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26 C I N E M O N T A G E F E A T U R E By Peter Tonguette P icture editor Richard Pearson, ACE, did not set out to become a comedy specialist, an action guru, or a comic book connoisseur—but some- how, he has evolved into all three. In his attempt to craf t a diverse, unpredictable career in post-production, Pearson has pivoted from one genre to another. Early in his career, he edited a series of broad, and broadly appealing, comedies, including Frank Oz's "Bow- finger" (1999) and the first sequel in the "Men in Black" trilogy (2002). After trying his hand at action with the James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" (2008), the editor then became embedded in not one but two comic book universes: After cutting Marvel's "Iron Man 2" (2010), Pearson moved onto the DC Extended Universe. He was one of multiple editors on "Justice League" (2017) and is now the sole editor on one of the year's most a n t i c i p a te d n e w re l e a s e s, " Wo n d e r Woman 1984." "I was always very keen to make sure that I didn't get pigeonholed: 'Oh, he's the comedy guy, or he's the action guy or he's the drama guy,'" Pearson said from London in March, when he was putting the finishing touches on "Wonder Wom- an 1984." The film was first set to drop in June, but the Covid-19 pandemic prompt- ed Warner Bros. to shift the release date several times before settling on October 2 (as of press time). The sequel to the 2017 blockbuster "Wonder Woman," "Wonder Woman 1984" represents a reunion for many of its key players: Director Patty Jenkins is again calling "action" and "cut," while Gal Gadot resumes the role that won her legions of fans in the earlier film. In the sequel, Gadot's Wonder Woman (and/ or her alias, Diana Prince) finds herself RICHARD PEARSON ON EDITING THE YEAR'S BIG ACTION SEQUEL 'Wonder' Land Gal Gadot. P H O T O : W A R N E R B R O S / D C E N T E R T A I N M E N T

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