Rainfall’s Wonder Woman

A few months ago, I was asked to help bring my hero to life. I thought I was dreaming when Sam Balcomb of Rainfall Films brought the initial idea to me. Was it possible that Wonder Woman might finally be represented well on screen? Would I really get to help make that dream into a reality?

Rainfall Wonder Woman sketch

Sketch by Sam Balcomb

Since that fateful day, I’ve been able to talk about Wonder Woman even more than usual. Breaking down everything from Diana’s history and motivations, to classic comic poses and ancient Greek myths. We decided to heavily base our short on the Perez-era Wonder Woman, complete with ThemAmazonsyscira and monsters out of Greek mythology. We poured over my collection of Wonder Woman comics to capture all the details, even if they would go unnoticed by most of the audience. Through it all, the Rainfall team was adamant about being true to the character, and making a truly kick-ass female superhero.

Then there was the most daunting task of all: designing the outfit. Costuming is a huge part of my life, and I’ve tried my hand at Wonder Woman’s costume before, but we really wanted something unique that would pay homage to Diana’s Greek and warrior roots. It had to be functional, but still capture the iconic look that is so familiar to pop culture. We finally settled on two distinct looks, a more armored suit for the flashbacks to Paradise Island and a sleeker look for the city scenes. Our incredible costuming team, Heather Greene and Sarah Skinner, were able to create the entire costume from scratch, including the leather armor and steel scale maille. Yours truly braided the Lasso of Truth!

On Rainfall SetThe days on set were incredible. Everyone was thrilled to be a part of the project. Rileah Vanderbilt, who plays Wonder Woman in the short, was incredibly dedicated and a huge Wonder Woman fan! The stunt team was incredibly talented and we all watched in amazement as Wonder Woman, with their help, flew for the first time. America Young, Clare Grant, Alicia Big Barda and Wonder WomanMarie, Christy Hauptman, and myself filled out the rest of the Amazons. It was so much fun getting to know these wonderful women while dressing up and playing with swords. It was even more fun to reconnect with all of them at Comic-Con 2013 a few weeks after shooting. Rileah and I even hit the convention floor cosplaying as Wonder Woman and Big Barda, also from DC Comics.

This was truly a labor of love. By combining our talents and passion for this character, I believe we were able to create something worthy of the Amazon Princess. I will be posting more info about this project in coming weeks, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy our passion project!

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10 comments

  1. […] that too. I think I’ll let those that produced this fan-film share all the details too, so check them out here. Thanks to Topless Robot for the heads up on this gem. Check out the video […]

  2. Candy Punch says:

    Just as I thought it should be. You rocked it!!!! I worked and Warner Bros. So disappointed with their Wonder Woman I never watched it past the pilot. This is what I imagined her to be. Wonderful!!!!!!!!!

  3. Dawn/Siryn says:

    Just A Fantastic Job! I Really Enjoyed Watching This More Than A Few Times. :)

  4. Larry Houston says:

    I love this fan trailer! No criticism here. It shows what can be done, if one fully embraces the comic book mythology with enthusiasm and competence. You’ve shown all that is needed to do a great WW movie is a quality character-driven action-packed script, a Joss Whedon-quality Director, and great casting. Lightning, please strike here.

    Over the years, I have seen you can’t please everyone on anything. People will always nick-pick over this Wonder woman detail or that CGI nuance to death, but they will never, ever produce their own version for the world to see. Please ignore them. You’ve produced a trailer you can be proud of. Well Done!

  5. Derek says:

    Just saw this short film and shared it with my 13K fb fans: http://www.facebook.com/simplysuperheroes

  6. Kate says:

    This is so awesome! Such great work. I loved seeing Wondie in a beautiful costume that not only combines her Greek and American heritages but also properly fits her :D Great job!

  7. Mario Williams says:

    Perfect! This short proves that an epic Wonder Woman feature is viable. Rainfall has produced a masterpiece that validates this truth. I can easily see Vanderbilt’s Wonder Woman standing next to the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel. I like the fact that she brings an intelligence and strength to the character that the fans and audience deserve to see. The imagery and story was great. Please give us more!

  8. Walt says:

    Congrats on the short and how well it is being received. You guys did an amazing job on it and the armor is truely something to drop a jaw over. Well done.

  9. […] let one those that helped bring this fantastic fan-film to life share some of the details, so check that out here. Thanks to Topless Robot for the heads up on this gem. Check out the video […]

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