While not everybody had the deepest appreciation for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the film still had its high point. One of the things that most people loved about the movie was the first big screen appearance of Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was praised by both fans and critics. The biggest problem that most had with her, was that she wasn’t in the movie enough. However, when the character finally gets to take center stage in her own film next year, she will be a very different character than the one we’ve seen. Wonder Woman is designed to be a coming of age story that will show us how a young idealist becomes the character that we’ve already met.
One of the most interesting things about the Wonder Woman movie is that it will turn back the timeline of the DCEU. While we’ve now met Diana as a character, her standalone movie will begin prior to the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. By about 100 years or more. While the character that we know is a very capable warrior, the one we will meet in Wonder Woman will not be. Gal Gadot describes her as "naive" in an interview with SciFiNow.
One of the most entertaining things about the characters in either of the comic book cinematic universes is watching each character arrive in the same place, but via very different paths. In the DCEU, we have Superman, who first has to discover his own identity, and Batman, who, needless to say, loses his idealism at a very early age. While we fast forwarded through that story for Batman, probably for the best, as we know it well, it looks as though Wonder Woman will be the film in which we watch this transition occur over time. Of course, exactly how long the process takes is unclear. Diana has lived for a very long time.
We know that a large portion of Wonder Woman will take place during World War I. We’ve seen an image from that as setup in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There are few things that can cause a character to mature quite as fast as war. The only question remaining is, will people prefer the young idealist, or the hardened warrior?
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