As promised, Warner Bros. gave fans a sneak peek at the live-action DC Universe – culminating in the full reveal of a brand new Suicide Squad trailer. In addition to new footage of Task Force X, the studio also showcased never-before-seen Batman V Superman video as well as teased what to expect from Aquaman, The Flash, Cyborg, and Green Lantern Corps (with brief interviews with Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, and Ray Fisher); however, aside from Suicide Squad, the other main event was a preview of the Wonder Woman solo movie starring Gal Gadot from director Patty Jenkins.
The Wonder Woman footage isn’t a full trailer, and most shots are brief and out of context, with featurette-style narration taken from interviews with Jenkins, Gadot, and Chris Pine. Still, the video clips do tease an interesting juxtaposition between Wonder Woman’s amazonian fighting – and the World War 1 period backdrop.
Based on the footage (which you can see at the top of the page), it’s understandable why DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns describes Wonder Woman as the “best fighter in the DC Universe” – as the preview offers-up several shots of Diana Prince in action (including an eye-popping roundhouse kick) that should be a fun palate cleanser after the hero versus hero/team-up battles of Batman V Superman.
Still, while the footage features plenty of memorable images (such as Wonder Woman on horseback charging gun-toting soldiers), fans who have been frustrated by DC’s “darker” comic book movie tone likely won’t be thrilled to see Diana Prince cast in such a grey and bleak world. Ultimately, given that Wonder Woman only started filming two months ago, with a full year and a half before Wonder Woman actually hits theaters, the footage that was shown is still relatively early in the production – and it’s way too early to judge the full film or make assumptions about the movie based on the 45 seconds of clips that were shown. The film that Jenkins and Warner Bros. are developing probably isn’t what fans pictured when they heard that a big screen adaptation of DC’s amazonian princess was set for 2017 – in a good way. Even if it’s not expected, the footage implies that Jenkins has a unique vision for the character.
Considering that Wonder Woman takes place in World War 1 and is billed by Johns as a “coming of age” story, there’s plenty of reason for Jenkins to present a serious world; yet, that doesn’t mean that the film will be joyless. Pine suggests that it’s an important story – and, without question, Warner Bros. will be working hard to ensure that DC’s first female-lead superhero movie (which will beat Marvel Studios’ Captain Marvel to theaters by two years) tells a great superhero tale, regardless of gender.
After all, it is the combination of Diana Prince’s kindness and lethal fighting skills that makes her such an interesting character. As the preview suggests, it is that juxtaposition that leads Wonder Woman to venture out into the world, after her fellow amazonian warriors had previously forsaken humanity, to protect mankind.
Even though fans will have to wait until 2017 to see what Jenkins delivers, viewers only have to wait another two months to see Wonder Woman in action – joining the Dark Knight and Man of Steel in Batman V Superman. Dawn of Justice won’t have time to explore Wonder Woman as much as the titular heroes but should provide fans a sneak peek at what to expect from this iteration of the character. How the studio then takes this Diana Prince and inserts her into a World War 1 story remains to be seen but, as mentioned, in a genre where origin stories have become increasingly stale, it does appear that Warner Bros. is intending to do something different with their Wonder Woman solo movie.
Time will tell if that something different turns out to be as divisive as the studio’s take on Superman in Man of Steel.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will see theatrical release on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; and Green Lantern on June 19th, 2020. The Superman and Batman solo films have release dates TBD.