Due to make her long-awaited big screen debut in March, Wonder Woman is probably the most enigmatic of all the characters in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). She appeared in the third trailer in full costume, arriving just in time to save Batman from Doomsday. This confirms she's already a veteran of the superhero business, and the new promo for Wonder Woman's solo movie sheds some more light on this.
The solo film is set primarily in World War I, which means that Diana is far older than she looks. So is she decades old? Centuries? According to Zack Snyder, Diana actually counts her years in millennia, and she's more than a little jaded by the time Dawn of Justice rolls around...
Diana's story begins with hope
As she is introduced in Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman's solo movie is essentially a prequel which will explain how she becomes a hero in the first place. It's difficult to untangle all the hints we've had lately, but considering Snyder's assertion that Diana is "5000 years old", it's possible that the solo movie will span centuries.
In the promo, Diana is described as something of an ambassador, and it seems that the Amazons' attitude towards humanity is what prompted her to become a hero.
"These Amazons were once created to protect man’s world but they since abandoned it. Diana’s constantly asking 'why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man?' They say because they’re not worth it. And this takes her on a journey into our world."
Diana is a powerful fighter, "training her whole life for war", but primarily she's a protector. Which lines up nicely with her original comic incarnation. It seems as though Diana is dedicated to helping humanity, and the solo movie will deal with her first foray into the "world of man", against the backdrop of the First World War. But when speaking with Empire, Gal Gadot hinted that the solo movie might just end in tragedy.
There's a lot of sadness in her past...
The most recent Empire issue describes Diana Prince as "coming out of retirement" in Dawn of Justice, meaning that in the interim between her solo movie and Batman vs Superman, Diana decided to give up being a hero. According to Gal Gadot, Diana has lost faith in humanity.
"She’s seen it all. She has seen what humans can do, so it was very hard for her to come back and fight."
Was it the horrors of World War I that made Diana give up on humans? Or was her tragedy something a little more personal?
It's possible that the solo film will deal with Diana losing someone dear to her, thanks to the actions of humans: perhaps Steve Trevor, the American pilot who introduces Diana to our world, will tragically die at the end of the film.
Of course, it might just be that after almost a century of saving humans, Diana has grown weary of how we treat each other. Either way, the solo film will go a long way to explaining Wonder Woman's characterisation in Dawn of Justice. And we've got a while to wait until we find out exactly what happened in her past.
Gal Gadot Explains How 'Wonder Woman' Is Diana's Coming Of Age Origin Story here