A lot has changed for Gal Gadot‘s Diana Prince since the year 1971. As shown in the first Wonder Woman movie, the Amazon warrior left her home of Themyscira, waged war against the God of War himself during World War I, (seemingly) lost the love of her life in an aircraft explosion, and found out she’s part deity herself. Now, in the upcoming sequel, Wonder Woman 1984, a lot more changes are coming, including one major visual transformation.
Diana trades her traditional red-white-and-blue battle gear for something with a bit more gleam: golden armor that comes with a helmet in the likeness of the eagle that emblazons her belt and gigantic metallic wings that allow her to pierce the sky. Those familiar with DC comic book lore know this as the character’s Golden Eagle Armor and it’s making its live-action debut in theaters with the movie this June 5.
Thy Kingdom Come
Diana first suited up as her own specialized winged victory in the third issue of Elseworlds: Kingdom Come, a four-issue series published from Alex Ross and Mark Waid in 1996. The comic book event took place in a not-so-distant future when Superman put himself out of retirement in light of a tragedy. That’s when a faction of newer, younger metahumans rise up, bringing with them a violent, volatile approach to heroism that exists in stark opposition to the more traditional views of the Justice League. Their compromised, reckless morals blur the line between hero and villain, and end up hurting innocents in the process. When a catastrophic event kills millions of Americans, Superman returns to reform the League and wage war against the brash, out-of-control new protectors of earth.
Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya, and Lucy Davis.
What We Know So Far: Gadot made her first appearance as the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and will appear in Justice League, but not before she gets her own standalone film, and a World War I one at that. This marks the first female-led superhero movie of the modern era, and it will fittingly be directed by a woman.
However, while Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones veteran Michelle MacLaren was previously attached to direct, she departed over creative differences and Warner Bros. subsequently enlisted Monster helmer Jenkins, who herself was previously attached to Marvel’s Thor 2. Cast-wise, Pine plays Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, a pilot who washes ashore on Diana Prince’s island paradise and tells her of the horrors of WWI happening in the outside world.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
The story will explore the character’s origin, tracking the immortal Princess Diana’s rise as a warrior on the mythic island of Themyscira – and her eventual quest beyond its boundaries to the realm of ordinary men, where she will fight for this outside world amid the backdrop of World War I.
Hints of the movie are foreshadowed in Batman v Superman, and the Wonder Woman film will include a modern framing story set after the events of that clash of heroes, according to producer Charles Roven.
In an interview with CBR News, "iZombie" and "Veronica Mars" co-writer and co-producer Diane Ruggiero-Wright revealed her desire to write a Wonder Woman film.
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"All I want to do in the world is Wonder Woman," she said. "Every time I see [DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer] Geoff Johns, I staple him to things and I'm like, 'Let me pitch you Wonder Woman.' And he's like, 'You know it's already happening. They're filming it right now,' and I'm like, 'Yeah, yeah, yeah, but...'"
While she may not be able to write a Wonder Woman film just yet (there's always the sequel!), she did tell CBR that she is writing a Wonder Woman digital comic, presumably an arc in DC Comics' digital-first series "Sensation Comics featuring Wonder Woman."
With two big comic book titans about to battle it out onscreen, and some iconic villains like Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Joker (Jared Leto) Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) – and possibly Doomsday – about to make their presence known, it’s sometimes hard to keep focus on the primary element of this DCMU: the heroes! Besides Ben Affleck’s new take on Batman and new developments with Henry Cavill’s Superman, Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) will be making her debut, as well. And according to rumor, in this new DCMU continuity, Wonder Woman (like Batman) will have been around for awhile.