The pressure is on for DC's Wonder Woman film.
Having received major critical backlash for the grim, joyless tone of this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. is facing something of an existential crisis; a kind of fork in the road determining the future of the DC franchise's development.
It's clear the studio are keen to change up the tone of its next cinematic offerings, with both the first trailer and early featurette for Justice League noticeably adding more light humour to proceedings; with the same approach certainly being applied to the Wonder Woman solo adventure, too.
"Wonder Woman is very different in tone and style than Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad," producer Deborah Snyder told Variety. "We pick directors who have their own points of view, so that each of our films will have their own personality."
"There’s a misconception that DC or Warner Bros. has made a conscious decision for all our movies to be darker or edgier," added Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment and resident of Warner Bros. Consumer Products. "That’s not the case. Fans of the DC universe know that there are characters, like Batman, who are darker, but there are others like Wonder Woman, who are hopeful, optimistic leaders, and the tone of this film represents that."
"Patty brought a beauty and a sense of lightness or humor, and a little romance to it," she also said of the film's director, Patty Jenkins. "It’s a very aspirational movie."
Previously, following a critical letter published by an 'alleged former Warner Bros. employee' which claimed Wonder Woman was "another mess", Jenkins herself responded to rumours by stating, "zero about the movie we are making has been called a mess by anyone in the know."
Wonder Woman hits UK cinemas 2 June 2017.