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Precinct1313’s End Of The Decade Geekstravaganza

Well hi there fellow agents of Precinct1313, and welcome to the majestic mansion of mystery’s infamous Comic Crypts. I hope you didn’t have too much trouble finding your way down through the Precinct’s convoluted and ever changing hallways and chambers, that’s the problem with running a comic blog from a supernatural entity posing as a resplendent residence, oh and the fact that we are located at the edge of  existence also doesn’t help with navigation, as most Sat-Navs don’t appear to cover that… surprisingly!

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And yet here you all are, so welcome, to Precinct1313’s End Of The Decade Geekstravaganza! That’s right, the decade draws itself to a close and we’re here to steer you through some of our favourite geeky moments from the past ten years, so pull up a tombstone (these are the comic crypts after all) and let’s all relive our favourite things of the past decennium…

Our Favourite Comic-Book Series: Mister Miracle 

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Masters of the miraculous – Tom King and Mitch Gerads deserve every bit of praise thrown their way by their peers, critics and fans for this superlative series, a groundbreaking, emotional and touching 12 issue maxi-series that took one of DC and Jack Kirby’s most beloved second tier characters, and thrust him headlong into the deserving limelight. We wrote a review on this tenacious tome recently, so we shall leave you a handy dandy link right here .

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 Though we feel that Miracle was without a shadow of a doubt, the greatest Superhero story released since Watchmen (really!) we couldn’t leave this particular post without mentioning our other comic-book love from the past ten years – Amanda Conner and Jimmy Palmiotti’s tantalising and terrific take on our absolute favourite orange hued alien princess, sizzling Superheroine – Starfire! Conner and Palmiotti are a dynamic duo of some renown in the wonderful world of comic books, a husband and wife team with a wild and wacky sense of humour that light up any character they get their talented hands upon, from Power Girl to their award winning run on Harley Quinn, everything these terrific twosome touch is utter comic-book gold, especially their 2015 maxi-series -Starfire.

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Endlessly endearing and wonderfully witty, Starfire’s 2015 series is a gift that keeps on giving, Conner and Palmiotti (along with the series’ fantastic artist – Emanuela Lupacchino) have bestowed upon us humble comic fans, the greatest take on Tamaran’s lost Princess since she was first unleashed in 1980 by her superstar creators, George Perez and Marv Wolfman. An origin tale, a laugh out loud stranger in a strange place fable, Starfire is a beguiling and winsome take on a beloved DC character. Quite possibly the funniest and most captivating series from DC in many a year, the Precinct unequivocally recommends this touching and hilarious series.

(Favourite Comic-book series runners up – Doomsday Clock, Supergirl: Being Super, Wonder Woman: Rebirth)

Our Favourite Comic-Book Movie: Wonder Woman

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Can you believe it took seventy five years to finally get one of the most popular, significant and important fictional characters of all time onto the big screen, a primary reason for this according to some producers, directors, movie studios and overall decision makers (all of whom were talking nonsense, of course) was that a female led Superhero movie stood little chance of success… well, I’m pleased to say that those negative naysayers were completely wrong in their assertions, because Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot’s 2017 Wonder Woman movie most assuredly was an exquisite example of, not just a top tier translation of character to silver screen, but a film that also carried a compelling message of love, hope and empowerment.

Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins more than made up for Diana’s seventy five year cinema snub by giving us, not just a superlative and accurate representation of the Themysciran Titan, but also THE greatest Superhero movie of… all… time! 

(Favourite Superhero movie runners up – Batman v Superman, Aquaman, Shazam)

Our Favourite Comic-Book Artist: Amanda Conner

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I have been reading, collecting and immersing myself in comic-book worlds since the mere age of six, my first dalliance with a Superhero was the Batman, from there I went on to discover the thrilling tales of the Themysciran titan Wonder Woman and have, over the decades become a devoted stalwart of DC Comics. Not being content to just absorb these wonderful stories of heroism and emancipation, I was also always interested in the compelling creational process behind the formation of these thrilling and titanic tales, from the literary scripting and especially the wonderful artistic endeavours.

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From an early age some of my very favourite artists included such luminary delights as – Neal Adams, Brian Bolland, Nicola Scott, Emanuela Lupacchino, Norm Breyfogle and Adam Hughes. Picking a favourite from these amounted to an impossibly herculean task… that is until I discovered the astonishing art of one Amanda Conner. From that point on anyone enquiring as to who my all time fave artist was would not be able to shut me up as I enthused and rhapsodised over her astounding artwork. Quirky, zany, fun and instantly recognisable, Amanda’s incredible artistic style (for me) stands head and shoulders above her peers.

