Reactions to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice were sharply divided, but one thing almost everyone seems to agree on is that Gal Gadot’s debut as Wonder Woman was a major highlight of the film. It’s taken the world’s most well-known female superhero over 75 years to get to the big screen, and Warner Bros. Pictures clearly knows it got a potentially massive franchise in the character; one who’s already one of the DC Extended Universe’s most marketable intellectual properties.
For these reasons, it comes as no surprise that the studio decided to heavily tout Gadot’s superhero currently in-production solo film at the 2016 CinemaCon in Las Vegas. Footage from the film was screened as part of WB’s big presentation to theater owners at the event, and reports indicate that it was positively received.
As reported by Variety, the Wonder Woman footage that was shown to CinemaCon attendees included “the Amazonian warrior princess beating up a platoon of World War I soldiers,” along with “a brief glimpse of love interest Chris Pine atop a motorcycle, as well as Wonder Woman using her shield to deflect gunfire, and riding a horse, sword drawn and ready for action.” The early look at the upcoming Wonder Woman solo movie was part of a broader presentation by WB touting the expansive nature of its unfolding DC Extended Universe feature films; that also included the announcement of a new solo Batman feature to be written and directed by star Ben Affleck.
Several members of the film press who attended the event also shared their reactions on social media, with the buzz thus far trending largely positive.
WB showed a bunch of early footage from Wonder Woman: her riding a horse, Pine on a motorcycle and flying a plane, love the period feel.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 12, 2016
Just showed a huge DC Films reel with probably 20-30 seconds of Wonder Woman footage, also a Snyder/cast message from set of Justice League.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) April 12, 2016
Patty Jenkins is directing the feature, which is described as both a prequel to the other present-set DCEU movies and an origin story for the title character. The story will introduce audience to The Amazons, a race of warrior women who inhabit a secret island civilization called Themyscira. In traditional Wonder Woman mythology, Pine’s Steve Trevor is a wounded soldier who discovers the Amazons by accident and nursed to health by Gadot’s Princess Diana in spite of a prohibition against men setting foot on the island. She is eventually convinced to leave for “man’s world” and join the war effort (World War I in this version) as Wonder Woman.
Little else is yet known about the film (which is still in production), including whether or not Wonder Woman will face any of her traditional comic book enemies or what events will propel her to the circumstances she appears in during the events of Batman V Superman. Speaking as part of the CinemaCon presentation, Jenkins would only say that “We’re going to see her coming of age.” The film is being boosted by an increased visibility for the character in other media, including DC Comics’ high-profile release of Grant Morrison’s much-hyped Wonder Woman: Earth One; a new graphic novel that revisits the central themes of the character’s origin.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.