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  • So, we've all seen "Wonder Woman" by now, right?

  • I really like it and I wanted to do this quick little sort of

  • mini video essay to talk about

  • one aspect of it

  • the colour

  • and yes, I know, it's me talking about colour and

  • superhero movies again but as positively as

  • "Wonder Woman" has been received, I have seen a lot of people talking about

  • it as having the same dull muted look as the

  • other DC movies which I think is inaccurate.

  • See this movie uses colour better and

  • more deliberately than, not just the other DC movies, but

  • than any other superhero movie in years.

  • So let's talk about that.

  • As I've said before, I think the

  • Zack Snyder DC movies objectively

  • look good since he's a brilliant visual stylist

  • but for movies about Superman,

  • a character who is supposed to represent hope,

  • I think the desaturated, sombre colour pallet

  • is a poor choice

  • but that's Snyder's aesthetic and it's going to be applied

  • to any movie he makes.

  • "Suicide squad", I think actually has good

  • cinematography and bathing the visuals

  • in sickly, yellowish hues works well for a

  • movie about supervillains,

  • but let's look at what "Wonder Woman" does.

  • And the spoilers are going to be very light here, so like

  • Spoiler Alert, she's alive at the end of the movie.

  • The whole first act is set on Themyscira

  • and the colours there are richer and more vibrant

  • than anything we've seen in the other DC films

  • it's full of warm skin tones, deep blues of the

  • ocean and sky and lush green everywhere.

  • It's beautiful and full of colour.

  • Then she accompanies Steve Trevor

  • to England and encounters 'Man's World' for the first time

  • and the whole look changes.

  • Everything is bleak and grey

  • and shown in cold bluish hues

  • and immediately upon arriving Diana remarks

  • "It's hideous."

  • So now we're seeing a look similar to the Snyder movies,

  • except this time it's motivated, providing a sharp

  • contrast between the Amazonian paradise and

  • the shitty world men have made.

  • In an interview last week with Elvis Mitchell

  • on "The Treatment" here's what director Patty Jenkins

  • had to say about the colour

  • "In the opening it's all colour,

  • right, it's every colour, and that is life

  • and that is beauty and if we were living a balanced life,

  • and that is always what I loved about Themyscira,

  • and so I loved that about that world, and then what was

  • interesting is when we got into, em, 'Man's World',

  • I didn't want there to be an overwhelming array of

  • colour, 'Man's World' is much more

  • limited, controlled, it's, it's within a smaller

  • pocket, so there's actually a lot of colour but the colour

  • is only blue, grey, not green."

  • But it gets more interesting when we get to the

  • already iconic 'No man's land' scene.

  • This is the classic moment in any

  • superhero origin movie where the hero

  • makes their public debut, making the choice to

  • step forward and help people.

  • All of 'No man's land' is portrayed as bleak and miserable

  • and cold.

  • Even the clothes the men wear are drab

  • blending into the environment.

  • So look at Diana as she steps out onto the battlefield,

  • her skin tones are warm,

  • the red of her costume is vibrant.

  • She's a beacon of hope and warmth

  • standing out against the cold misery of this wasteland.

  • Compare this to her visual presentation

  • in "Batman v Superman",

  • where all the colours were so muted that you

  • couldn't even tell her costume was red.

  • Everything is just a bunch of brown.

  • Now this continues through the action sequence,

  • especially, as she takes out the Lasso of Truth

  • which provides this bright beam of light

  • cutting through the darkness.

  • And after this battle ends, and the town has been saved,

  • the colour pallet changes, it's now shown in

  • warm yellows and oranges.

  • Diana has literally restored light to the town.

  • Okay, I'm jumping back in here because

  • there's no available footage to use for reference

  • for this next part, so in the next scene,

  • set the following morning, we now see the town

  • bathed in this warm sunlight.

  • And this same idea with the colour

  • shows up in the final scene of the movie,

  • set in the present day,

  • where we see Wonder Woman looking out over

  • Paris which is lit up

  • by this bright golden sunset.

  • The colours here, compared to the blues that had

  • previously covered the landscape, are telling us that

  • Diana's presence has brought hope and a

  • warmth to the world and there really was

  • a brighter tomorrow.

  • Look, this is not especially complicated

  • but it's effective.

  • Patty Jenkins is using colour as a storytelling device

  • which is something I wish I would

  • see in more comic book movies.

  • So don't complain that it's another

  • drab DC movie, when all the colours are

  • thematically motivated.

  • And as for the movie itself, because people keep asking

  • me, I really like it, and I am so happy to report

  • that it accomplished the main thing I was hoping for.

  • It gave us a hero with clear motivations and goals

  • who learned and made discoveries and grew and

  • had a clear arc over the course of the movie.

  • Of all the things the movie did well, the most important

  • was getting Diana right.

  • And now, I am excited to see more movies about her.

  • By the way, this week's regular video will be

  • coming in a couple of days. If you want to help us make

  • more of these things, check out the Patreon.

  • If you wanna get up into what we're working on and

  • yell at me about stuff, check out the

  • media links, and I will see you on

  • Wednesday,

  • probably.

So, we've all seen "Wonder Woman" by now, right?

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How Wonder Woman Uses Color

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    鍾昀倫 posted on 2017/07/05
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