‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Takes Over Georgetown, D.C.

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Lights, camera ... waiting for action at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street in front of Thomas Sweet ice cream shop. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.

Film crews for “Wonder Woman 1984” shut down Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to Volta Place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, taking the town back in time more than 30 years.

With classic cars from the 1970s and 1980s parked along P Street and Wisconsin Avenue — as well as having a nearby reconstituted Commander Salamander with real merchandise in the clothing store for a day — Georgetown was, like . . . totally ’80s.

There was also action on the Wisconsin Avenue overpass at the C&O Canal, as stunt actors were lowered by wire to land on the towpath.

Concerns about traffic remained as there were few roadside traffic alerts for drivers in advance, especially for those on M Street. Some trucks had a hard time navigating the side streets.

Still, most business owners were positive about Georgetown’s cinematic moment. “I think it is great that they are filming in Georgetown,” said Ed Solomon, owner of Anthony’s Tuxedo and Wedding Creations, who is also a local advisory neighborhood commissioner.

Krista Johnson of Ella Rue, also on P Street, was excited about the film event. “Director Patty Jenkins could not have been more gracious to fans, and the crew is supporting local businesses.” Speaking of the decade during which the Wonder Woman story is set, Johnson added: “It’s great to see Georgetown in its heyday.”

Elsewhere, the Wonder Woman effect has been felt near the Hirshhorn Museum and the U.S. Treasury, as well as at a revived Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia. There will also be filming at the Watergate complex on Friday.

Actors Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristin Wiig have been spotted around town. As for Gadot herself being in Georgetown for the filming, Johnson said that she was not part of today’s shoot.

A classic Mercury Marquis is parked on P Street NW June 14. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.
A Chrysler Town & Country station wagon on P Street NW. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.
Lights, camera . . . waiting for action at Wisconsin Avenue and P Street in front of Thomas Sweet ice cream shop. Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.
Traffic was diverted off Wisconsin Avenue for the June 14 film shoot. . Photo by Patrick G. Ryan.
Classic cars, recruited for “Wonder Woman 1984,” were off loaded near the intersection of Wisconsin Avenue and M Street. Photo by Robert Devaney.
Closed eight years ago, Commander Salamander, was reincarnated next to Reddz Trading, whose owner, Wendy Ezrailson, co-founded the classic clothing store. Photo by Robert Devaney.
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