This article contains possible SPOILERS about the ‘Wonder Woman’ movie. Be warned!
DC’s track record with movies has been spottier than Marvel’s and therefore its film ventures could be seen as bigger risks. Marvel can do ‘Black Panther’ with a black male lead and ‘Captain Marvel’ with a female lead and these suddenly don’t seem like gambles, especially after ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ which features a talking raccoon and a sentient tree. But for DC, a ‘Cyborg’ or ‘Wonder Woman’ movie may carry higher stakes.
Nevertheless, Warner Brothers has announced an ambitious lineup of movies including ‘Wonder Woman’ in 2017 (which will actually beat Marvel’s ‘Captain Marvel’) as the first big budget DC female super hero on the big screen. Now rumors are emerging that WB has even bigger plans for the Amazing Amazon, namely that they are actually planning to feature her in her own trilogy of movies, in addition to ‘Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and ‘Justice League’. Gal Gadot is signed to a multiple picture deal with the studio.
What’s interesting is that the WW solo movies will reportedly be period pieces. As you may already know, Wonder Woman first arrived in comics in 1942 and was intended as a champion for girls and women during a time that women were actually stepping up and joining the war effort and taking over the work force for men who were going overseas.
The first movie will be an origin story with Paradise Island embroiled in an internal war. A man (maybe Steve Trevor) arrives and changes the island with his very presence. He manages to convince the Amazon princess, Diana to accompany him back to America and we discover it is the 1920s, a time when women were still fighting for equality. The sexual reversal is quite a culture shock to Diana who is from an island of all-female warriors and rulers.
Then, per this rumor, the second ‘Wonder Woman’ movie brings her into World War II, her original comic book setting with her arriving in the modern era in the third film.
Obviously, if the movies span decades, Diana retains her immortality, something that in (some of) the comics, she gives up as part of traveling to Man’s World. The description also draws parallels to both Marvel’s ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ with its mythology/fantasy and period settings. That could be by design, but here’s hoping that Warner Brothers imbues ‘Wonder Woman’ with enough creativity to shake off any comparisons.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of setting Wonder Woman’s adventures in the past is a good approach to take? Or would you rather they go with a more modern approach? Is it a bit too early to already expect a trilogy?
Source: Bleeding Cool