As the DCEU is slowly coming together, the upcoming release of Wonder Woman is raising expectations on plenty of fronts: First female superhero solo film for #DC, first live-action movie for the character on the big screen, and only the fourth installment of the DCEU after Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad.
Even in the polarizing Batman v Superman, Gal Gadot's Diana Prince, a.k.a. Wonder Woman, was pretty much universally praised, so we can't wait to see her kick ass in her own movie before the #JusticeLeague comes together. If you too are a Wonder Woman fan, here's where you can get all the latest news and crazy theories about the movie ahead of its release.
Wonder Woman Movie News & Rumors
- International trailer for Wonder Woman adds new bits of footage:
There aren't many additions to the Russian version of the Wonder Woman trailer, but it's still giving us a better feel of what's to come.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featurette shows Gal Gadot's training to become Wonder Woman:
Gal Gadot underwent some serious training to be able to pull off Wonder Woman's expert moves on the battlefield. In this Blu-ray extra, she explains it allowed her to discover a whole new side of herself.
- The DC Entertainment president and the Wonder Woman director confirm the movie will be optimistic:
The DCEU has been heavily criticized for a tone that was too dark and gritty in the past, so the pressure's been on Wonder Woman to bring back some of that old-school superhero optimism. And it looks like the movie will deliver, according to DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, producer Deborah Snyder, and director Patty Jenkins.
For a character that's so positive that she's almost naive, it would have been a shame to give her a gloomy story.
- Gal Gadot addresses Wonder Woman's bisexuality:
In an interview with Variety, Gal Gadot addressed comic book writer Greg Rucka's comment that Wonder Woman was by default bisexual, since she lived on an island with only women before she met Steve Trevor, her main love interest in the comics.
While she agreed that Wonder Woman made sense as a bisexual character, she confirmed we wouldn't see that aspect of her in the movie:
It's not something we've explored. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it's not about that. She's a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.
- Lynda Carter wouldn't have said no to appearing in the new Wonder Woman, but it didn't work out:
Variety's "Power of Women" issue also featured an interview with Lynda Carter, in which she revealed she did talk about the new movie with director Patty Jenkins. And she wouldn't have been opposed to a little cameo, but it just didn't work out:
I've spoken to [director] Patty Jenkins. She talked to me on the phone about the character, and we were trying to see if I could do something with the movie, but it didn't work out. The timing was off, and I was doing other things and couldn't get over to where they were shooting.
That's a shame, but we're hoping to see more of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman in the future — so maybe then?
- Gal Gadot discusses what Wonder Woman stands for:
During an interview for Keeping Up With the Joneses, Gal Gadot briefly commented on her role as Wonder Woman, and what she felt the character represented:
"Wonder Woman is different. On this film, we went back to Diana's backstory — to her history, her coming of age. How did Diana become Wonder Woman? But with this character, what I love about her so much is that her agenda is love. It's not about fighting, it's not about who is stronger than whom; it's not about women versus men. It's about love, and acceptance of others. She stands for love, justice and compassion."
While it fits into the DCEU, Wonder Woman is indeed a bit of a standalone movie, and a different kind of character from the heroes we've seen on the big screen until now.
Wonder Woman Trailer
The first Wonder Woman trailer was released at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, and while it's not revealing much in terms of story, we do get a great sense of the movie's feel — mainly, epic action scenes. Plus, after seeing Wonder Woman's bracelets in action in Batman v Superman, we also get to see how the rest of her iconic weapons work: sword, shield, and most importantly the Lasso of Truth.
Wonder Woman Release Date
Wonder Woman's release date is set on June 2, 2017 in the US and the UK, a few months before Justice League on November 17. A few countries such as Brazil and Russia will see the movie on June 1, but there will be no earlier release date — so no spoiler issues here!
Wonder Woman Plot
Set during World War I, the plot of Wonder Woman follows Diana, an Amazon princess who lives on Themyscira until the day a pilot named Steve Trevor crashes on the island. Trained for the art of war, she follows him back into the world of men who the Amazon were once meant to protect — but her goodwill is going to be put to the test.
Although she was already introduced in Batman v Superman, this is Wonder Woman's official movie entrance into the DCEU, explaining her background and why she seems so reluctant to fight alongside her fellow heroes in Batman v Superman. We also got a glimpse of her World War I days in this film, so we know it's a defining time for her.