(Favourite Comic-Book artist runners up – Emanuela Lupacchino, Stanley Lau, Nicola Scott)

Our Favourite Non DC Comics Movie:

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Mmmmm, now this is a difficult one, I mean sooooo many great movies have been released over the past ten years, how in the name of Zeus’ beard are we able to pick just one? We can’t, so here (in no particular order) are a few of our fave non DC Comics based films of the past decade…

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets:

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A tremendous movie conversion of the classic French comic-book ‘Valerian and Laureline’ that was first published in 1967, created by the talented duo of Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Stunning effects, decent acting (though Clive Owen, who is usually great, was rather uninspiring in this one) and an engaging, wild and zany plot make this definitely one of our top fave films from the past ten years.

Alita: Battle Angel:

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Another comic-book classic given the silver screen treatment, Alita is originally a manga series created by the great Yukito Koshiro in 1990. A post apocalyptic, cyber-punk stylised story that was brought to vivid life at the talented hands of Robert Rodriguez.

Groundbreaking visual effects bring android Alita to the big screen through some jaw-dropping motion capture of the movie’s phenomenal lead actress – Rosa Salazar, who puts in an outstandingly impassioned performance, and with a back up cast that includes such thrilling thespians as Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Maershala Ali, and Jackie Earle Haley, Alita is more than deserving of your free time.

Franklyn:

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British cult movie ‘Franklyn’ is a genre defying delight, part superhero saga,  noir thriller, romance, and horror, it takes great pleasure in flouting any kind of atypical filmic categorisation.

Franklyn is a visually rich movie, set across the dual dystopian parallel dimensions of Meanwhile City and contemporary London. It is within these dark, ethereal realities that we encounter four protagonists, each a lost soul, and on an intertwined and fated path to ultimately affect each others lives, be that for good or ill.

Unfortunately, as is the case with a large number of movies emanating from the UK, Franklyn never achieved the audience or status that it truly deserved. With a standout cast that includes Eva Green, Bernard Hill, Sam Riley and Ryan Phillippe, Franklyn is a film the Precinct heartily recommends. We reviewed the movie at the time, so if you find your interest piqued, then a link to our review is right here  

(Non DC Comics movie runners up: Dredd, Halloween 2018, Super, Solomon Kane)

And there you have it, fellow fans of fantastic fiction, I mean we could go on, but then this post would end up novel length, and I only have so much time to get it published before the end of 2019! With that, may I just say a big thank you to all of the Precinct’s followers and readers for the likes, comments and visits to the site over the past five years, it really is so, so appreciated. Happy New Year to you all!!

Oh, and as ever… Make Mine DC!

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Suffering Sappho – Wonder Woman 84 Trailer Truly Is A Gift From The Gods…

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Well it’s finally here, my astonishing Amazonian associates, THE one film trailer that I know you’ve all been waiting for… Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins’ sequel to the stunning 2017 Wonder Woman movie finally has a trailer, and Great Hera! it’s absolutely phenomenal!

The 2017 Wonder Woman movie really was a fantastic homage to William Marston’s groundbreaking creation, it captured everything that’s essential about Diana that fans wanted from DC’s premier female lead character. Her origin story respected both versions that have been laid out throughout her almost eight decades of virtual existence, daughter of Zeus and child of clay. Her Amazon sisters were also spectacularly brought to life and Chris Pine was perfect casting as the wry yet honourable Steve Trevor. Yet it was Gal Gadot as the titular heroine that stole the show, sublime casting that was ultimately the reason behind the film’s massive box office success.

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After three torturous years of waiting, WW fanatics are finally blessed with a trailer for the much anticipated sequel, and it’s a doozy! 1980’s setting replete with era appropriate music and fashion, the return of Steve Trevor after he met his heroic fate in the original, Kristen Wiig as Dr Barbara Minerva aka Wondy nemesis The Cheetah, Pedro Pascal as the scheming sociopath Maxwell Lord, plus of course Gal Gadot back in her career defining role as Princess Diana of Themyscira… The trailer is astounding, and right here for your delectation. Enjoy:

 

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313

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Welcome fellow Agents of Precinct1313 to another enticing episode of  ‘The Week In Geek’  where we love to share our favourite – Comic Book, Video-Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And so once more unto the geek dear Agents, once more…


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Wondy Returns… To The Eighties!

Ahh the eighties, also known as – the greatest decade in human history (I’m an 80’s kid, so a slight amount of bias may be inherent) the decade of extreme action heroes like Arnie and Sly, the start of grandly Gothic culture (yep, I was a Goth too!) the absolute best horror movies ever, and comic book sales and readership were massive thanks to marvellously mature storylines and celebrated creators, especially glorious George Perez and his ultimate take on everyone’s favourite Amazon Princess… plus Lynda Carter, returning once more as Diana… as I said greatest, decade, EVER!

