Wonder Woman is already shaping up to be one of the most successful films of 2017, thanks in no small part to an amazing sequence in the film's center where Wonder Woman (played by Gal Godot) climbs out of a WWI trench and charges across "no man's land" to attack the enemy line. Collider sat down with cinematographer Matt Jensen to discuss how the scene came to be.
Jensen talks about how the Wonder Woman reveal played into the moment:
It was always one of the major sequences that was causing us the most concern and we put the most work into.
I think the big thing that Patty and I talked about was other superhero origin movies had done this very effectively where the alter ego is not revealed until kind of mid-way through the movie, and it creates this tension, this sense of anticipation because you’re waiting for the hero to do something, to emerge. So we knew we could do that if we could create tension and we could create a sense of anticipation, so we were trying to kind of funnel all of that into that moment so that when she finally emerges as Wonder Woman for the first time, that there was this tremendous build-up and then there was a release.
Though none of the actual run across No Man's Land was reshot, Jensen said some of the essential setup was wisely added in after principal photography had wrapped:
...the one scene that we did during the additional photography was the scene just prior to it where she had seen the horses in the mud and a guy missing his leg and calling out for his mother and she’s like “Why can’t we help these people?” and they’re saying “Move on! We gotta move on!” That was all Patty’s idea and it came I think in the edit. She had had that scene in the script earlier but because of the schedule and logistics we pulled it out, and then she felt in editing she needed it back to do the exact same thing that I was talking about which is to notch up the tension, to just have another scene where she’s being told “Don’t do this. Don’t do this. Don’t help.”