It's been a long time coming, but Wonder Woman will finally make her big screen debut next month in Batman vs Superman, and we couldn't be more excited. We don't know much about the Amazon superhero, but the little tidbits we've been given hint at a very interesting story.
Diana's past will be explored in Wonder Woman (2017), and recent comments from Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot have shed some light on this. It turns out that Diana has already retired from hero work by the time Dawn Of Justice roles around, and she's been fighting for a very long time...
Diana Is Thousands Of years Old
Wonder Woman 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
Speaking to Empire magazine, Snyder revealed that Wonder Woman is actually 5000 years old. And it's her inclusion in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) which pushes the DC movies into the Justice League era.
"The whole concept came of, 'Let's not save anything. Let's try it all.' Then Wonder Woman's entrance made us realize we were much closer to the Justice League than we thought. We realized we were one movie away."
So what has Diana been doing for these thousands of years? It seems rather complicated, and the solo movie will explore how Diana actually became the hero we know and love. The recently released promo for Wonder Woman dropped some hints about this...
It's possible that the solo movie will span centuries, from Diana's childhood to World War I, which is the prime setting for the movie. 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.
Diana Loses Someone Dear
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 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.