Last month's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice broke box office records to the tune of $850 million and ushered in a new era for the DC Extended Universe. Next up for the franchise is Suicide Squad, which premieres in theaters later this year and where Batman will make another appearance. But for a continuation of the story started in Dawn of Justice, fans may have to wait until next year's Wonder Woman.
Currently filming in Italy and France, the standalone superheroine film is said to be an origin story that will follow a young Princess Diana as she becomes Diana Prince and then finally dons her leather suit to become Wonder Woman. It'll take fans from her beginnings on Themiscyra (with Italy subbing in for the island nation) to her life during World War I (which the cast filmed in and around London). Yet some are now wondering whether parts of the film will in fact also take place in modern times.
A new photo released today from the set in Paris, France shows a Wayne Enterprises bank truck outside a museum. While it doesn't seem likely that Paris is subbing in for Gotham, and the license plate on the truck is also European, it does make us question whether Wonder Woman is indeed visiting her old pal Batman.
However, there's also another part of the photo that gives us pause, and that's the fact that the bank truck looks very modern to be existing in the early 20th century when the film is supposed to take place. So it does seem more likely that this scene occurs in present day. But if it's Gotham in the picture or possibly just an international vehicle for Wayne Enterprises, we'll have to wait to find out.
If Paris is Gotham in the film though (instead of them using Chicago for the city like in Dawn of Justice), then there are a few theories as to what this could mean. It's possible that the movie starts with Diana telling Bruce her life story because of some connection to her past involving what happens at this museum. Yet another theory is that this has nothing to do with Wonder Woman's origin story at all, and that it's simply a flashforward scene that will lead off into the Justice League film releasing a few months later.
Right now it's all guess work, of course, as we try to figure out if this is the past or present day and if it's part of Diana's origin story, only leading into it or just taking place afterward. Either way, connecting Wonder Woman to other members of the Justice League is probably a good choice for hyping up the next film, even if including Batman could take away from the character's first solo outing.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is now playing in U.S. theaters. Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League Part One on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League Part Two on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020.