Earlier this year, it was made clear that Zack Snyder would not be wasting any time in bringing the Justice League to the big screen. Foregoing solo origin films altogether, he’s instead giving us a big team-up movie pretty early into the new DC cinematic universe. This month, those plans were solidified when Warner Brothers announced their ten-film slate, which stretches from 2016 to 2020 and consists of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, two Justice League projects, a Suicide Squad movie and solo pics for Wonder Woman, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Cyborg and Green Lantern.
Wonder Woman is the first solo film out the gate, with Gal Gadot set to star. The iconic warrior from Themyscira will actually make her debut in Batman V Superman a year prior, which led us to believe that the solo Wonder Woman project would take place in a contemporary setting between BVS and Justice League. That may still very well be the case, but if a new rumor is to be believed, Wonder Woman will actually be a prequel. Bleeding Cool first reported the new rumor, and gave the following details:
“I have been informed by those who have seen the greenlit treatment that the film will spends 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.”
And that’s not all, as an entire trilogy is supposedly in the works, too! The second film would jump ahead a few decades to World War II, while the third picture would focus on Wonder Woman’s time with the Justice League.
Based on what we know of the DC Cinematic Universe so far, that plan doesn’t make a lot of sense. There’s only one Wonder Woman film currently on the slate and it comes out just a few months before Justice League. I doubt that Warner Bros. would introduce the character in Batman V Superman and build momentum for the big DC team-up just to jump back nearly a century, fast-forward once more for Justice League, and then release two more Wonder Woman prequel films at some point down the line.
I do believe that you need to tell a Wonder Woman origin story at some point during the DCCU, even if it’s done via flashbacks a la Batman Begins or Man of Steel, so I welcome the idea of a 1920s or WWII-era Wonder Woman tale. I just don’t think it jives very well with the current DCCU plan. Maybe this is an idea that the studio was batting around for a while before solidifying the larger slate, or maybe these ideas will be streamlined and take place in one film.
Tell us, do you think there’s any weight to these new rumors? What would you like to see happen in the Wonder Woman solo film? Sound off in the comments below.
Whatever era its set in, Wonder Woman is slated to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017.