Last year, Wonder Woman debuted in the DCEU to intense fanfare, but critics did not the confusion they felt over her character. Gal Gadot brought poise to Diana Prince, but her disinterest in helping mankind left plenty taken aback. Batman v Superman presented Wonder Woman as a grittier heroine, but that darkness wasn't seen anywhere in the heroine's new standalone. Wonder Woman made Diana out to be a pure hero who didn't have the hang-ups she did in Batman v Superman. And, now, director Zack Snyder says that stark character contrast was planned from the start.
With Wonder Woman's release crushing box office expectations, Warner Bros. is poised to release Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film. The behind-the-scenes peek features interviews from various crew members, and Snyder sat down for an interview thanks to his producer status. It was during the chat that Snyder revealed Wonder Woman was always meant to show a more unaffected side of Diana.
"She offers a unique opportunity to speak to what it is to be a strong, powerful, independent woman. It's a glance that is necessary in the world, as well as the way that we represent heroes onscreen," Snyder explained.
"Having that equal representation of male and female energy is really important to me. I love that there's a purity to Wonder Woman. She doesn't have the broken past, she's not seeking revenge on people that wronged her. She can just be a hero."
Both of Wonder Woman's DCEU spots have been vastly different in tone and action. The character's standalone follows the Amazon princess as she truly embraces her lifelong desire to be a hero. As for Batman v Superman, the film picks up with Wonder Woman centuries after her entrance into the world of man. Diana is no longer as wide-eyed as she was; The heroine carries the scars of her past missions, and it is a miracle Wonder Woman isn't fully embittered by it all. However, when the heroine is called for, Diana picks up her sword and shield as always. Her sudden appearance in the battle against Doomsday was swift, needed, and wholly unexpected by either Batman of Superman.
No, when it comes to battle, Wonder Woman is always ready. She needed no origin story to propel her. Now that the heroine has had her backstory revealed, the DCEU will have more room to play with Wonder Woman's past and her destiny to become a world-class hero.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.
Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins and is written by Allan Heinberg, Geoff Johns, and Zack Snyder. The film stars Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor), Robin Wright (General Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Queen Hippolyta), David Thewlis, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis (Etta Candy), Danny Huston, Ewen Bremmer, Doutzen Kroes, Samantha Jo (Euboea), Florence Kasumba (Senator Acantha), Said Taghmaoui, Eleanor Matsuura (Epione), Emily Carey (Young Diana), and Lisa Loven Kongsli (Menalippe).
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.