Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman made her big-screen debut in last year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice; and as controversial as that film may have been, the reality is that Wonder Woman was a hit. Gadot's portrayal was universally praised, and fans were left seriously excited about Patty Jenkins's Wonder Woman, which promises to give us an origin story set in the First World War!
But how does Wonder Woman tie into the wider #DCEU? At an event in London this week, Anna Obropta — the Production Liaison on Wonder Woman — gave us some tantalizing clues...
'Wonder Woman' Opens in the Present Day
According to Anna, the story of Wonder Woman actually opens in present-day France, where we meet Diana Prince working at the Louvre Museum in the Department of Antiquities. That in itself is a fascinating detail; it suggests that, while she may not have been on the front-lines battling gods and monsters since the First World War, Wonder Woman didn't retreat back to Themyscira. At the same time, a job in the Department of Antiquities is very fitting indeed for a superhero steeped in ancient mythology.
It's unclear how much time we spend in the present-day, but Anna describes the modern Diana as "sophisticated and stylish". The true story kicks off, though, when she receives a gift from Bruce Wayne — a photograph that will be very familiar to anyone who's watched Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It'a a scene we've already glimpsed in the trailer:
As we all know, this photo was what drove Wonder Woman to Metropolis in the first place; when Lex Luthor got his hands on it, she traveled to the US to retrieve it. Naturally, events took an unexpected turn, and she soon wound up allying with Batman and Superman against the monster Doomsday. Now, finally, we know that photo's fate; that Bruce Wayne tracked it down, and has handed it back to Wonder Woman as a gift.
The photo is the catalyst for the film, triggering a flood of memories for our hero. Naturally, she looks at that photo and remembers her life at the point the photo was taken; she remembers Steve Trevor, and all the other soldiers she worked alongside during the First World War.
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Let's face it, this kind of tactic is pretty traditional— but in this case, it's also a smart approach. While Wonder Woman is an origin story, and thus standalone, this approach ensures that the film remains rooted in the ongoing story of the DCEU. It also adds a little detail as regards the relationship between Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman, with the two clearly close enough for Wonder Woman to reveal her 'secret identity' nowadays. The great thing is, this kind of subtle touch helps to build a consistent world without distorting the shape of the film itself. It's a smart move.
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