Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice continues to build hype for itself and DC Entertainment’s forthcoming movie universe, which currently includes the Man of Steel launchpad, Batman V Superman followup and a Suicide Squad movie that will open up the villain side of things, thereafter.
With two big comic book titans about to battle it out onscreen, and some iconic villains like Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Joker (Jared Leto) Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) – and possibly Doomsday – about to make their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to keep focus on the primary element of this DCMU: the heroes! Besides Ben Affleck’s new take on Batman and new developments with Henry Cavill’s Superman, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) will be making her debut, as well. And according to rumor, in this new DCMU continuity, Wonder Woman (like Batman) will have been around for awhile.
This rumor from Mayimbe actually touches back to a rumor floated last fall, which stated that the Wonder Woman movie will be set in the 1920s, as Princess Diana leaves Paradise Island and finds herself in the more gender-restricted world of man. That same rumor pointed to sequels set in WWII and modern day, respectively, making the whole thing sound a bit questionable at worst, unorthodox at best.
Since then, the Wonder Woman movie has been through a lot of creative changes on its way to a 2015 production start. Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren was attached and then left the project; original Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins came on as director; and there’s been talk of DC and WB sifting through half a dozen scripts in order to nail down the proper approach to the project. That’s all to say: no one can be sure what shape the film has taken – if any at all.
Then again, if Mayimbe’s rumors are on point (not just rehashing old info from a defunct version of the film), then there is a clear constant to this movie depiction of Wonder Woman: she’s more like the “New 52” comic books, in that she is most likely the demigoddess daughter of Zeus. The New 52 has, in general, brought the character closer to Greek mythology (with gods like Apollo, Ares, Zeus, Athena, and Hermes all appearing), which could easily be what the film version does as well (move over Hercules…). That would explain Diana’s ancient history as a hero, and add yet another fantastical dimension (mythology) to the DCMU.
It would also make sense for Wonder Woman (and the existence of demigods) to be a well-kept secret in the DCMU. (In a strange way, it’s easier to believe than the notion of Ben Affleck’s Batman having been in operation for years as a shadowy urban myth). Diana’s covert status opens up opportunity in any time period for Steve Trevor to be her government liaison. If DCMU Trevor is also going to be more in line with “New 52” continuity, he’ll be a modern covert agent (head of A.R.G.U.S.), and could be the character that Scott Eastwood is (or is not) playing in Suicide Squad.
If Diana is a demigod, though, it remains to be seen how the DCMU explains the existence of beings like Zeus. We could wind up in MCU Thor territory, where “gods” are just advanced beings. That’s been a fun knot for Marvel to unravel – and it would be just as tangled for DC/WB.
Some online theorists have even speculated that a scene in the Batman V Superman teaser trailer of Superman entering an underground bunker (guarded by ‘Superman Soldiers’) could in fact be a possible meeting with Wonder Woman. That’s all wild speculation, but if she does have a long history of protecting the world, it will be interesting to see what kind of introduction Wonder Woman gets in Dawn of Justice – and how she (a more experienced hero) reacts to Superman after his city-crumbling actions in Man of Steel.
To a larger point: if Batman and Wonder Woman (possibly Aquaman as well) have all existed in the world before Superman’s debut, it will be interesting to see just how aware the future Justice League is of one another, and in what context they each greet Superman. In Batman’s case, the greeting seems clear: fist blows before super bros.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: Heroic Hollywood