If you have have the pleasure of seeing Wonder Woman already, then it may be hard to picture the film without its male lead. Steve Trevor holds a special role in the heroine’s standalone as he offers conflicting insight to the world of man, one which Diana Prince does not agree with. When Wonder Woman was first being developed, behind-the-scene talks queried whether Steve was a necessary part of the film. And, now, producer Zack Snyder has revealed how the male lead made his way back into the movie.
In celebration of Wonder Woman’s box office success, the book Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film is set to hit shelves. The book features a few creator interviews, and it houses one intriguing conversation with Snyder about Steve.
“Early on we talked about whether or not we would bring him into the story,” Snyder explained. “Steve is so deep in the mythology that after some debate we found that just like Wonder Woman needs Steve, we needed Steve too. We need to be able to look at Wonder Woman through the eyes of the audience.”
Continuing, Snyder said, “And it’s interesting that those eyes be Steve’s, in that he almost represents the status quo. He also has to be changed by Wonder Woman. He has to see the world through her eyes and then he had to become a hero in his own way, inspired by her.”
Of course, Steve was no pushover even before he crash-landed on Themyscira. The man was a spy for the Allied Forces who felt an innate want to change the world. He may not have been born a hero, but Steve always had the potential to do great things. The ultimate sacrifice he makes at the end of Wonder Woman happens thanks to that pull, but it is also largely inspired by Wonder Woman’s growing realization that mankind is something worth believing in. Steve is just one of the men who taught Diana that, and they share a dialogic relationship as such.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.