Wonder Woman Fan Film Succeeds Where DC, Warner Brothers Fail

    September 30, 2013
    Chris Richardson
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Whenever the subject of a Wonder Woman movie or TV show is discussed with those behind bringing DC’s heroes to the live-action screen, words like “tricky” and “getting her right” are often used, and meanwhile, fans are left, well, wondering where the hell their Wonder Woman live action content is. Thankfully, some fan films have come along to fill the smoldering gap that is littered with names like Adrianne Palicki and Joss Whedon. Aside from almost perfectly capturing the tenor and tone of the Wonder Woman character, these fan creations also act as mud in the eye of those behind getting the comic into made into a quality live action offering, preferably in the form of a feature film instead of television.

The latest, courtesy of Rainfall Films, shows getting Wonder Woman right might not be that tricky at all. All it takes is a little effort, some good casting, and the involvement of folks who care about the subject matter. The end result looks as good as any of the hero stuff that airs on the CW:

The movie’s centerpiece is played by Rileah Vanderbilt, and she’s rightfully enjoying the accolades she’s receiving, while offering some behind-the-scenes information:

Over at the video’s YouTube page, the movie’s director, Sam Balcomb, explains the motivation behind the film:

Firstly, thanks for watching. Whether you like, or dislike, our live action interpretation of Diana of Themyscira, Wonder Woman, born of clay, I think (quite a few of) you will agree she is a character just as vital and crucial to our understanding of humanity as any other superhero… if not more so.

We spent the majority of 2013 working on this — the look, the feel, the aspects we most wanted to portray. It’s a scant two and half minutes, but in the end, it’s one hundred and fifty seconds of pure fantasy, where I get to consider the two sides of my favorite warrior: a crusader in man’s world, and a paragon of virtue told through Greek mythology.

It’s a fun world to hang out in. I hope you enjoy it.

– Sam

With that in mind, it would be nice if DC and Warner Brothers took the same kind of approach to making sure a quality Wonder Woman project was actually realized.

[Lead image courtesy of Rainfall Films]
  • Ok

    Corny. “A crusader in a man’s world” — there always has to be a feminist slant to everything nowadays. It gets old after a while.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/chris-richardson Chris Richardson

      Do you really expect them to portray Wonder Woman as a sexpot?

      • Hey Now

        Yes, yes I do! Is she not? Have you not seen how she is drawn?

    • Pip

      It is the truth. If the truth is “feminist” than so be it. It is still the truth regardless if it hurts your delicate male sensibility or not. Masculinists like you always want to shut down everything that tries to change the retrograde status quo.

  • jeffrey

    it gives me the feel of XENA warrior princess.

  • Solari

    It’s a mans world not because it should be, but because we let them have it!!

  • Ally

    Pretty girl, but Princess Diana needs to be taller and bigger. In NO WAY am I bashing her size, but it would be nice to cast a woman that looks closer to the description like they do with the men…

  • Dave

    She sure looks reliably bilt

  • E MJM

    I think this take on Wonder Woman is AWESOME! DC and Warner Brothers would be well served to pay attention. This would be the perfect direction to go with a live-action film.

    LOVE IT!!!!

  • Ollie Thompson

    Nice work Sam and Rainfall Films!

    If you like this cool Wonder Woman fan film check out our Star Wars fan films.

    Smuggler’s Run is a (22 min) serious short film shot on location in Tunisia, Hong Kong and various countries (see it on youtube now).


    The Dark Lord Auditions is a comedic short (also on youtube).


    It would be great if you could take a look, let us know what you think and feel free to share, check out our StarWarsFanFilmSmugglersRun page on facebook.


    All the best and thanks so much.

    Ollie Thompson