When it comes to establishing the mythology of the entire DCEU, arguably no solo movie will become more important than Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. As DC's first ever period piece, Diana Prince's origin story will establish some key aspects in the DCEU's history -- such as the men she served alongside during WWI. We still know very little about these characters, but now it seems that actor Said Taghmaoui's recent tweet suggests that the photo we saw of these soldiers in Batman V Superman actually paved the way for the introduction of the Blackhawks.
While Said Taghmaoui's photo seems relatively innocuous on the surface, it appears to potentially hold some massive clues for the future of Wonder Woman's story in the DCEU. Specifically, it showcases his character (named Sameer) alongside art depicting a character named Andre Blanc-Dumont -- a French soldier/pilot, disguise expert, and a member of the iconic Blackhawks squad from DC Comics. Although fairly unknown to mainstream audiences, the Blackhawks are a group of troops from the DC Universe's version of WWII who conducted clandestine, Inglourious Basterds-esque operations against the Axis forces. Considering the side-by-side nature of these pictures, we're starting to think that Sameer is merely a codename, and this character could turn out to be Andrew Blanc-Dumont.
This is important because it seems to shed some much-needed light on the mystery of Diana's photo that she struggled to recover from Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) in Batman V Superman. When we first saw it, we only really knew that it featured Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) and Diana, but the possible revelation of Andre Blanc-Dumont suggests that DC and Warner Bros. teased this fan-favorite organization as far back as Dawn of Justice. Turns out that email scene wasn't just a Justice League set-up after all.
For those of you who are a bit less in tune with the comic book world, an apt comparison for the Blackhawks is Captain America's WWII team of Howling Commandos from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Both are relatively obscure special forces units that operated in WWII, and both have very specific ties to their respective superheroes. Beyond that, like the Howling Commandos, the incorporation of the Blackhawks into the DCEU could serve as an easy way to flesh out the history of this cinematic universe and establish a context for events that took place in the 20th century.
Given the Blackhawks' service during WWII, this also raises questions as to whether or not Diana Prince will actually go into exile at the end of her first solo movie. The Blackhawks are generally known for their service in WWII. On that note, if the DCEU moves from The Great War to The Greatest Generation, it's possible that the horrors Diana witnesses in the 1940s (coupled with the aging of Steve Trevor) will compel her to leave humanity behind before meeting Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill's Clark Kent. As of right now, this is merely speculation, but there's certainly evidence to support it.
Then again, it's also entirely plausible that the DCEU is in the process of setting up a solo Blackhawks adventure that won't involve Wonder Woman at all. DC Entertainment has really started to branch out and try new things (which will likely become even more widespread with the announcement of a new DC streaming service), so a standalone Blackhawks project isn't entirely off of the table at this point either. We will just have to wait and see.
No matter what, it's fairly clear that all of our questions will receive answers when Wonder Woman finally hits theaters on June 2. For now, make sure to check out our handy Wonder Woman guide and get yourself up to date on everything you need to know about Diana Prince's first solo movie.