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Legendary Amazons: Caught On Camera…

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Wonder Woman & Colonel Steve Trevor, Circa: Early 20th Century

Wonder Woman’s solo cinematic debut is still well over a year away from theatrical release, but we can console ourselves with these recent set pictures of Gal Gadot’s Princess Diana and her sister Amazons on the Paradise Island of Themyscira.

The pictures were taken during filming in Italy, in the Basilicata region, primarily Lucania. These territories include many ancient locations including the city of Mattera, where the 1959 Charlton Heston led “Ben Hur” was filmed. These southern Italian areas are perfect for the depiction of the tranquil idyll that is Themyscira Island.

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The highly anticipated 2017 movie recently transferred shooting to Italy after a long period filming its turn of the century World War One sequences in the UK. A large majority of the film will chart the amazing Amazon’s experiences in dealing with the once forbidden outside world, during the great war of 1914. It is during this time that she will first meet future love interest, Colonel Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) who will be introduced in an iconic scene ripped straight from comic book lore as he crash lands on the secret island of Themyscira.

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Old & New: classic meeting from the 40’s and the 2017 retelling with Gal Gadot & Chris Pine

This paradigmatic meeting between the Themysciran Princess and the American service man has been told and retold many times throughout Wonder Woman’s almost 75 years of existence, in comic book, animated and live action forms with the latter performed by the lovely Lynda Carter and her co-star Lyle Waggoner in the seventies and early eighties Wonder Woman television series. This event was also the catalyst for Diana becoming Wonder Woman and leaving the ancient Island to travel to the outside world for the first time as the Amazon’s herald.

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Wonder Woman (Lynda Carter) and Steve Trevor (Lyle Waggoner) From The Classic 70’s and 80’s TV  Series.

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Queen Hippolyta, Artemis and the Amazons confront downed pilot, Steve Trevor in the (highly recommended) 2009 animated origin story.

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Amazons Attack! General Antiope (Robin Wright) and her sister Amazons confront a group of WW1 soldiers in another scene from the 2017 movie

Wonder Woman is due to be released theatrically in June, 2017. Directed by Patty Jenkins, and starring Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewliss, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Said Taghmaoui and Lisa Kongsli.

The Shores Of Themyscira Beckon

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The paradise island of Themyscira beckons us to its shores in this first official image from next year’s highly anticipated Wonder Woman movie.

Themyscira is the ancient home of the Amazons, a race of immortal warrior women created by the Greek Gods of Olympus over three thousand years ago. Hidden from the outside world, the Amazons have lived on the paradise island untouched by society for millennia, where they have perfected their skills as artisans and warriors.

The above image, courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, shows Diana flanked by her Mother; Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), General Antiope (Robin Wright), and Menalippe (Lisa Kongsli).

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Paradise Island

Wonder Woman’s solo movie is due to be released on June 23, 2017. Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis and Ewen Bremner. Directed by: Patty Jenkins.

Paradise Found?

The paradise island of Themyscira

The Paradise Island Of Themyscira

The waves gently lap at the golden shores of the paradise island known as Themyscira, this idyllic setting is the ancient home of the Amazons, a race of immortal warrior women created by the Greek Gods of Olympus over three thousand years ago. Hidden from the outside world, the Amazons lived on Themyscira untouched by society for millennia, perfecting their skills as warriors and artisans.

Warner Brothers are readying their team to begin production on the 2017 film “Wonder Woman” and news surfaced today of the possible location of the Amazons’ secret island of Themyscira. Basilicata is a region in the south of Italy, set amongst the beautiful mountainous area of the Apennines. During Greek and Roman ages it was known as Lucania, named after the ancient Greek tribes of the region, and is now looking like it will also double as the utopian isle of the fabled Amazons.

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Basilicata, Italy

The film is initially being produced under the name Nightingale, a possible reference to the character Seiji Kato, an Earth 2 assassin who made her first appearance in Wonder Woman #317 in 1984. Starring Gal Gadot as the titular heroine and actor Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, the film is being directed by Patty Jenkins, written by Jason Fuchs and filmed by Hoyte Van Hoytema, director of photography on productions such as Interstellar and The Fighter.

Stay tuned for more news on the exciting development of Diana’s first big screen outing, fellow fans of the amazing Amazon.

Wonder Woman, Themyscira, Steve Trevor and Seiji Kato are copyright: DC Comics.

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #216

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(Wonder Woman-DC Comics, 1941-2015)

Welcome back once more, to another instalment of Classic Wonder Woman, Precinct1313’s weekly comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of everyone’s favourite Amazon superhero. This week we delve into the Amazonian archives to bring you; Wonder Woman #216, Written by Elliot Maggin, with cover and interior art by Nick Cardy and John Rosenberger, released in 1975.

The story retained behind this classic cover, titled ‘Paradise in Peril’, tells the tale of a famous Greek tycoon’s attempt to set foot on the forbidden shores of the Amazon island of Themyscira, to assess what happens when man breaks Aphrodite’s law. His attempt is monitored by Diana’s fellow Justice League member Black Canary, who recounts the story throughout the issue.

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Themyscira

The paradise island of Themyscira is the second home of the Amazons after they were displaced from their original Greek state by demi-god Heracles. The Amazons were forcibly removed from the splendour of the original Themyscira City and enslaved by Heracles and his men and their Greek home state was burnt to the ground.

Imprisoned Amazon Queen Hippolyta wept for her subjugated people and pleaded to the Gods for their salvation. Her prayers were answered by the Goddess of wisdom Athena, who pledged her support to the Amazons if Hippolyta sought revenge on her captors. The Amazons broke free of their shackles and escaped, though many of them refused to continue to worship the Gods of Olympus, feeling betrayed by their lack of intervention during their ordeal at the hands of Zeus’ son Heracles. 

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Hippolyta

The Amazons who still followed Hippolyta and the Gods were separated from their wayward sisters and taken to the shores of their new home, a beautiful secluded paradise island, which they renamed Themyscira, in honour of their former home. As a penance for their subjugation they were to guard the doors to the Greek underworld of Hades for eternity, in return they would be granted immortality as long as they continued their duty to the Gods. Because of their imprisonment by Heracles and his men, and under the law set down by Aphrodite, no man was ever to set foot upon the shores of Themyscira.

Join us again next week for another classic WW cover, my adventurous Amazonian associates!

Classic Wonder Woman: Wonder Woman #149

(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

(DC Comics, 1941-2015)

Welcome once more friends, to our ongoing classic comic-cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of the world’s first and most important female superhero. This week we bring you Wonder Woman #149, released in October 1964, written by Robert Kanigher, with cover and interior art by Ross Andru and Mike Esposito. Within the pages of this amazing amazon archive, you will encounter the classic, The Last Days Of The Amazons, recounting the tale of Queen Hippolyta’s lost love and her call to the goddess Athena to help her fashion a statue in his image. But when the statue inexplicably is brought to life, the presence of man on Themyscira threatens the downfall of the island.

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This issue takes place mainly on the paradise island of Themyscira, which is actually the second home of the Amazons. Themyscira originally was the city-state in ancient Greece founded by the Amazons themselves, ruled over by sisters Hippolyta and Antiope. After being betrayed by Gods, Ares and Heracles, the Amazons moved to a remote island and rebuilt their culture away from the prying eyes of man and under the protection of Zeus himself. The Amazons, separate from the modern world lived in a state of harmony with their surroundings, training themselves for centuries as warriors and artisans.

Join us again in a weeks time for another classic WW cover, my affable amazonian associates!