With the ever expanding roster of heroes and villains in the DC Extended Universe set to explode on the big screen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, all eyes are pointed towards director Zack Snyder as he prepares to launch a whole new comic book mythos into theaters in a manner suited to give the Marvel Cinematic Universe a run for its money. But given the amount of characters set to make an appearance in the forthcoming potential blockbuster from distributor Warner Bros. Pictures, it remains unclear just how much screen time will be allotted to each of the star players in Snyder’s impending DC movie event.
For those in the know, Gal Gadot will appearing in the eponymous role of the forthcoming standalone title Wonder Woman, and will be making what has been rumored to be an appearance that supposedly “steals the movie” out from under the feet of the eponymous duo of clashing superhero titans in Batman V Superman – via a version of Diana Prince described as being “Inspiring” and “Not there because of a love story” by the people who made the film. However, the extent to which Gadot will be able to utilize Diana Prince’s particular powers in her big screen debut may be tempered for the time being.
In a recent interview with Batman V Superman producer Deborah Snyder conducted by Collider (featured in the video seen above), it was revealed that most of Wonder Woman’s specific and colorful array of special abilities and character traits will be seen later on in director Patty Jenkins solo film for the character. As far as what fans of the Amazonian super-heroine can expect to see in the theater in Batman V Superman, Deborah Snyder stated:
“I think that Zack and Geoff Johns sat down and outlined these stories, many of them at least. Really, we did a chart with what their powers were, like what Superman’s powers were, and I think you see a little bit of Wonder Woman. So we get a sense of her power but we didn’t want to do too much because obviously Patty’s going to build up to that and we’re going to learn how she discovers her powers in that movie.”
Gadot won’t be the only figure from the larger Justice League films yet to come that will be relegated to the side-lines in Snyder’s Dawn of Justice, with fan favorites such as Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) all forced to take a back seat to the much bigger show held between the infamous son of Krypton and Gotham’s dark knight. Regarding said cameo appearances from other noted DC superheroes, Deborah Snyder added:
“With Aquaman and Flash and Cyborg, those are a little bit more cameo, so you see a little bit that there’s something different but we don’t want to give too much away because we were just in the process, and we still are, of developing those scripts.”
It will certainly be intriguing to see the direction that the new series of DC films takes starting with Batman V Superman, regardless of how much screen time is ultimately allotted to Gadot’s long anticipated cinematic turn as Wonder Woman. And with director Zack Snyder’s recent comments about Grant Gustin’s The Flash being excluded from the new movie in the service of a tone entirely dissimilar from that of the one established on the popular TV show on The CW, it will be doubly exciting to see just what shape the larger DC Extended Universe will ultimately take.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016, followed by Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League Part Oneon November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 16th, 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 Corps. on June 19th, 2020.