In less than a month, Wonder Woman finally gets her first live-action film. It’s been 76 years in the making, and fans of Diana Prince, both old and new, are expected to come out in force. Of course, the Gal Gadot-starring, World War I centered origin story isn’t just a Wonder Woman movie - it’s also a part of the larger DCEU.
Contextually this represents a chance for Warner Bros. to turn around its thus far divisive franchise, but on a micro level also informs the narrative. Audiences have already met this iteration of Diana in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which provided a few clues to her past - she was primarily hunting down a photograph of the standalone’s events and alluded to having killed creatures from other worlds before - and will inevitably hang over what is in many ways a prequel.
We're not just looking backward though; later on, in 2017, Wonder Woman returns alongside Batman, The Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg in Justice League, and her own film is sure to have some clues for what to expect come November. The plot clues aren't going to be as heavy as with direct lead-in BvS - Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins has stated that she was given free reign beyond the basic casting and costuming choices made in Dawn of Justice to craft her own tonal experience - but here’s how, from everything known about the production, we think the setup might work.
The Modern Day Bridging
As we met Wonder Woman first in Batman v Superman, the solo film will jump off from that and have modern-day-set bookends showing Diana in her day-to-day work at the Louvre. It’s here she gets sent a physical copy of the photo she was hunting in Dawn of Justice, sending her into a spiral of memories of times gone by.
Seeing as it literally bridges BvS and Justice League, this is one of the most tangible links between the solo outing and the team-up, showing us Diana in the calm before the storm. Indeed it seems that Justice League will pick up right here, with one of the brief shots of a non-costumed Diana in the trailer teasers showing her working on a statue in the gallery. Although simple narrative placement may not be the whole of it.
For starters, who’s sent that image is interesting - according to production liaison Anna Obropta, it’s from none other than Bruce Wayne, who presumably in the collapse/restructuring of LexCorp found the hard copy. Bruce and Diana made a deal at the end of Dawn of Justice to assemble the metahumans after Superman’s sacrifice restored their respective faith in humanity and are presumably be still working towards that goal, so this likely plays into the DCEU's bigger picture in some form.
Of course, there may be a greater purpose to these bookends. It has been stated that the modern scenes are primarily just for establishment and won't have any direct plot relevance (so no Ares in 2017 Paris), but that needn't rule out a more tangible link to the future (similar to Captain America: The First Avenger). What exactly probably won’t be known until June 3rd. It may be that Bruce’s message contains more pertinent information about the task at hand, although a more unexpected tease would be the perfect way to cap the film.
- Wonder Woman (2017) release date: Jun 02, 2017
- Justice League (2017) release date: Nov 17, 2017
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018