[Wonder Woman](movie:45787) fanatics, get hyped! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice might have wrapped principle photography this past December, but in less than a year from now, Gal Gadot will soon find herself donning the ancient garb of Themyscira once again!
According to Deadline, director Michelle MacLaren (Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad) and her team will begin production on the solo Wonder Woman movie penned by Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift, Pan) this fall. As per WB/DC's planned schedule, Wonder Woman is slated to come out in theaters on June 23, 2017 as a prelude to Justice League in November 2017.
With a shooting schedule earmarked, what can we potentially expect from Wonder Woman's solo outings in the DC Cinematic Universe?
A trilogy of films
There was an alleged rumor, sourced by Bleeding Cool, that this first solo Wonder Woman film will be part of a planned Wonder Woman trilogy. These rumors also suggested that the first movie will be a prequel/semi-origin story that centers around the event of a man arriving on Paradise Island (Themyscira) during the 1920s.
The second film would then place Wonder Woman in the 1940s during World War II, with the third solo film bringing Wonder Woman into a contemporary setting. I personally love the idea of having Wonder Woman's cinematic narrative arc traverse multiple decades and eras.
New armor and costumes
With two of the three solo films allegedly taking place many decades before the events of Dawn of Justice, we're likely to see Gal Gadot in a variety of outfits that reflect the time period. I'm mostly excited to see a Greg Rucka/Drew Johnson inspired "warrior" Wonder Woman costume on film when we're brought back to Paradise Island or when she's battling the minions of Ares.
Greek Gods will be introduced in the DCCU
Dawn of Justice producer Charles Roven confirmed in October of last year that the DC Cinematic Universe will be utilizing the New 52 origin story for Wonder Woman. For those unfamiliar, her original origin was more mystical in nature: she was formed from clay, shaped by Queen Hippolyta, and brought to life by the power of the Gods. The New 52 origin revamped Wonder Woman into a demigoddess as the natural born daughter of Queen Hippolyta and the King of Olympus, Zeus.
This component of the DC Cinematic Universe is one I'm really looking forward to. It will be interesting to see how Snyder and MacLaren will want to have the Greek Gods depicted: will they take on traditional humanoid forms? Or will they opt to go for something a bit different?
Diana will be a bona fide badass
This is honestly a given, what with Gal Gadot stating she was on a very strict combat training regimen that included elements of kung fu, jujutsu, kickboxing, and sword fighting. Zack Snyder's past films have had plenty of strong female characters who were adept in the art of ass-kicking, so us Wonder Woman fans are surely in for a treat when we get our first glimpse of Gal Gadot straight up owning fools in Dawn of Justice.
Remember how Faora was introduced in Man of Steel? Imagine Wonder Woman like that, but multiplied by an exponential amount of epic badassery. Antje Traue's fierce portrayal of Zod's Sub Commander was definitely a fan favorite, and if MacLaren and Snyder depict The Amazon Princess in similar fashion, I can imagine she'll be a huge hit with general audiences.
That said, Wonder Woman being a badass isn't the only thing that's important about her introduction though. Just the very idea that there's a Wonder Woman movie actually being made is a significant boon to films, comics, and the entertainment industry.
She's a character so ingrained in pop culture and has an extensive mythos that transcends general superhero tropes unlike many others. In other words, Wonder Woman finally getting her own movie is a big deal.
Make no mistake, 2017's Wonder Woman is going to be one of the most pivotal films the superhero movie genre will ever see released.
It will also be the first solo superheroine movie since 2004's Catwoman starring Halle Berry. That 13 year gap surely has given plenty of time for WB to mull things over and figure out how to make Wonder Woman work on film. After all, it's been 40 years since the character has seen a live-action movie; it's a gross understatement when anyone says that Wonder Woman's big screen debut is long overdue.
Now is the perfect time for The Amazon Princess to shine. The Hunger Games franchise has proven that female-led action films can be a success both critically and financially, and with the recent announcement that the MCU's Captain Marvel film was pushed further back to November 2018, it seems as if WB and DC Entertainment are primed to break the chain of unsuccessful superheroine movies with Wonder Woman.
It would be beautifully poetic to have such an iconic character destroy that beleaguered box office trend. Because really, this upcoming solo Wonder Woman movie won't simply be regarded as a movie about Wonder Woman... it's a movie that will ultimately pave the way for all female superheroes.