You might've missed it in amongst all the excitement over the various new [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) promos that we've been getting recently, but we also now have our first look at footage from Wonder Woman's upcoming solo film!
Check it out below if you haven't seen it yet.
I think by now everyone in the Western hemisphere has heard of Gal Gadot; the Israeli former beauty queen / dancer / IDF fight-instructor / law student / hotel owner / mother / actor (impressive resume) who is about to bring the DC Extended Universe to its knees by taking up the mantle of Wonder Woman / Diana Prince.
In addition to the TV spot footage Empire spoke recently to Batman V Superman director Zack Synder – who carries the task of introducing Wonder Woman into the DCEU – and the Woman herself, Gal Gadot, and we learned a little bit more about the first big-screen incarnation of the powerful Amazonian.
Don't Tell Her She Looks Old
Last year rumors circulated that warrior princess and demigod Wonder Woman would already be hundreds of years old when she's introduced, and now we know this to be true.
In fact Synder confirmed that she's going to be more than 5,000 years old when Batman vs Superman kicks off, so she'll be a lot more knowledgable of the world than the titular superheroes themselves.
In fact she's retired at the time of Batman vs Superman, but is drawn back into the conflict because of this sense of world weariness, Gadot elaborates upon:
: "Because she's seen it all, she has seen what humans can do, so it was very hard for her to come back and fight. They have the same attitude."
And a big part of this has to do with...
It's impossible to include a character like Wonder Woman in a contemporary superhero blockbuster without addressing issues of gender and representation, and this is exactly why she's being introduced quite early on in the DCEU.
Gadot is well aware of this, and she seems really excited to be the one bringing the only female member of the Justice League to life, referring to Wonder Woman as "the ultimate symbol of strength".
In the Empire interview Gadot explains that she feels like a large part of Wonder Woman's character is her sexuality, so rather than sweeping that under the rug in favor of a more typical masculine "action girl" they're bringing this front and centre in her solo film:
"[Wonder Woman's] sexuality is part of her power, but she is also a feminist icon. Gender has been a hot topic, so it is very timely to bring her back."
Wonder Woman's Origins
Gadot's words actually draw a parallel to the way Wonder Woman's creators – psychologist, lawyer, and comic book writer William Moulton Marston and his wife, psychologist Elizabeth Holloway Marston – intended for her to be portrayed when she made her debut back in the '40s.
: "Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don't want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women's strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness."
Rather than going all the one way and making Wonder Woman overbearingly masculine, Marston penned a character who could still be kind and peaceful, but with strength and power to back her up.
And from the sounds of things this may just be the Diana Prince we'll be seeing first in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice in March, and in greater detail when Wonder Woman rolls around in 2017. You go Gal Gadot.