[Warning: Potential Spoilers For Wonder Woman ahead.]
Man of Steel may be the entry point into the newly launched DC Extended Universe, but by all means it seems as though next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the first to really expand that shared universe. For one, a number of superheroes other than the titular ones, like Jason Momoa’s Aquaman and Ezra Miller’s The Flash, will make their debuts in small cameos before joining up in Justice League, which is currently set for release in 2017.
Another Justice League member will have a more substantial role in Batman v Superman, however, and that is none other than Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. As it stands, the plan is for her to be introduced to audiences next year with Batman v Superman before spinning off into her own Wonder Woman solo film, currently set for release in the summer of 2017. The film will star Gadot as Wonder Woman and Chris Pine, playing her love interest Steve Trevor. Eva Green and Sean Bean are also rumored to play villainous roles. Breaking Bad director Michelle MacLaren was initially set to direct based off of a script by Jason Fuchs, but she was later replaced by the original Thor 2 director Patty Jenkins after dropping out.
Although Wonder Woman is set to start filming in November, we have heard relatively little plot-wise regarding the Amazonian princess’s first solo outing. Among the few rumors that have come out so far, one thing seems to have stayed prevalent throughout: Wonder Woman will go through multiple timelines. One of those timelines will reportedly be World War I and the other the present day. A new report from JoBlo corroborates this information, and adds many, many more Wonder Woman plot details.
First off, like many have assumed, it seems as though Wonder Woman will be to the DCEU what Thor is to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), with the one big difference being that she is heavily rooted in Greek mythology rather than Norse. Otherwise, it seems their mythical roots in a larger heroic universe will be very similar.
Also confirming previous reports, JoBlo says that the two main villains of Wonder Woman will be Ares — with Sean Bean rumored to be playing the Greek god of War, and the sorceress Circe — who is rumored to be played by Eva Green. Ares will play more of a secondary role, however, likened to being a “puppet master” largely working behind the scenes.
Both will reportedly look fairly similar to their comic book counterparts in the movie, with the usual cinematic upgrades being made. While Ares will not play a huge role in the actual film, he likely will be instrumental in the plot itself, with him at one point rumored to “employ an army of beasts that are described as red or green demonic monsters with horns and wings” to defeat Wonder Woman. Circe, on the other hand, is said to “take on the form of a Chimera-like monster” while fighting the titular heroine. It also seems Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet will play a role in the film, although its part in the plot will be minimal.
The film itself will, as previously mentioned, take place over two different time periods, that will be connected through Wonder Woman telling Steve Trevor of her first fight with Ares during WWI, although it’s unclear if this will be interwoven with a flashback to that period. Most of the film, however, will take place during modern day, which means there will be plenty of opportunity for tie-ins to the larger DCEU, and it seems they will be taking full advantage of that.
As the report states, the story of Wonder Woman will unfold a few months before Batman v Superman, even though the film itself is getting released after. No larger connections to the rest of the Justice League are drawn until the conclusion, when Ben Affleck’s Batman is rumored to appear to observe one of Wonder Woman’s battles, and make contact with her soon after, which would explain why it seems the two have a prior relationship in Batman v Superman.
As always, take these rumors with a large grain of salt, considering they are unconfirmed at this time, and even then, they could still change by the time production begins. But these claims seem to be somewhat valid, especially since they not only fit in but expand on a lot of what we have heard before, from the differing timelines of the film to the main villains. Whether or not these points pan out remains to be seen, but they do make a bit of sense and would certainly be an interesting way of connecting it to the larger DC universe.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016, 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 23, 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 on June 19, 2020.