With the Trinity finally assembled on the silver screen, it’s time for the DCEU to go even deeper. Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman made a great impression on audiences inBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but her brief appearance only left us wanting more. The character will get a chance to take center stage next summer when Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman hits theaters, and we will finally get a proper origin story for Diana Prince. Although we have a basic understanding of the character, Gadot and Jenkins took a very specific and different approach to the heroine in order to make her even more compelling in her upcoming adventure.
For a long time, people didn’t know how to approach the story. When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart.
Rather than approaching a character like Wonder Woman with adjectives such as “strong,” or “vulnerable,” or “heroic,” Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins simply opted to treat her like a being with a “human heart.” She can project strength when the script requires it, but she can soften her approach during the film’s quieter moments. Even though she’s far more powerful and impressive than the average human, she still maintains all of these emotional qualities that members of the audience can identify with, and it’s this very reason that Gadot feels grateful that there’s a woman behind the camera of this particular comic book movie.
This approach makes quite a bit of sense when we consider the mental state of Wonder Woman in her solo film. Set against the backdrop of WWI, Wonder Woman will show us a Diana Prince who has not become the jaded soul we meet in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her naivety leads her to believe that she can leave her home of Themyscira and fight in the world of men, but the terrible things she sees on the battlefield will inevitably take a toll and cause her to abandon our world for the better part of a century — until she meets Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).
It’s important to make this sort of distinction with the character because Wonder Woman hasn’t really been properly fleshed out yet within the DCEU. Although her appearance in Dawn of Justice proved to be a fan-favorite aspect of the film, the showdown between Batman and Superman did not afford her many opportunities to show her true nature or deeper personality. Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot have an opportunity to essentially give the audience the definitive silver screen version of Diana Prince next summer, and it looks as though they’re off to a good start.
If Wonder Woman sticks the landing, then we will finally get a proper female-fronted superhero movie centered upon a well-rounded character. All eyes are on Gal Gadot and Petty Jenkins to get this right, and we will know for certain once Wonder Womanhits theaters on June 2 of next year.