And it seems I’m not alone in this thought, as delightful director Patty Jenkins and astonishing actress Gal Gadot will be revisiting this decidedly delicious decade with the sequel to the sterling 2017 Wonder Woman movie, appropriately titled Wonder Woman 84. With film production in full swing we have been regaled with much in the way of awesome stills and video footage, comprising not just Zeus’ favoured daughter, but also, the intriguing return of Steve Trevor. Feast your eyes on these implacably illustrious images, my astounding Amazonian associates:

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Getting a distinct ‘Ozymandias’ vibe from this one

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Hmmmm, now the only problem I can foresee with Gal’s Wondy popping up during the exhilarating eighties is the possibility of an extreme time paradox occurring should she run into Lynda Carter’s vivacious version of the Themysciran Titan.

 

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Listen Sting, could you not stand so close to me, and for the fifth time, no, I haven’t read your message in a bottle, and would you please stop calling me Roxanne!!

Sting Channels John Constantine…

Well bloody ‘ell, who would of thought it, Sting is a bleedin’ Constantine fan… how cool is that!? 

In a recent video, music maestro Sting has revealed he will be writing the foreword to the Constantine: Hellblazer 30th Anniversary Celebration. Interestingly (and bloody well meta!) Sting’s foreword will take the unique perspective of the Golden Boy, Constantine’s alternate universe twin, and will focus on his relationship with the mystic occult detective over the years. Sting fantastically captures the look and essence of the classic British comic-book character, his inclusion in the celebratory collection is a definite nod to the fact that Sting was an early inspiration to Constantine’s signature appearance. Very, bloody, cool, Indeed!

“Starting from his first appearance, a debut penned by the extraordinary legend that is Alan Moore, Constantine has served as an enduring and controversial pop-culture character… an exorcist and demonologist, master of the dark arts, and the lead of DC/Vertigo’s longest running and most successful title.”

The John Constantine – Hellblazer: 30th Anniversary Collection will be available to buy on October 30th.

And Finally… Death!

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Look at this.. look at it… I need this, it’s everything… it’s life (well actually it’s Death, but y’know) This awesome Death of the Endless pop figure is coming to a comic-book emporium near you, pre-order it soon or spend an eternity longing for Death…

Why not join us again next time friends, for more Week In Geek.

Ancient Amazon Archives Revisited…

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The first official reviews are in for the Wonder Woman movie, and by ‘The Mighty Chariot of Zeus’ they are universally in praise of the Themysciran Titan’s first outing on the silver screen. Currently holding a 97% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, it makes Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins’ comic-book translated opus the highest rated Superhero movie ever… that’s right, my amazing Amazonian associates, EVER!

Now, if you are a veteran agent of Precinct1313, you will no doubt be aware that we adore the Amazon Herald, with well over 50% of the posts emanating from this Malefic Mansion of Mystery centered around the exploits of Zeus’ favoured daughterWith the recent influx of new agents to the Precinct (many thanks, and welcome by the way) and with not only the highly anticipated film releasing this Friday, but also Saturday June 3 being DC’s official Wonder Woman day, we believe now is the perfect time to repost our epic journey through the Ancient Amazon Archives that took place last year (and ended up being our most successful series of articles.) It began as a fun way to introduce our WW 75th anniversary comic cover countdown, but grew into something much grander as the series went on.

Over the next few days we shall relive that Herculean Odyssey from it’s humble beginnings. So don your stoutest walking boots, for we are about to journey into Amazon history…

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A warm breeze caresses our face as we cross a small river that quietly flows its way through the centre of the paradise island known as Themyscira. Just up ahead lies the intricately carved gateway that leads down to the ancient Amazon archives, where great tales of heroism and legends may be found, and retold in “Classic Wonder Woman” Precinct1313’s comic cover countdown to the 75th anniversary of Diana Prince.

This weeks colossal cover celebrates the beginning of a new chapter for the Amazon Herald, as we join Donna Troy as the new holder of the title of Wonder Woman, in the very first issue of volume-3 of the awesome Amazon’s continuing adventures. This terrific tome is brought to you by – Writer: Allan Heinberg. Artists: Terry Dodson, Rachel Dodson, and Alex Sinclair, with the colossal cover by Terry Dodson. Released: August 2006.

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The tantalising tale secreted behind the captivating cover is titled “Who Is WonderWoman” and picks up one year after the catastrophic events of Infinite Crisis. Diana has stepped away from the role of Wonder Woman, passing the mantle unto Donna Troy. Donna was once known as Wonder Girl and is Diana’s exact duplicate, brought to life by the Sorceress Magala originally as a playmate for the Themysciran Princess. Donna made her first appearance in The Brave and the Bold #60″ in 1965. Created by Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani. She is most fondly remembered as a founding member of The Teen Titans, though she has also allied herself with, The Justice League, Darkstars and the WhiteLantern Corps.

