‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Takes Over Georgetown, Watergate
By June 20, 2018 0 673•
Film crews for “Wonder Woman 1984” shut down Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to Volta Place on June 14, taking the town back in time more than 30 years — and also filmed at Watergate East June 15.
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 localbusinesses.” Speaking of the decade during which the Wonder Woman story is set, Johnsonadded: “It’s great to see Georgetown in its heyday.”
Actors Gal Gadot, Chris Pine and Kristin Wiig have been spotted around town. Gadot was not part of the June 14 shoot in Georgetown.
On June 15, Gadot and Pine were spotted on a Watergate balcony during filming there. The Watergate complex’s back lawn was part of the shoot with crew, extras and cows (that’s right) along with smoke and pyrotechnics.
The “Wonder Woman” effect has been felt around the D.C. area — from the Hirshhorn Museum, the U.S. Treasury, Pennsylvania Avenue near the Archives to a revived Landmark Mall in Alexandria, Virginia.
Film crews will return July 1 to take over Wisconsin Avenue from M Street to P Street.