ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

Despite the fact that she's not one of the titular players in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice the world holds its breath to see the introduction of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman / Diana Prince to the DC Extended Universe, and with only a few days to go until the premiere, it's all looking pretty damn exciting right now.

Following up Batman v Superman comes the Wonder Woman solo feature which will release next in June of 2017 and there's a lot resting on the shoulders of the Princess of Themyscira right now. If done right this could be DC's opportunity to seriously get a one-up on Marvel, who has come under fire for their lack of a Black Widow solo feature, despite the character's popularity.

In fact, we won't see our first solo superheroine feature from the juggernaut studio until Captain Marvel in 2018, by which point we'll be a full decade into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (compared to Wonder Woman, which will be year four and the third film of the DCEU).

This comes on the heels of the fact that in the past 20 years we've only had two live-action films that have centered on, or were titled after, female superheroes (Catwoman and Elektra); both were critical failures and better left forgotten.

Surely this was just a fever dream...
Surely this was just a fever dream...

While Batman v Superman will be the movie to introduce Wonder Woman to the DCEU canon, it's the solo feature that her characterization really hinges on, helmed by Monster director Patty Jenkins. Indeed it seems that Jenkins's creative control will go a long way towards establishing the character in her own right, as we recently learned from Batman v Superman producer Deborah Synder:

"We did a chart with what their powers were... and I think you see a little bit of Wonder Woman [in 'Batman v Superman'], so we get a sense of her power, but we didn't want to do too much because obviously Patty [Jenkins] is going to build up to that and we're going to learn how she discovers her powers in ['Wonder Woman']."

However, before Jenkins was on board to direct, Michelle MacLaren was set to helm the project and her departure over "creative differences" has set a worry in motion. Reportedly MacLaren wanted to direct an epic action-driven film in the vein of her previous work (on The Walking Dead, Game Of Thrones and Breaking Bad), while Warner Bros. was edged towards a more character-driven story with less action, not liking the tests she provided in pre-production.

While Wonder Woman's story is of course very important when establishing her as a character, you do have to wonder: would the demand "less action" be made about a male-centered superhero film? As her co-creator William Moulton Marston said, "not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power."

So, while it's Batman v Superman in which she'll be making her debut, it's the Wonder Woman solo film that will take the job of cementing her within the DCEU and as a founding member of the Justice League. There we'll travel back to her origins, discover how she got her powers and see her navigate the world of men during the first World War. If it's successful, it'll be a big one-up on the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but on that point we'll just have to wait and see.

'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' releases March 25, 2016 and Wonder Woman returns in 'Wonder Woman,' releasing June 23, 2017.

Sources: Collider; Variety

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