Sitting just shy of $800 million internationally, there’s no denying that Batman v Superman has made a whole bunch of money. There’s also no denying that it’s not made as much as Warner Bros would have hoped for (Heck, it even got beat by a really bad Melissa McCarthy comedy!). Just as to why audiences have not turned up in the numbers that the studio would have liked would require a lot more words than I’m willing to type right now, but I will say that there are two words that tend to show up a lot: Not fun.
Obviously that is a subjective observation as some found the movie a lot more fun than others, but there’s no doubt that both Man of Steel and Batman v Superman have been pretty dark films. And it seems Wonder Woman, one of the few actual sources of light in BvS, will be following suit in her upcoming solo movie. Actress Gal Gadot spoke to Digital Spy about the movie and revealed that while the origin story will retain some of that lightness, it would also have its own grimness.
“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 humour, but it’s pretty dark.”
Besides for helming an episode of Arrested Development and two Entourage jaunts, director Patty Jenkins’ filmography doesn’t exactly speak to comedic overtones, so I never really expected her to go full on joke-city. However, Gadot’s Wonder Woman boasted such a vitality in the 7 minutes (yes, 7 minutes) of screen time she had in BvS, that I really would have loved to see that tone carried through to her solo film.
Of course the sexy, street smart Diana aka Wonder Woman we met in BvS is technically not the same Diana we would see in her movie, as it’s a prequel that takes place in World War I – not exactly an era known for its happy rainbows and daffodils – long before she would every become a hero.
There have been rumours that the upcoming film will be set in modern times as well, with this later time period book-ending the central part of the story set in the early 20th century. If that is the case, it certainly will be intriguing to see Gadot playing these two different versions of the same character and showing us how the one becomes the other. And if just one of them is even half as cool as she was in BvS, then I can’t wait to see it.
Wonder Woman also stars Chris Pine, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen. It is scheduled for release on June 2, 2017.