I have a love-hate relationship with DC’s post-Nolan filmmaking pursuits. I dug Man of Steel after I saw it, with that downgrading to “eh” in about a month and “in retrospect, that wasn’t so good” in two months. Any time after that has largely been spent being amused by how thoroughly overstuffed Batman v. Superman appears to be, and mostly just kinda indifferent to the whole endeavor. That all changed when DC announced that Michelle MacLaren, of Breaking Bad and owning all our asses fame, would direct Wonder Woman, a wonderful combination that lasted about a week before MacLaren left. But not all was lost, as DC promptly hired Patty Jenkins (Monster, almost Thor: The Dark World before Marvel decided to find someone else to push over) to direct. And now, in an otherwise generic article from some site called Comicbookmovie.com, the big bombshell (which, while it hasn’t been confirmed yet, should turn out to be true given the number of DC events predicted by the news outlet that started this, Meet the Movie Press) drops; Hoyte van Hoytema will be shooting Wonder Woman.
For those not in the know, Hoyte van Hoytema is one of the hottest cinematographers currently working, if cinematographers can be called “hot” in any meaning of the term. His small body of work is remarkable in how stylistically consistent it is, each film using light not as an edge, but as a softening agent, making the image, uh, light and airy. His breakthrough came from shooting the snowed-in vampire coming-of-age tale Let the Right One In, which led to jobs shooting mid-budget productions like Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Fighter, and my personal favorite, Her. More people than ever witnessed his work when they saw Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar (it may seem like a filmmaker as concerned with hard, physical edges as Nolan would make an awkward fit with Hoytema, but they worked beautifully together, and their work was an absolute treat to watch on IMAX 70mm), and likely more people than even that will see Hoytema’s work on the upcoming Bond film, Spectre (the imagery in the trailers suggests that Hoytema will have no problems filling Roger Deakins’ shoes). I don’t know if the number of eyes on Hoytema will continue to rise with Wonder Woman, but here’s hoping.
As this is still technically a rumor, we don’t know anymore about this, or what format Hoytema will shoot the film on. If Hoytema does indeed shoot the film, then I’d like to personally apologize to DC for all the bad, nasty things I’ve said about them in the past, about their comical fear of primary colors, about their pathetic attempts to emulate Marvel, about pretty much everything relating to Suicide Squad. If you can manage to not fuck this up, DC, then I will reject the Church of Feige and become your biggest fan. I’ll wear a stupid Batman costume when I see your overstuffed, dreary movies with too many cast members, and I may even swallow my variety of jokes about Jai Courtney being a charisma black hole when I see Suicide Squad. Just leave Hoytema be, and you’ll have my support.