Wonder Woman hits theatres in June, followed by Zack Snyder’s Justice League landing on screens later this year in November. The biggest thing those two films have in common is that they both feature Gal Gadot reprising her Batman v Superman role of Wonder Woman.
So, in a way, 2017 is the ‘Year of the Wonder Woman.’
With two films offering us very different times in Diana Prince’s life, it’s inevitable we’ll see her starting in two very different places. In a USA Today article examining the films to look forward to in 2017, they interviewed Zack Snyder about this very thing.
In her solo film, Wonder Woman is brought into the world of men via the atrocities of WWI after Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) lands on the shores of Themyscira. After leaving her mystical, idyllic island of Amazons to follow Trevor and help save the world, she discovers that, “humanity isn’t always the most kind and awesome thing.” Snyder then goes on to say, “It (humanity) has its moments, but it can be brutal, and her coming to terms with that dichotomy is what we come to learn about her.”
So accepting that the beautiful parts of humanity are sometimes accompanied by brutal cruelty is where we see Diana in her first film, but she’s in a different place in Justice League. As Snyder continues, “…she’s fully evolved into someone who’s embraced mankind, partly through Superman’s sacrifice. She’s like, ‘All right, I’ve got to pick it up.’”
Initially, her arc in Justice League seems less dynamic than the arc in her solo film, but that’s exactly the point — it’s a solo film. She’s supposed to have a much more dynamic arc in that film. In Justice League, she’s sharing screen time with four to five other superheroes; there isn’t room for such singular story arcs.
Though, to be fair, Snyder only tells us her starting point in Justice League, not where she ends up. Perhaps Snyder and the execs at Warner Bros found a way to give all of the heroes a dynamic arc. It seems unlikely, but it’d certainly be very welcome.
By the by, in that same USA Today article, they featured a new picture of our Justice League, sans Superman. You can see our coverage of that HERE.
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