Wonder Woman: All You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie

What is the inspiration for the story? How true is her character to the comics? Where does she fit into the Justice League universe?

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Wonder Woman: All You Need To Know Before Watching The Movie
"All eyes (bullets) on me." Image: DC/Warner Bros.

Will Wonder Woman bring the DCEU movies out of the convoluted rut of despondent and dreary storylines it has wedged itself into via Man of Steel and Batman v Superman? God, we hope so. 

After Suicide Squad, it's clear that the DCEU has an identity crisis. It so desperately wants to recapture the gritty realism of Christoper Nolan's Batman trilogy, yet they're so adamantly groundless that they'd flip-flop on their vision for Suicide Squad based on one trailer. 

Here's hoping director Patty Jenkins has tight control of the reins for Wonder Woman and that she can bring some much-needed levity to the doldrums we find ourselves in after BvS.

Anyway, here's what you need to know: 

First off let’s review the DC movie timeline. It starts with, Man of Steel and it’s followed up by a sequel-esque setup movie in Batman V Superman; the titular characters appear alongside a cameo by Wonder Woman. We then move on to Wonder Woman, and immediately after in November we’ll be watching, Justice League.

Which Wonder Woman are we getting?

The movie seems to be following DC’s New 52’s version of the iconic character. In this world, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and god of thunder Zeus making her a demi-god, and presumably, immortal.

According to the comics, this Diana has: superhuman strength, durability, speed, healing, and flight. She is also able to communicate with animals. Curiously, she is not invulerable to everything and her skin can be pierced by blades and bullets. Which makes her choice of wardrobe really confusing.

Wonder Woman's Armory 
Yep, that's totally practical in a war. A one-piece with accessories.
She should have: the Lasso of Truth, Bracelets of Submission, The Tiara, The Shield, and a The Sword of Athena. Her bracelets deflect projectile attacks, but removing them will also boost her powers. We hope she removes her bracelets in the movie.

In terms of her appearance, director Patty Jenkins had this to say to US entertainment site Entertainment Weekly:

"I, as a woman, want Wonder Woman to be hot as hell, fight badass, and look great at the same time – the same way men want Superman to have huge pecs and an impractically big body. That makes them feel like the hero they want to be. And my hero, in my head, has really long legs."

That's why Gal Gadot fights wars in what is essentially a plated swimming suit and boots. Think about that. You don't see any skin from Catwoman in The Dark Knight Rises, but she's still hot as all hell. Why? 

In what era is Wonder Woman set?
Horses! Cloaks! Stealth!

The movie takes place during the 1910s, during World War I, away from the comic books which usually depict her fighting in World War II. But like her comic book origins, an American pilot crashes on to her island of Themyscira, she rescues him, and is exposed to the outside world.

What are you going to see in Wonder Woman?
Wonder Woman and her mom Hippolyta. Just hanging out.

So, we know in the BvS timeline she had already served in WWI and she’s gone into exile. In the movie she also says that she “walked away from mankind… from a century of horrors. Men made a world where standing together was impossible.” So it’s safe to say that all is not going to be well by the end of Wonder Woman. As we know, The Great War wasn’t the war to end all wars, and that wars never truly stopped.

According to the synopsis, the movie will be a straight up origins story. Diana is the princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Her people forbid her from interfering with the affairs of men and in comes a hunky white man to ruin everything for the Amazons. Diana ends up leaving everything she knows for the greater good – a man, presumably.

Also, expect the movie to be funny. That's right, director Patty Smith was quoted as saying,

"I think there's funny things in both of those films (Suicide Squad and BvS), but we definitely went for making a funny film. I was always basing it on Superman 1 and on Indiana Jones. I wanted to make a classic film where you're laughing and you're in love with them and then they're off on a fun great adventure. It's definitely in the pursuit of our film."

How does it tie-in to Batman v Superman?
Diana going in to the museum to retrieve her photograph. Is this before or after BvS?

In BvS, we find Wonder Woman in the future, posing as an antiquities dealer, at a party held by Lex Luthor. At the party, she tries to retrieve the photograph of her in World War I that was stolen. In the movie, you can tell that she’s left her superhero ways behind her and she’s trying to lay low. Why she does this is a mystery that her movie will most likely cover.

Her next sequence also shows her opening the neatly created folders of the rest of the soon-to-be Justice League, sent to her by Batman. Complete with logos created just for these unknown metahumans, names, and extremely impressive footage that would have been impossible to source. In the email, Batman says he knows the woman in the World War I picture was her.  

By the end of the movie, Diana decides to shed her façade as a pretty lady at fancy parties and joins the Bat and Supes’ in a brawl with CGI Monster A, sorry, Doomsday. Supes’ asks Batman if she was with him, and Batman says, “I thought she was with you.”

A funny line, except for the fact that Batman just – JUST emailed her an attachment saying he KNOWS-WHO-SHE-IS in the previous scene. Bruce Wayne, emailed her. She’s there, because he emailed her. BVS MAKES NO @#$%-ing SENSE!

Justice League connection
Wonder Woman flanked by Aquaman and Cyborg.

Wonder Woman is one of the founding members of the Justice League and at the end of BvS, it seems like she will be part of the recruitment team, along with Bats. In BvS she also briefly mentions that she’d beaten aliens from other worlds before, so seeing Doomsday may have reignited her vigour to protect humanity.

Like Captain America: The First Avenger before it, we’re going to bet there’s a post credit scene tying Wonder Woman, BvS, and Justice League together.

There you have it folks, without going into spoilers, this is all you need to know about the origins and the future of Wonder Woman in the DCEU. If you’d like an early review of the movie, why not let us know in the comments? Or message us directly on Facebook.  

Wonder Woman premiers 1 June 2017 nationwide. 

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