Rumors are indicating that the film might be set in three different time periods: From her days growing up on Themyscira to World War I and the present day where she meets Bruce Wayne, we'll get the whole timeline of Diana's evolution.
Wonder Woman Cast
- Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: An Israeli actress and model, Gal Gadot was known in Hollywood for playing Gisele Yashar in Fast & Furious.
- Chris Pine as Steve Trevor: Chris Pine recently appeared in Star Trek: Beyond and the critically acclaimed Hell or High Water.
- Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta: While Nicole Kidman was initially considered, the role eventually went to Danish actress Connie Nielsen.
- Robin Wright as General Antiope: If you know Robin Wright as Claire Underwood in Netflix House of Cards, you'll certainly agree that she'll make a great Amazon.
- Lucy Davis as Etta Candy: While a regular on The Office, Lucy Davis hadn't appeared in a film since 2011, so she's making a brilliant return with Wonder Woman!
Learn more about the main members of the Wonder Woman cast:
Wonder Woman Characters
- Diana Prince/Wonder Woman: One of DC's most iconic characters, Wonder Woman starts out as a princess on the Amazon island of Themyscira. In the movie version, her mother is Queen Hippolyta and she was brought to life by Zeus, essentially making her a semi-goddess. She's trained for war and possesses many powers, but her redeeming quality lies in her heart.
- Steve Trevor: An American pilot, Steve Trevor was fighting in World War I when he crashed on Themyscira and met Diana. He eventually becomes her love interest.
- Queen Hippolyta: The Queen of Themyscira, Queen Hippolyta is Diana's mother and mentor.
- General Antiope: The sister of Queen Hippolyta, General Antiope is one of the Amazon leaders.
- Etta Candy: Etta Candy's is Steve Trevor's secretary, but over time she becomes one of Diana's partners and friends.
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Wonder Woman Spinoff
There are no direct sequels or spinoffs announced for Wonder Woman, but as a part of the DCEU, the film fits into a timeline with Batman v Superman and Justice League: While her solo movie goes back to her origins and the first time she mingled with the rest of humanity, Batman v Superman sees her disillusioned and reticent to join the battle. Then in Justice League, she agrees to join Bruce Wayne/Batman in his effort to bring together a team of heroes.
Wonder Woman Theories
We'll never run out of fan theories, but as for every superhero movie, the main question about Wonder Woman is the identity of the villain. Since the first trailer hasn't given much away, we can draw from her history in the comics to make a few educated guesses.
The two main candidates are Ares and the masked woman we spotted in the trailer. Danny Huston's character, which is still unconfirmed on the movie's IMDb page, might very well be the god of War. It would make sense to introduce him in Wonder Woman, since he's not only Diana's ultimate enemy, but also thrives in a context of war — perfect for the World War I background of the movie. However, the mysterious aura of the woman in the mask suggests she'll definitely have a role to play in the obstacles awaiting Wonder Woman on her first trip among humans.
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Other theories are speculating about the ending of the movie, and what could possibly have pushed the once optimistic Diana to seek anonymity and avoid all conflict. The horror of World War I alone could be enough to discourage anyone, but fans suspect the battle could get personal for Diana: What if she lost her love interest, Steve? We certainly don't wish for such a heartbreaking ending, but that could very well explain her newfound bitterness.
Wonder Woman Comic Books
Since the Wonder Woman comics are still running, the release of new panels while we wait for the movie to come out gives us plenty to discuss. Add to that the influence of Wonder Woman's 75-year comic book history, and there'll be many parallels to draw between the written version and the cinematic one.
In recent news, Greg Rucka, the writer of the current Wonder Woman comic, has addressed Wonder Woman's sexuality and taken a new stance on the matter. Instead of arguing for more gay representation in comic books, he confirms that Wonder Woman has indeed had relationships with other women — but that in a world without men, defining her as gay is beside the point. He also expresses an overall feeling that no one should get worked up about this anymore:
"[DC] would, I think, like any business, prefer this not be an issue to anybody. But most of us human beings would also really rather this not be an issue for anybody anymore. It is what it is. This is how the Amazons live."
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Where To Watch Wonder Woman Online
Since Wonder Woman isn't out in theaters yet, wondering where to watch it online is currently a little pointless — but drawing from the four months that separated the theater release of Batman v Superman from the DVD release, you can expect a Wonder Woman DVD around October 2017.