Chris Pine Says 'Wonder Woman' Is Set During World War I

He'll play a man "who’s seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization," but by which definition of "modern"?
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The subject has been the matter of much speculation, but now Wonder Woman star Chris Pine has confirmed that the Warner Bros. movie featuring the DC Entertainment icon is, indeed, a prequel taking place before the character's cinematic debut in this year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Almost a century before, in fact, with action set during World War I.

"It’s a period we don’t see often; it’s usually World War II," Pine told the Toronto Sun. "Our costume design is incredible. We have scenes with, like, 500 extras all in period dress. I’d never been on a film with extras casting as beautifully done as it is here."

The mechanics of the period setting considering Gal Gadot's appearance in the contemporary Batman v Superman remain a mystery, although two obvious possibilities suggest themselves from the character's comic book mythology.

Although a 1990s storyline featured the then-active Wonder Woman (actually the regular Wonder Woman's mother, filling in for her daughter temporarily; don't ask) traveling into the past to fight in World War II, a more straightforward solution comes in the fact that Wonder Woman literally isn't human; as an Amazon — and one whose father is a mythological god — it's possible that she simply ages slower than the average Joe or Josephine.

Pine plays (the entirely human) Steve Trevor in the movie, a character traditionally portrayed as Wonder Woman's love interest. The Star Trek actor told the Sun that there's more to him than that, however: "Steve Trevor is a roguish, cynical realist who’s seen the awful brutish nature of modern civilization," he explained, going on to describe him as "a worldly guy, a charming guy."

He was also effusive about Wonder Woman as a whole, saying, "it’s going to be a great, fun film. There are some incredibly deep, interesting and morally relevant themes. Patty [Jenkins] is just directing the daylights out of it. It’s shot beautifully, feels so wonderfully period, but also has this wonderful pop sensibility."

Wonder Woman is scheduled to open June 2017.