The Wonder Woman solo film is set to start production this fall as one of DC's longest running heroes finally gets her first big-screen solo project as part of the DCMU, a feat that many had given up hope of see. Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman A.K.A Diana Prince A.K.A. Princess Diana of Themyscira will make her first appearance in the upcoming [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), which is set to be released March 25, 2016.
Will Wonder Woman pose a threat to Marvel's monopoly?
When it comes to on-screen adaptations I generally prefer Marvel to DC, but the Wonder Woman movie comes as a welcome breath after the long-running monotony of Marvel's humming and hawing and making excuses for the lack of planning for a solo Black Widow film, and the recent complaints over the lack of representation of Marvel super-heroines on-screen and in merchandise as Disney continues to focus on selling princesses, not heroes, to little girls.
DC are doing something here that Marvel should take note of: making sure to include their iconic women alongside the iconic males. And it's not just Wonder Woman; Mercy Graves (Lex's bodyguard) will be appearing in Batman v Superman, and it's all but confirmed that we're going to see Jena Malone as either the female Robin (Carrie Kelley) or Batgirl included there too.
And then we have Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara) all featuring in the upcoming Suicide Squad. That's six established female hero/villain characters across two films who exist to have narrative effect rather than function purely as love interests.
On the flip side, across the twelve films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, we've had only five: Lady Sif, Black Widow, Gamora, Scarlet Witch and Wasp (though I suppose she's technically not the Wasp just yet).
Hang on, haven't DC messed this up before though?
Of course, this doesn't mean that 2017's Wonder Woman is necessarily going to be any good. In the past 20 years we've only had two live-action films that have centered on, or were titled after, a female superhero, one of which has been a adaptation of one of DC's most prominent female characters.
These films happened to be DC's Catwoman (2004) and Marvel's 20th Century Fox-produced Elektra (2005). Both were horrendous critical failures; Catwoman was also a $18 million commercial loss and is ranked number 15 on Empire's 50 Worst Movie's Ever Made list, which might say a lot about why studios are so hesitant to touch female-led superhero films. And it's not the character's fault, anyone who has had prior experience with these two knows they're actually pretty decent and well-established, certainly ones that should be able to carry a 1-2 hour narrative.
What do we know about the movie so far?
Wonder Woman, if done well, could be a saving grace for not just for DC, but for the tone of the industry in general. Bleedingcool has reportedly been informed of plot details that we'll be seeing in the upcoming movie and, if accurate, could be... Interesting.
"I have been informed by those who have seen the greenlit treatment that the film will spend the first half on Paradise Island with warring Amazon factions vying for control.
An arrival of a man on the island changes that status quo, as he asks the Amazons for help. Not necessarily Steve Trevor either…
Because when Wonder Woman joins him on his return to the world of Man, we all discover that it is the 1920s. And the film will then show Diana exploring that world – a world where women have only just got the vote – from her… unique perspective.
A planned sequel would then take place during World War II in the thirties and forties. This of course was the period that the seventies TV show began in, before shifting to the then-modern day.
And a threequel would then take place in the modern day, with the Justice League of America."
From the sounds of it Wonder Woman will be trying to keep in with the continuity of the New 52 series, in which Diana's background is less of a peaceful diplomat formed from clay by Hippolyta, and more of a literal Goddess: daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and student/successor to Ares (whom she slays, taking his power and title as the God of War). She rules the Amazonians as a Warrior Queen, and in the later Justice League titles, develops a romantic relationship with Superman.
The Superman/Wonder Woman relationship probably isn't going to happen, as Amy Adams (the DCMU's Lois Lane) has reportedly confirmed that there isn't going to be a love triangle, though their history suggests that Wonder Woman will take Superman's side in the conflict. (Personally I think the lack of relationship will be a good thing, but then I never thought much of their romance in the comics anyway).
Setting Wonder Woman in the 20's could go either way, seemingly trying to capture some of the period drama of Captain America: The First Avenger. Though personally I'd prefer to see Diana in a more modern day setting, the obstacles she'll be facing as a woman in the early 1900's could make for some interesting encounters.
Regardless, Patty Jenkins (director) and Jason Fuchs (writer) certainly have their work cut off for them but, if successful, Wonder Woman could be the film to loosen Marvel's stranglehold on the superhero film monopoly, if only they can manage to not screw it up again.