Yeesh, the stakes are just getting higher and higher for this Superman/Batman movie, aren’t they?
As you’ve likely heard by now, Gal Gadot has been added to 2015′s Superman/Batman movie as none other than Wonder Woman. Thus, this film will not only mark the character’s debut on the big screen, but it will be the first time DC’s “big three,” Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, appear together on the big screen.
No pressure, right?
Did we mention this movie has to follow The Avengers: Age of Ultron. And of course, the whole point of this film is to give Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment their own equivalent to the Avengers film franchise.
Oh, and let’s not forget the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman pissed off legions of fickle fanboys, who are going to need a hefty amount of quality thrown their way to curb their Batfleck cynicism.
Jeez, We’re a year and a half out, and I’m already having anxiety attacks for the poor suckers involved with this flick.
While I certainly won’t complain about Wonder Woman making her long overdue film debut, I’m skeptical as to what her role will be in a movie that’s supposedly going to be centered around Superman and Batman. When the film was originally announced, I assumed we’d get the Nolan/Snyder take on the traditional Superman-meets-Batman story of the last 25 years. You know, the one where our heroes meet, and initially they don’t take to one another (which in this movie’s case I suspect will result in a big fight), but eventually the threat posed by the villain forces them to put aside their differences and work together. In the end, both realize there’s room for the other’s brand of justice in the world. Thus, a team for the ages is born.
Granted, I’m acting like I know what this film is about before we even have an official title. But where does Wonder Woman fit into that equation? I’m not saying she can’t. I’m just wondering how we fit her into a scenario like that?
In 2008′s Justice League: The New Frontier Special one-shot, Darwyn Cooke gave us a short story in which Superman and Batman collide during an era in which all other superheroes have been forced into retirement. Wonder Woman ultimately stops the battle, convincing the two heroes that in such a tumultuous era, they should be putting their differences aside and working together against injustice. Cooke gave us a great pair of lines toward the end of the story: “For an Amazon, there is no greater deed than overcoming anger and conflict with love. To bring these two great men together has buoyed my spirit.” Would that sort of sentiment ever fly in a modern superhero movie, where everyone wants stuff to be “dark” and such? Probably not. But it would be a great way to bring DC’s big three together on the big screen.
But of course, that in itself brings up all sorts of questions. How much time do we spend establishing who Wonder Woman is? How much of her backstory do we dive into? Remember, this movie also needs to establish who Batman is in the world, as well as who our villain is. And who is our villain anyway? Lex Luthor? Brainiac? Darkseid? What about Zod with his head turned backward? Is that a possibility?
What concerns me about Wonder Woman being added to the mix here is that we’re moving too quickly to get the elements in place for a Justice League movie, in an attempt to catch up with the Avengers franchise. Considering the quality of build-up we got for The Avengers, not to mention some of the bad mojo DC has garnered itself on the film side of things (the relative failure of Green Lantern and Superman Returns, the largely divided reaction to Man of Steel, the inability to get Christian Bale back, the Affleck factor), not to mention some of the bad karma the company has build up on the print side of things, and I’ve just got a really uneasy feeling about all of this.
Could this all still work? Hell yes it could. But as much as I hate to say it, I just don’t have the faith in DC that I do in Marvel these days. That’s true for both the print and cinematic ends of the spectrum…
Good luck, Wondie. We’re rootin’ for ya.
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