Filmmakers Elaborate On Wonder Woman’s Role In ‘Batman v Superman’

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Recently, many filmmakers and Warner Bros executives spoke to Entertainment Weekly regarding the place of various superheroes in the DC Extended Universe. According to Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder, one of the most difficult characters to establish in Dawn of Justice was the long-awaited Wonder Woman.

“The hardest piece, and probably the most rewarding, was Wonder Woman. You have to establish her but don’t give it away; don’t cash it all in. She’s enough in the movie where you definitely feel her presence. And she makes a huge impact on the film. But there are giant mysteries still surrounding her at the end of the movie.”

Presumably, these mysteries will be explained a bit in her upcoming standalone film, not to mention the highly anticipated Justice League movies. As we have previously mentioned, Gal Gadot will spend the majority of Batman v Superman portraying Wonder Woman’s alter ego, Diana Prince. Working as a solo agent, she will encounter Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne as the two of them both attempt to uncover incriminating information regarding the nefarious Lex Luthor.

The fact that Diana Prince is every bit the intrepid and daring character as Wonder Woman appears to be no accident. Deborah Snyder, who is working as producer on Wonder Woman, believes it is about time that women take a stronger presence in superhero films.

“I can’t get over the fact that she’s going to be 75 years old and this is the first time she’s gracing the silver screen. I think all these things—truth and love and wanting peace and all the things that she represents—is something that we all look up to and would want. In order for women to believe that they can do this, they have to see it.”

Gal Gadot herself has similar views on Wonder Woman, and believes that the character’s presence in the DCEU will send an important message to her four-year-old daughter.

“Most of the movies, the men are in charge, the men are the most powerful ones. You’ve had Superman and Batman and everyone, but Wonder Woman was never there… I’m so happy when she grows up she’s going to see a female figure she can be inspired by.”

Wonder Woman certainly possesses great strength, and Geoff Johns says that this will manifest itself in Batman v Superman in more than one way. Not only can she dish it out, but she can take it as well.

“I love her in the movie. I love when she’s hit by Doomsday and she turns around and smiles, like she hasn’t been in a fight like this in a long, long time. She clearly…she missed it.”

If you haven’t seen it, you can learn more about Wonder Woman and her upcoming standalone film from the following footage, care of The CW’s Dawn of the Justice League special.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Ur4De7yT8]

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases on March 25. Wonder Woman is currently scheduled for June 23, 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Kieran Hair

Kieran Hair

Kieran is a former indie screenwriter/production designer with a vast love for all creative media. New to journalism, he now lives for new stories.

  • Joshua Sorrels

    oh, YES! hearing the comment about WW tanking doomsday’s attack made my day.

    • Carl

      But will it be as cool as Angel Dust laying out Colossus then tanking a hit from Negasonic Teenage Warhead?

      • Technofied

        we don’t know, we’ll find out soon enough. Till then, Marvel lovers can rest easy and brag all about it.

      • Space Voldemort

        Please don’t compare WW to the circus act one hit wonder heroes’ of the Xmen. It’s disrespectful.

        • Carl

          The X-Men are more popular than Wonder Woman.

          • Space Voldemort

            Sure they are if you are talking about comic book sales. The Xmen have been a top seller since at least the late Seventies but if you mean visually like house hold name then you would be wrong. Before the X-men movie in 99 or so no one outside of a comic book store or a kid watching the 90s cartoon really knew who they were. WW has been around since the early 40s and is the single most popular female superhero. Show old people a picture of her and they will most likely know who she is. Do the same with rogue or jean grey, yeah not gonna happen. Also if BvS does the business it looks like it will do then you can go ahead and bump her right back up to Supes and Bats status.

          • Carl

            Wonder Woman hasn’t been culturally relevant since her TV series in the 70s. No one born in the 80s or beyond has a strong association to her unless you read her comics. You said yourself that the X-Men gained popularity in the 90s and again in the 2000s so many people like me born in the 80s or others beyond that have a strong association with the X-Men. One supporting role in a movie won’t change that. She’ll need to be relevant for more than one generation to supplant the X-Men’s popularity.

          • Joshua Sorrels

            not true at all. lots of people, women especially, love what she stands for. i’ve lost track of how many women I’ve seen with wonder woman t shirts or WW necklaces or tatoos who hadnt read a wonder woman comic in years, if ever. but they knew who she was and what she meant to them. I have yet to meet a single person who hadnt read xmen for years who loved or identified with rogue or dazzler or some other x-man. Also, plenty of people remember the JL cartoon. She is still in the popular consciousness.

          • SAMURAI36

            You’re so lying. Tell that to the MILLIONS of people who buy her costumes, wear her T-shirts, etc.

            WW is a cultural icon, in a way that precious few Marvel characters could ever be. Your bias is getting in the way of allowing you to admit that.

          • Carl

            She is recognized but not relevant. I rarely see anyone with WW merchandise, same goes for the X-Men merch too.

          • SAMURAI36

            Again, you’re lying. WW is on the top 200 cultural icons list. Aside from Spidey, no Marvel character is even on that list.

          • SAMURAI36

            And, if you haven’t seen that much X-Men merch, then why did you say they are more popular than WW?

          • Carl

            More successful comics, movies and cartoons.

          • SAMURAI36

            No they’re not. You’re making that up. You’d be hard pressed to find a casual person who can name 3 X-Men besides Wolverine, and perhaps Storm and Prof. X.

            Everyone from age 9 to 80, knows who WW is.

          • Carl

            Sure they recognize WW, but ask them if they know anything about her and they won’t know squat.