The DC Extended Universe is now in full swing, and fans couldn’t be more excited for what the future has in store. Of course, Suicide Squad is poised to become the breakout movie of the summer, but the franchise’s 2017 offerings are going to be a treat as well. At long last, there will be a live-action Justice League film hitting theaters, but before that Wonder Woman will get her chance to shine in her own solo vehicle.
Diana Prince made a great first impression with her role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, with many feeling she was one of the best parts of the divisive movie. Much like Ben Affleck’s Batman, anticipation for Wonder Woman’s standalone increased tenfold once Dawn of Justice completed its run. Fortunately for fans, they don’t have to wait much longer to get a look at what director Patty Jenkins’ vision for the film, as it looks like the first trailer will premiere at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.
The British Film Board of Classification classified a preview for Wonder Woman, saying it will run 2 minutes and 45 seconds. It will in all likelihood be a part of Warner Bros. big Hall H panel at SDCC where Jenkins and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, and Connie Nielson will be on hand.
The biggest takeaway here is that this will actually be a full-length trailer. Normally when marketing major tentpoles like this, the studio will start with a brief teaser that runs for about 90 seconds or less, before unveiling a longer preview when the release date gets closer (see: Star Wars: The Force Awakens). It’s interesting that WB is breaking away from that tradition for Wonder Woman, but the surprise is a welcomed one. It arguably would be better to come out of the gates with a substantial overview of the film, giving moviegoers a greater idea of what to expect. While Wonder Woman is a popular character, this is her first live-action movie, so it’s important to hook viewers (particularly casual audiences) immediately.
This is also the only time WB can promote the project at SDCC, since Wonder Woman will premiere in June 2017. Events like Hall H panels are designed with the fans in mind, and the studio would probably rather give them all they possibly could. From a certain point of view, it would be disappointing to camp out in line and only see a small teaser when principal photography has been wrapped for some time. WB knows better than anyone how a great trailer (or sizzle reel) can get the forward momentum rolling (Suicide Squad last year), so it’s nice that they’ve put together a substantial first look at Wonder Woman.
After a bumpy start with Man of Steel and Batman V Superman, things seem to be looking up for the DCEU. Suicide Squad is the most buzzed-about film of the year, Justice League is generating nice word-of-mouth following an unprecedented early set visit, and Wonder Woman has several pieces needed to be a high-quality, entertaining film. There were doubts about Gadot when she was first cast, but she’s now one of the faces of the series. With a top-notch director in Jenkins and a stellar cast, Wonder Woman should be a treat.
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.