Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and the serious DC Universe
Now that Batman and Superman have finally duked it out in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the stage has been set for the DCEU to really take off. With that in mind, one of the most highly anticipated films on the DC slate belongs to Diana Prince a.k.a Wonder Woman.
Although many of the upcoming solo DC films have promised a more lighthearted approach to what we’ve seen, that’s not the tone Diana’s movie will adopt. Wonder Woman will take the Amazon warrior back to the gritty days of WWI, and according to Gal Gadot, it won’t attempt to shy away from the darkness of the era.
Gal Gadot elaborated on that during a recent conversation with Digital Spy – explaining that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman is a dark movie with a handful of lighthearted moments: In Batman v Superman, you get a glimpse of who she is but not where she comes from. In Wonder Woman, this would be the first time we ever tell the coming-of-age story of how Diana becomes Wonder Woman. It’s very interesting. It has moments of humor, but it’s pretty dark.
As Gal Gadot explains, Wonder Woman will most certainly have its instances of humor and levity, but at the end of the day it will still represent one of the darker DC movies on the slate. This creative decision makes sense when we consider the setting alone. Diana – a relatively inexperienced young Amazon – will leave her home to take part in WWI.
Seeing the carnage of one of the most bloody and brutal wars in human history will have a profound impact on her, and it’s not necessarily something that a filmmaker can convey with Ant-Man level jokes. The Wonder Woman we saw in Batman V Superman had pretty much given up on humanity as a worthy cause, so it’s important for us to see what she saw in order to make that decision.
Before we get all up in arms about Wonder Woman going too dark, it’s important to remember what else is coming on the DC slate. Numerous recent reports have indicated that films like Aquaman and the Justice League movies will lighten up the tone from the overbearingly dark and somber Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. In the interest of variety, we think it’s actually a good thing that Wonder Woman will set itself apart from the other solo films by keeping a bleaker and more mature tone.