Looks like It’s Armistice Day at Trafalgar Square

For one morning last month, Trafalgar Square was sent back in time. The historic landmark was transformed into a version of its WWI-era self for a film shoot for the new Wonder Woman movie starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Roads were closed for almost four hours as crews filmed scenes.

Observers took to Twitter to announce the British flags, antique vehicles and period costumes they witnessed. The scene appeared to be an army homecoming. This led to much speculation on the internet.

Ashley Mav Davies tweeted: “Filming for Wonder Woman In Trafalgar Square today, turned the whole place into a WW1 scene!”

Vince Strachan added: “Warner Bros were filming in Trafalgar Square this morning for the new Wonder Woman film, looked like a scene from WW1.”

And Amy Jones wrote: “Filming at Trafalgar Square. Rumors are that it’s Wonder Woman. The set is made up to look like the day WW1 ended.”

The roads were reopened at 10:30 a.m. It caused some traffic disruption.

The Wonder Woman movie is scheduled for release in June 2017.

There have been many films shot on location in Trafalgar Square, with its iconic pillar and buildings. It is an ideal setting for a film maker. Trafalgar Square was the scene of great celebrations at the end of WW I and WW II.

If the rumors are true, then the recreation of the last day of WW I should be something to look forward to. On this day, massive crowds throngs the square in a state of expectation. They were all expressing their joy and relief over the end of the war and the British and Allied Victory.

The celebrations were muted, because so many men and women had been killed or suffered life-changing injuries. One wonders how realistic the scenes will be in the upcoming film. The upcoming film will find it very hard to recreate the atmosphere on that memorable day.

Also in February, a double-decker bus was exploded on Lambeth Bridge as part of a stunt for The Foreigner, starring Jackie Chan and Pierce Brosnan.

John Taylor described the stunt as insensitive. John is the father of Carrie Taylor, who was killed at Aldgate Station during the London terror attacks on July 7, 2005. Taylor said he knew a controlled explosion was scheduled to occur, but did not know that it would involve a public transit bus. This meant that he briefly mistook the stunt for a real attack and it brought back terrible memories for him.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE