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Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot describe their Wonder Woman

“A god coming into mankind...”

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Just after Warner Bros.’ massive panel in Hall H, full of Wonder Woman, Justice League and Suicide Squad trailers, there was a somewhat smaller, though still very well attended affair: the Wonder Woman 75 panel.

And while the panel was partially about the character’s long legacy, and her future at DC Comics, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins and star Gal Gadot were on hand, and they let a few tidbits about the movie drop.

After a repeat showing of the first trailer for Wonder Woman, revealed only a few hours before in Hall H, moderator Tiffany Smith asked what the audience would get when they could finally sit down and watch the full film.

"It’s a story of a girl becoming a woman," Gadot answered. "Diana grew up in Themyscira, where she was very safe and protected, and she thought she knew everything there was to know about the world. And when she left Themyscira to go to the world of men, she realizes that there’s so much more to learn and there’s so much she doesn’t understand."

Jenkins, who’d already mentioned that Wonder Woman is her favorite superhero, had a more expansive take on the arc of the film.

"Like the great origin stories, it has a classic coming of age arc," she began. "You start with someone who wants to save the world and do the right thing ... We blended a lot of the different origins together, so the original, and greatly the [1987 George Perez reboot of the character], all of the big ones, really. So it ends up being that she doesn’t realize that she has something to do with the gods. So you’re looking at a god coming into mankind. And what an incredible opportunity, to have a god seeing what mankind is capable of. What an incredible story arc that creates the potential for.

"[Diana comes in] wanting to save the world and wanting to be great," Jenkins continued, "but what are the things that you do along the way? And how do you end up learning to be a loving powerful hero? The power comes easy, how do you do all the other things? Such a great opportunity to get to tell that kind of story."

Wonder Woman hits theaters June 2, 2017. You can watch its first trailer right here.

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