Besides being a likely blockbuster in the making, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice represents multiple firsts for the film branch of DC Comics. Most obviously, the film will officially mark the transition into a larger, intertwined DC movie universe, along with playing host to the first meeting between Batman and Superman in the history of live-action cinema. The characters of Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg will be making their film debuts as well. Still, perhaps the most buzzed-about aspect of Batman V Superman is the addition of Wonder Woman, played by Israeli model-turned-actress Gal Gadot.
A 5,000-year-old Amazonian princess, Wonder Woman is easily the most iconic and recognizable female superhero in the history of pop culture, and arguably just as important to the DC brand as Batman and Superman. Unfortunately, that fame hasn’t translated to the big screen until now, with Wonder Woman’s highest profile filmed portrayal to date taking place on the ’70s TV show starring Lynda Carter in the lead role. Many writers and directors tried and failed to bring Princess Diana of Themyscira to theaters prior to BVS, but now it finally looks like she’ll get her time to shine.
That said, it’s still not entirely clear what her role will be in the battle between Batman and Superman, although it seems unlikely that she’ll be there merely to spectate. A popular answer seems to be that she’ll serve as a sort of peacekeeper between the two heroes, which her natural Amazonian abilities would certainly enable her to accomplish. One thing’s for sure, though, this Wonder Woman isn’t here to be anyone’s love interest. Gadot herself said as much in a new interview with Glamour, also insisting that Wonder Woman isn’t relying on anyone but herself to get by in the turbulent DC universe.
“For BvS it was important for me that we show how independent she is. She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story. She’s not there to serve someone else. She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving.”
That statement is sure to delight any Wonder Woman fans with latent fears that Diana Prince and her heroic alter ago were included in Zack Snyder’s upcoming film simply to create some sort of super love triangle, or cause tension between the two alpha males. This fear would not be entirely unfounded for longtime fans, as Wonder Woman has served as either a love or lust interest for both Batman and Superman in both DC’s comic books and some of their animated adaptations. In fact, when Batman first ran into Wonder Woman in the Trinity series, he was so overcome with desire that he planted a kiss on her, only to get a punch to the jaw for his troubles.
Snyder could have easily gone the route of inserting a romantic storyline for Wonder Woman into BVS, and it’ll be refreshing to many fans of the character that she’s set to retain the fierce independence that has often defined her. That said, it’ll be interesting to see how this independence is greeted in the macho World War I-era America that serves as the setting for Wonder Woman’s 2017 solo film. Of course, if she receives resistance from those involved, she could always employ the same method she used on Batman above.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, which is followed by Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps. on June 19, 2020.