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Wonder Woman will be leading her own film in 2017, but among the many questions fans still have about her cinematic solo adventure is when the film will take place. While most of DC’s films take place in the present day, there was an unconfirmed report last year that said Wonder Woman would take place in the 1920s. Now there’s a new rumor that backs up this period piece information, but actually sets part of the film not just earlier than the Roarin’ Twenties, but in another time period as well.
According to Heroic Hollywood, the first half of Wonder Woman will be set during World War I. Yes, you read that correctly, World War I, not World War II like her first comic book appearances and the first season of her hit 1970s TV series. Then the film will jump forward to the present day, presumably shortly before or after the events of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s important to note that this past July at San Diego Comic-Con, one of the pieces of concept art shown at the DC film panel featured Diana on a battlefield surrounded by soldiers from World War II, but it’s possible that since then the creative team decided to move events back 30 years. (Or that the soldiers were from World War I. The imagery did flash by very quickly.)
A rumor earlier this year also said Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman will be hundreds of years old during Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, which lines up with certain stories from the comics. That explains why she’ll look the same after approximately 100 years, which is one of the benefits of being a demigod. If this "two separate time periods" rumor is true, it’s possible the film may be taking a similar approach to the 1970s TV series starring Lynda Carter.
As mentioned earlier, that show’s first season featured Diana fighting Nazis in World War II alongside Major Steve Trevor. Season 2 then jumped ahead 30 years and followed Diana in the then-present day working with Trevor’s son Steve Jr. The film could follow a similar path by having Diana meet a soldier with the surname Trevor during the Great War (maybe he’s the one who crash-lands on Themyscira), then the narrative will jump ahead 100 years and have her meet his great-grandson Steve. If the filmmakers really wanted to be clever, both Trevors could be played by Chris Pine in the same way that Lyle Waggoner played father and son in the TV series.
We’ll see Wonder Woman make her DC film debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25, 2016, followed by her solo movie coming out on June 23, 2017.