Next summer, moviegoers will finally be treated to the theatrical solo debut of Wonder Woman, an event many would argue is very long overdue. As the most well-known female superhero in the history of comic books – often referred to as part of DC’s “holy trinity” alongside Batman and Superman – Wonder Woman (a.k.a. Diana Prince) has traveled a long road to reach the big screen. First capturing general audiences’ attention via a successful ’70s TV series starring Lynda Carter in the title role, Diana didn’t end up returning to live-action entertainment again until February’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice introduced Gal Gadot’s rendition of her to the DCEU.
This past weekend’s Comic-Con festivities brought fans their first proper taste of Wonder Woman’s solo film, in the form of a full-length trailer. To say that the response to that trailer has been positive would be a massive understatement, with even many of those who didn’t care for Batman V Superman expressing a desire to buy a ticket for Princess Diana of Themyscira’s triumphant arrival to theaters. Both action-packed and full of humor, Wonder Woman’s trailer painted a picture of a film poised to perhaps take the DCEU to new heights.
Not wanting to let that fever die down, WB (by way of Empire) has released a brand new photo from Wonder Woman, featuring Gadot’s Diana crouching down for cover during what appears to be the heat of a World War I era battle. While he’s not in the photo, one assumes that Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) isn’t too far away.
While already seen in modern times during Batman V Superman, Wonder Woman’s solo debut indeed takes viewers back to WWI, which at the time was referred to as “The Great War.” This is an alteration to her traditional origin story from the comics – which saw her first get involved in World War II – and was reportedly done for creative reasons.
If nothing else, moving the action to WWI will likely help to avoid too many comparisons to Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger, a film in which the WWII setting loomed so large that it was almost a character in and of itself. Setting changes aside, Wonder Woman has the potential to truly become a landmark in the history of super hero cinema. Here’s hoping the final cut lives up to its eye-catching trailer.
Suicide Squad is scheduled to arrive in theaters on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017; followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; 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. The Flash is currently without a release date.