Wonder Woman's Movie: What We Know So Far
Every time we talk about Zack Snyderís Man of Steel 2 on CinemaBlend, we unofficially refer to it as Batman vs. Superman. Which is accurate, but it leaves out a significant component: When will Wonder Woman get her own movie?
Infamous Amazonian Wonder Woman will be introduced in Snyderís movie when it reaches theaters on May 6, 2016. Itís unclear at the moment, however, how screenwriters Snyder, David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio (Argo) plan to use Princess Diana of Themyscira in this film. Will she merely cameo, hinting at the promise of stories to come? Will she be an integral part of the narrative, assisting Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) as they contend with the evil schemes of the already announced Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg)? And what does the future hold for Wonder Woman at Warner Bros.?
Some of those questions can be answered. Others await confirmation. For now, letís dig into everything we know about Wonder Womanís cinematic future, as Warner and DC Comics try to get their collective act in gear and keep pace with Marvelís signature franchise, The Avengers.
Gal GadotNow Hollywood's taking another shot at Wonder Woman and our first look at her in movie form will be as part of the Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice cast. We may not know how Zack Snyder will use her in his Man of Steel sequel, but we do know who will be playing her. The director confirmed the casting of Israelian beauty Gal Gadot back in December 2013, stating, "Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
Some audiences discovered Gadot already. She played Gisele in the last three Fast & Furious movies, and had parts in Date Night and Knight & Day. But thereís no question Wonder Woman will be the biggest role Gadot has ever attempted. So, how many times will she attempt it?
Her ContractAt the time of her signing, Variety confirmed that Gadot had inked a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. that would begin with Zack Snyderís Batman vs. Superman. The trade said that the next two movies would be a Justice League of America movie, and a standalone Wonder Woman filmÖ though they didnít say in what order those movies would happen.
Recent rumors now map out a tentative schedule for the DC Comics Cinematic Universe, stating that Wonder Woman will get her standalone solo movie AFTER the Justice League movie in May 2017. The "red flag" lies in the fact that these early reports claim the Wonder Woman movie would land almost immediately after, in July 2017. COuld that be possible?
Honestly, those movies arenít going to happen if, for some bizarre reason, Snyderís Man of Steel 2 tanks. It wonít. But at the very least, Warner has Gadot under contract for future movies if and when Batman vs. Superman takes off and leads to future films in this still developing franchise.
Because next, it will beÖ
The Justice League of AmericaWarner Bros. and DC Comics recently confirmed that Batman vs. Superman will lead into a Justice League of America movie, and Zack Snyder will remain on board to direct. It makes sense that DC would want to use Snyderís Man of Steel 2 to expand the universe and lay the foundation for a Justice League of America movie, and from what we are being told, it will involve Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot and other as-yet-to-be-cast actors playing other members of the JLA.
Cyborg was recently added to Batman vs. Superman. And in the Variety story about Gadotís casting as Wonder Woman, a source told the trade that Flash also would "cameo" in Snyderís sequel, though that has not been confirmed by anyone at Warner Bros. or DC Comics. The question isnít "if" when it comes to a Justice League of America. The question is "when?"
Gadotís deal includes participation in a Justice League of America movie. IMDB claims itís down for 2017. But unless Snyder shoots footage for that film WHILE heís doing Batman vs. Superman, the earliest I could possibly see JLA getting into theaters is 2018. Thatís four years away, when the 28-year-old Gal Gadot will be approaching 32. Not too old to toss a golden lasso, mind you. Itís just a long time to commit to a franchise that isnít exactly pumping out installments.
We might be getting way ahead of ourselves, thinking about Wonder Womanís involvement in a possible Justice League of America movie. Letís refocus our attentions on the character, and how she will be portrayed on screen wherever she happens to show up.
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