Join us again next time for another classic WW cover, my affable Amazonian associates!

Wonder Woman Final Trailer Is Legendary In Every Way…

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Hang on one second, I just need to catch my breath… after what was quite possibly the most enthralling and epic film trailer I have ever witnessed. Warner Bros have released one final denouement in their campaign to advertise the forthcoming big screen solo appearance  of the legendary Princess of Themyscira, and Suffering Sappho it’s bloody marvellous indeed!

The new trailer, which debuted during the MTV movie awards ceremony, expertly showcases the massive scope, astounding action and gritty realism of it’s WW1 setting. A film that spans a millennia of generations and finally unleashes to the silver screen the most important and revolutionary fictional female character of all time. Great Hera, it’s going to be glorious… June 2 cannot come soon enough. Enjoy, my amazing Amazonian associates…

Diana’s Origin Explored In New Wonder Woman Trailer…

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By the Mighty Horns of Amalthea is today a wondrous one, not only do we get a glorious new poster design for Gal’s upcoming role as the awesome Amazon, a stunning teaser, showing Diana in combat training with General Antiope (and that bracelets section is just… superb!) but also… a brand spanking new trailer. Great Hera, what a day…what a lovely day…

 

Wonder Woman Official Trailer #2

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The second trailer for next years highly anticipated (especially by us) Wonder Woman movie has now been officially released by Warner Bros, and ‘Great Hera’ it’s even more astonishing than the fantastic original! This IS Wonder Woman, the trailer captures everything we adore about the Awesome Amazon. Watch it, love it… watch it again!

Wonder Woman hits the silver screen on June 09 2017. Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Danny Huston, Lisa Loven Kongsli, David Thewliss, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, and Said Taghmaoui. Screenplay by: Geoff Johns and Allan Heinberg. Directed by: Patty Jenkins.

The Week In Geek… With Precinct1313: Special Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Edition

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Welcome fellow agents of Precinct1313 to an extra special celebratory episode of ‘The Week In Geek’ where we share our favourite Comic Book, Video Game, and Cult Movie news for your perusal and pleasure. And ‘Great Hera’ do we have some awesome Amazonian articles to share with you, in our ongoing celebration of the Themysciran Titan’s 75th anniversary.

Wonder Women Join Forces At The United Nations…

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‘By the labyrinthian lair of the mighty Minotaur’ was Friday 21 of October an awesome day in the annals of Comic-Book history, not only did we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the world’s foremost female Superhero, but also, awesome Amazons; Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot came together to tag team the United Nations and accept the award for ‘Honorary Ambassador For The Empowerment Of Women And Girls’ on behalf of the Princess of Themyscira.

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‘The campaign is about women and girls everywhere, who are wonder women in their own right, and the men and boys who support their struggle for gender equality, bringing about a positive change in their homes, workplace, communities, countries, and the world at large.’ 

Also present at the monumental meeting were: Diane Nelson – President of DC Entertainment, Patty Jenkins – Film Director of the upcoming 2017 Wonder Woman movie, and Christie Marston – Granddaughter of Wonder Woman’s creator William Moulton Marston.

Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary Special…

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Seven and a half decades of arse-kicking Amazon awesomeness will come together in collective Comic-Book form on October 26 when DC Comics release the ‘Wonder Woman Anniversary Special’. An illustrious 80 page issue celebrating the phenomenal Themysciran Princess, that brings together a cadre of classic creators including; Gail Simone, Brian Azzarello, Adam Hughes, Jill Thompson, Jim Lee, Karl Kerschl, plus many, many more.

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Astounding Artwork By Karl Kerschl

So grab your Golden Lasso of Truth, hop into your Invisible Plane, and zoom on down to your local comic book emporium this Wednesday to ask… nay demand your copy of this titanic tome, and indulge in it’s Eleusinian Mysteries!

Zack Snyder Unveils New Wonder Woman Image From Justice League Movie…

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By The Fires Of Tartarus, This Is Awesome!

Director Zack Snyder unleashed a brand new image of the Astonishing Amazon in celebration of her 75 years of heroic heraldry from his upcoming 2017 Justice League movie. The image was shown last Friday in her honour at the United Nations celebrations. Justice League debuts at cinemas on November 17 2017, and also stars Ben Affleck as The Batman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Henry Cavill as Superman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Ray Fisher as Cyborg.

‘By the horns of Amalthea’ why not join us next time friends for more Week in Geek.

Legendary Amazons: Caught On Camera…

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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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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.

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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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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.