– by Joseph Jammer Medina

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is interesting for many reasons. It’s the first real picture in the DC Extended Universe (the second, officially), and it’s DC and WB’s official declaration of war against Marvel and its own Cinematic Universe. Of course, we live in a different time from 2008, where one superhero was enough to kick off a shared world. Rather than spend five movies building up its roster, DC has opted to come out swinging, bringing us the main trinity of heroes in its second film.

Given the movie’s title, the first two supers are a given: Batman and Superman. It’s the third one, Wonder Woman, that has many people intrigued. Never has Wonder Woman ever been attempted on the silver screen before, and starting her out as a supporting character seems like a bold move, indeed. But how did Wonder Woman make her way into this film? After all, this was a movie that started off as MAN OF STEEL 2. Not only did it somehow turn into Batman and Superman film, but now it’s leading the audience head-first into the Justice League.

In the most recent issue of Empire Magazine, Zack Snyder detailed how the idea of introducing Wonder Woman first came into being.

“It was incredibly organic how Wonder Woman came into the story. 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.”

I can hear half of the internet nodding their heads, and the other half gritting their teeth. We’ve seen what happens when a movie studio tries to shove too many pieces into an already-crowded movie (we’re looking at you, SPIDER-MAN 3, IRON MAN 2, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2). When it comes to the longevity of a shared universe, “trying it all,” seems to only spell disaster. While Snyder’s heart definitely seems to be in the right place, there is something to be said for patience. Can it really work to introduce the Justice League after only one film…? I remain worried, but not completely un-open to the idea.

But what about Wonder Woman herself? 

We’ve been hearing news about the 2017 WONDER WOMAN movie, and how it’s set during The Great War, so what does that mean for Wonder Woman’s age? According to Snyder, Wonder Woman is around 5,000 years old when she’s first introduced in BATMAN v SUPERMAN. Needless to see, the amount of life experience she has over Bats and Supes is likely quite immense.

“Because she’s seen it all, she has seen what humans can do,” Wonder Woman herself Gal Gadot told Empire, “so it was very hard for her to come back and fight.”

Gadot went on to tell the outlet the differences between Diana and Wonder Woman as characters.

“They have the same attitude. Although when she is Diana she tries to blend in, she is not too outgoing. I don’t want people to think she is perfect. She can be naughty.”

We know that Gal Gadot certainly looks the part of Wonder Woman, I know many fans are chomping at the bit to actually see some footage of the actress truly flexing her thespian skills. But we’ll likely have to wait until BATMAN v SUPERMAN’s release for that.

Executive Producer Deborah Snyder then went on to explain the importance of Wonder Woman as a feminist icon, as well as their plans for the standalone film.

“Her 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. The way we have approached it, especially in the stand alone movie, that is definitely there. Looking back and doing an origin story – and it is a period piece – see the role of women through history. There is a great source of humor in that now. It is so unbelievable you can’t even fathom it. You are still making a statement, but having some fun with it.”

BATMAN v SUPERMAN hits theaters on March 25, 2016. WONDER WOMAN hits theaters on June 23, 2017.

Which are you looking forward to most? Let us know in the comments down below!

SOURCE: Empire (via Comic Book Movie)

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.