exotic islands off the coasts of Italy and southern China to enhance the otherworldliness of scenes filmed on Italy’s Amalfi coast. Still, designing a fantastical place proved challenging. Every decision about it, she says, came back to a central question: “How would I want to live that’s badass?”
“Themyscira is influenced by the Greek but it’s clearly more than that,” producer Charles Roven says. “It’s a place that has the ‘you’ve never been to’ kind of feel. But once you’re there you’re not so sure you really want to leave so fast.”
On the looks of the Amazons:
“To me, they shouldn’t be dressed in armor like men,” Jenkins says of the women’s battle wear. “It should be different. It should be authentic and real – and appealing to women.” Jenkins and her costume designer, Lindy Hemming (The Dark Knight), crafted a look that showed off the women’s ripped shoulders and toned legs, in outfits that looked practical but that still featured the tropes of the comic book, in particular the braces on their wrists and, yes, even the high heels.
Jenkins defends the impractical footwear. “It’s total wish-fulfillment,” she says, adding that the warriors have flats for heavy fighting. “I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time – the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs.”
Now let’s talk about each casting and their characters:
CONNIE NIELSEN AS QUEEN HIPPOLYTA
Nielsen is playing Hippolyta, aka Diana’s (Wonder Woman) mother. She’s also the Queen of the Amazons. Nielsen is a Danish actress standing tall at 5’10”, probably most notably known for her role in Gladiator as Lucilla.
ROBIN WRIGHT AS GENERAL ANTIOPE
Wright is playing Antiope, Diana’s aunt (so Hippolyta’s sister). My guess is we’ll probably see her character and Nielsen’s butt heads in the caring of Diana in the film…Which may lead to a certain (separate) island…Wright is a 5’6″ American actress who won a Golden Globe for her performance in House of Cards and is probably most known for her roles in The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump.
LISA LOVEN KONGSLI AS MENALIPPE
Kongsli is playing Lieutenant Menalippe (under Antiope). Basically, Menalippe in the comics was an Amazon Oracle/Prophetess. In one incarnation, she sacrificed her life for Hippolyta from an attack by Circe. Whether that hints at the plot for the film is unknown, however, as well as Menalippe’s survival rate…Kongsli is a 5’10” Norwegian actress known best for her role in Force Majeure. In recent incarnations, her character was one of the Amazons who saw the birth of Darkseid’s daughter, Grail. I’m curious if we’ll be seeing any of that as a hint/lead in to the Justice League film…(Or the future of the DC universe at least…)
Wonder Woman hits theaters next summer June 23.