Although initially kicked off with Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in 2013, the DC Extended Universe officially began in earnest with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice earlier this year. The followup to Man of Steel introduced a host of additional superheroes to the DCEU, all of which will receive their own solo films as part of the upcoming slate: Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg. With Suicide Squad having debuted this summer, the next film from the DCEU set to hit theaters is Wonder Woman.
The solo vehicle for Diana Prince (played by Gal Gadot) made a splash at this summer’s Comic-Con International in San Diego, where Warner Bros debuted the first full trailer for Wonder Woman. The trailer showcased Wonder Woman’s home of Themyscira — full of its Amazonian warrior women — Diana’s love interest Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), and plenty of World War I action. Now, after recently receiving classification in addition to reports of its a arrival, a new trailer for Wonder Woman has premiered.
Warner Bros debuted the second Wonder Woman trailer, featuring new footage from the Amazon princess’s solo adventure that sees her leaving Themyscira and joining Trevor during the time of the Great War. Wonder Woman was directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster, The Killing), from a script written by comic and TV scribe Allan Heinberg (Young Avengers, Grey’s Anatomy) and DCEU architect Geoff Johns, based on a story by Heinberg and Snyder.
Gadot’s Diana Prince and Pine’s Steve Trevor are joined in Wonder Woman by Diana’s mother, Amazon Queen Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen); Diana’s aunt, General Antiope (Robin Wright); Antiope’s lieutenant, Menalippe (Lisa Loven Kongsli); and Steve’s secretary Etta Candy (Lucy Davis). Additionally rounding out the cast are David Thewlis and Elena Anaya — the latter of which confirmed her character is a villain in the film.
Although only three movies in, the DCEU has been plagued by poor critical receptions of its films, Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad most notably, as well as reports of studio intervention ranging from fast-tracking a film to re-cutting a movie to fit its marketing campaign. The Batman V Superman Ultimate Edition went a long way in winning back fans, and Suicide Squad will get a similar extended edition treatment. But, considering there were reports that Wonder Woman is “a mess” — though Jenkins publicly denied the claim — fans are undoubtedly worried the film will follow a similar path as previous DCEU entries.
Certainly, Wonder Woman is under a great deal of pressure to deliver a blockbuster hit both in terms of box office success as well as reviews from DC Comics fans, casual moviegoers, and critics alike. But, considering the slightly different tone of Wonder Woman we’ve seen in trailers — albeit a tone that still fits within the established DCEU — and the excitement of fans in response to the trailers, Diana Prince’s solo outing may be just the hit Warner Bros hopes it will be.
Source: Warner Bros