Whether you loved it or hated it, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice represented the birth of a new paradigm for the DC Extended Universe and its cinematic outings. Dark is the new light when it comes to the handling of DC’s most popular characters and their big screen portrayals. From Ben Affleck’s (Argo) disillusioned Batman to Henry Cavill’s (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) brooding Superman, director Zack Snyder (Watchmen) tested the limits of audience acceptance of the grimdark style, piling on more grit than a swimsuit after a day at the beach.
Still, it wasn’t all bad. Despite a questionable portrayal of DC’s two biggest and baddest heroes, the introduction of Gal Gadot (Criminal) as Wonder Woman left audiences cheering and wanting more. Seeing the Amazonian heroine in action for the first time on the silver screen was, in itself, a monumental leap forward for DC, portending at the very least a hint of possible greatness for things to come with the burgeoning cinematic universe. Now, we’ve gotten a different look at Wonder Woman thanks to new behind the scenes material.
The following Batman V Superman photos, as picked up by CBR, have found their way online thanks to the special features featured as part of the Ultimate Edition of Batman V Superman (which is now available in Digital HD), and gives us our first proper glimpse of Wonder Woman donning her iconic cloak. While images of the warrior princess were used in the promotional material leading up the release of Dawn of Justice earlier this year, audiences never saw Diana Prince actually wearing her cloak in the film.
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It’s hard to deny just how regal and amazing Gadot looks shrouded in her cloak. Her cloak is part of the traditional garb for the denizens of Wonder Woman’s home island and the newly revealed images from the Dawn of Justice shoot show an apparent respect for the history and mythos of the character. Of course, we’ll see more of her Amazonian heritage in her upcoming solo movie, which has now wrapped production ahead of its release next summer.
While the reaction was mixed on Dawn of Justice, many are looking forward to upcoming DCEU installments Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman being the saving grace of the franchise ahead of Justice League (also currently slated for next year). That will largely depend on how well the Diana Prince character is portrayed, of course, and whether or not fans appreciate director Patty Jenkins’ take on her story.
Even though the footage remains unused, even in the Ultimate Edition cut, WB producers should take heed the importance of staying true to character roots in the minds of their core fan base. While a cloak is a tiny detail in the grand scheme of Wonder Woman’s mythos, in the end it’s the small details that really sell both concepts and characters so paying attention to those things could help win over the skeptics.
Hopefully we’ll see more of Diana and her heritage when the movie drops next year. For now, we can at least appreciate that Wonder Woman was used so well in Batman V Superman and hope for better things to come from the DCEU as time moves on. With Comic-Con just around the corner, there’s sure to be more exciting news and images coming this way, and we’ll keep you posted on all things Wonder Woman and DC as news develops.
Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League 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 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.