With more details coming out from the DCEU (its formal name), we now have a clearer idea on what Wonder Woman’s role will be in Batman v Superman and the larger Extended Universe. Although I was initially hesitant with her inclusion in the film, the way her character is being discussed makes it seem like a natural fitting to include her in the film.
(This is all speculation but maybe potential spoilers follow)
We know the movie is called Batman v Superman, but it also has that added subtitle of Dawn of Justice. So how will this justice come about? It sounds like Wonder Woman will play a big role in that. It’s been hard to grasp what kind of role Wonder Woman will play in Batman v Superman up until now. Recent comments by those involved in the film in Empire magazine give us a clearer indication on what she will do.
At first we thought that maybe we will only briefly see Wonder Woman, or just her Diana Prince alter ego in the film just to tease her existence, but now it seems like she will have a much more active role. Snyder hinted at Diana being the one who really takes things from being a Batman v Superman movie to being a Justice League prequel movie. She seems like the bridge that will connect Batman and Superman together, and ultimately the rest of the Justice League.
To understand what role Wonder Woman will play, you need to understand her character. There is an interesting dichotomy with her character as on the one hand she’s this badass Amazonian warrior who isn’t afraid to get very violent, but on the other hand she’s this peaceful diplomat who would rather dispel a conflict with words not fists.
It’s clear that Wonder Woman will have a role in ending the conflict between Batman and Superman. She’ll be the level-headed one who brings the conflict into perspective, maybe making Bats and Supes realise that they’re actually on the same side. Now I know the “World’s Greatest Detective” should have figured that out himself, but in Affleck’s words this is a fucked up Batman, who may not be in the best state of mind right now. So maybe he displaces some anger onto Superman which is probably a slight overreaction, but hopefully the wisdom of Wonder Woman will calm him down.
It’s unclear whether Batman and Wonder Woman already know each other, but we do know that they cross paths and are aware of each other’s superhero personas.
So all those scenes we see of Diana Prince in the trailer and still images most likely take place in the first two-thirds of the movie, where she is collecting intel on Bruce, Clark and Lex as suggested by the information we have. This is where her diplomatic role takes place. Instead of being either Team Batman or Team Superman, she will be the one with a clear head who looks at both sides. She will then be the one who helps each opposing side take a different perspective when looking at their “enemy”. She will be the connecting force that brings the World’s Finest together.
So the first two-thirds of the movie will emphasise her diplomatic role, and I’m assuming the last third will emphasise her warrior role. We saw that she does suit up and fight in the trailer, but I don’t think she’s joining in on the Batman v Superman fight. What ever the larger threat is, as teased by the synopsis, that is probably what she takes on. If Diana is investigating Lex, and if Lex is using Zod’s body to create Doomsday or Bizarro etc then she may be the one who kind of shows Batman and Superman what’s going on, and then goes into warrior mode to beat up what ever the threat is.
And that’s what is so interesting to me about Wonder Woman. Like most women, Wonder Woman accompanies many different roles in her life which she has to balance. Hopefully Batman v Superman will showcase that, giving us an idea of her diplomatic and warrior side. She can be warm, kind and completely calm, but if she senses a threat that can’t be treated through diplomatic measures then she will kick its ass.
Also we know that it has indeed been confirmed that Chris Pine will be playing Steve Trevor in her solo 2017 movie, as earlier rumoured. Wonder Woman is set to start shooting later this year so we should get more of an idea of what will go on in that movie soon. I’m glad that WB seem confident in her character and are moving forward nicely with her film.
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