Warner Brothers' announcement that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the still unnamed ‘Man of Steel’ sequel marks the last of DC Comics' “Trinity” to hit the big screen.
Everyone is obviously familiar with Superman and Batman. However, Wonder Woman has not had much public exposure outside of comics ever since that iconic 1970s television series (with the super catchy opening theme song) starring Lynda Carter, and as a mainstay of the Justice League on the cartoon series during the early part of the 2000s.
Still, Wonder Woman remains a vital character and an icon for girls and women worldwide. Here are some of our thoughts on Wonder Woman's future and her place in the DC movie universe...
Gal Gadot in 2004. Photo: AFP
1. Initial reactions
Let's start with the positives. What the 28-year-old actress has going for her is that she is not an A-list celebrity like Ben Affleck. An actress with a bigger name might have a tougher job convincing others of her suitability because of preconceived notions about her.
Gadot is a good-looker, and she is no stranger to kicking butt – think back to her extensive stunt work in the last three instalments of the ‘Fast & Furious’ movies. There is no doubt that director Zack Snyder will have her hitting the gym like many others before her (Antje Traue and Gerard Butler come to mind) to achieve that sculpted warrior physique, so fans should not have to worry about that.
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With all that being said, Gadot’s acting chops have not been extensively tested. Symbolically, Wonder Woman has always been the middle ground between Superman and Batman. Her diplomat ways fall in the same vein of Superman's humane quest for peace while her warrior upbringing means that she understands the extreme methods that Batman employs in his crusade on crime. It'll be interesting to see how the writers, Snyder and Gadot manage to bring out that aspect of the character on the big screen.
2. How much will Wonder Woman feature in ‘Batman vs Superman’?
It will likely be one, a small role and two, probably just an “eye candy” role. Wonder Woman's origin will also likely be skipped, which may be a good thing, considering how many times her back story has been revamped. The lack of a definitive origin story has also been quite an obstacle in getting a solo film made thus far.
3. Will Wonder Woman still get her much-anticipated solo movie?
As of right now, it is looking like a no. If the rumour mill is to be believed, then Wonder Woman is only the first of many more characters to be announced for the series. Nightwing and The Flash have also been rumoured and if they really turn out to be true as well, it would look like Warner Brothers is trying to make the Justice League movie happen sooner rather than later.
It's either that or the studio have found a really covert and genius way to make that Justice League movie happen under all our noses.
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Another guess is that Warner Brothers could be waiting to see if Gadot/Wonder Woman can be the breakout character of ‘Batman vs. Superman’ or a Justice League movie.
There are really many ways Warner Brothers may let this play out, and we like how the studio has kept some degree of flexibility here. Any Wonder Woman movie will happen after the ‘Batman vs Superman’ sequel or that Justice League movie.