The changing color palette of ‘Wonder Woman’ isn’t just for looks—it’s for story.
Critics and fans alike have spoken ; Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is not only a box agency smash, but it besides offers DC fans more to get excited about with its epic battle sequences, entertaining dialogue, and one hell of a superheroine. But one less discourse aspect of the film that is particularly scheme is its clever use of color to add depth and dimension to the floor. In this short-circuit video test, Patrick Willems discusses how Wonder Woman ‘s color palette paints two very different pictures of the the idyllic eden in which Diana was raised, and the beastly reality where Wonder Woman is born.
The experience of watching Wonder Woman is like to that of watching Wizard of Oz, merely reversed. rather of opening to Dorothy ‘s sepia-toned Kansas grow and close on the kaleidoscopic Land of Oz, we open to Diana ‘s verdant, all-female utopia and close on several war-embroiled countries, which are given a liberal dust of dull cyan. The juxtaposition of vibrant and muffle colors is an indicator that color plays a big function in the history of how Diana became Wonder Woman. We ‘ve seen a alike cyan palette in another DC movie, Man of Steel. Unlike Man of Steel, which seems to use it less efficaciously, good to create a stylize space for two guys to throw each other through skyscrapers, Wonder Woman utilizes it to communicate the film ‘s crucial themes, as represented by its two independent locations : Themyscira and the universe beyond its inconspicuous boundary line.
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Our own Liz Nord recently interviewed Wonder Woman DP Matthew Jensen and discussed many aspects of the film ‘s ocular expressive style, including the conscientious use of color. Jensen explained : What we were trying to do with Themyscira was to emphasize its natural beauty and have a truly full color pallette and for you to feel the heat of the sun and the bronze, healthy skin tones of the Amazons, and the lavish greens and the greenish blue and cyans of the water system.
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then, as we got into London and the Front, we put a heavier emphasis on bluish green and we had a batch of overcast light. There ‘s a fiddling more contrast. What we ‘re seeing in front of the lens, there ‘s more blacks and more browns and deep greens. The environment is n’t angstrom filled with color as Themyscira is. A batch of the references that we were looking at of London in finical at that time, it ‘s heavily polluted and you truly had black skies because they were still burning coal everywhere. That ‘s something that we wanted to emulate in the looks but we did n’t want to get excessively oppressive. Just to give you a palpable sense of the environment. Patty Jenkins and her team used color to its greatest potential in Wonder Woman—not as a simple overlie to make shooting look moody and epic poem, but as an effective narrative instrument that brings more proportion to the themes and motifs of the floor. Was it the greatest use of discolor in a film ? No, there are plenty of other ( non-superhero ) films that have done much better, but not since The Dark Knight have we seen a DC movie with equally much awareness of the power of discolor as Wonder Woman. It ‘s fair another reason why Jenkins ‘ film is one of the more important superhero films to watch and study .