Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’? Hello, DC Universe!

By November 7, 2013
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Last night, the great Mark Hughes from Forbes wrote a piece breaking some very interesting news: apparently, Wonder Woman could be appearing alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, often referred to by fans and reporters as “Batman vs. Superman.” If Mark’s report ends up being accurate and we do see the fabled Diana of Themyscira show up in the film, really in any capacity, then that means we’ll have firmly landed in a cinematic DC Universe.

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Director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer did an exemplary job on building the Superman side of a potential DC Universe, really whether you liked Man of Steel or not. Not only did elements of the film hint at characters beyond the realms of Metropolis and Smallville, but Metropolis was given a greater sense of depth and citywide character than practically every previous live-action iteration of Superman, not to mention the fact that we see that Lex Luthor is a prime element of the city’s infrastructure with a couple of well-placed semi trucks and buildings. This Metropolis feels like it’s a part of something larger, and with the introduction of Bruce Wayne, even then there would still be a slight chance that this new “universe” could be sort of self-contained with DC’s two biggest characters.

But not with three.

Many fans have been clamoring for the further exploitation of DC Comics properties on film for years, and Wonder Woman has consistently been present on many a comic book fan’s personal wish list for DC Comics movies. With the greatly established success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Avengers, it’s been outright frustrating for DC fans to have to endure nothingness when it comes to many of their favorite characters. Fans of characters like Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, the Martian Manhunter, the Flash, and so many others have been left high and dry waiting for even the slightest possibility to emerge that they may see their favorite heroes on film. The addition of Wonder Woman to the cast of the Man of Steel sequel, if she is in fact in the film, is as close as you can possibly get to a cinematic DC Universe coming to pass (short of an official announcement, of course).

With once-obscure Marvel characters like the Guardians of the Galaxy and Ant-Man poised to become movie stars in no time, it seems only natural that Marvel’s “Distinguished Competition” start to take the plunge with more of their characters. Whether this news about Wonder Woman ends up being true or not, it should serve as a sign to Warner Bros. that either way, and if executed correctly, it’s not a bad idea. The Justice League used to be the most well-known superhero team on the planet until 2012. Kids are wearing Thor and Black Widow shirts more than they’re wearing Superman and Wonder Woman shirts. Greater exploitation of the characters of the League may help to reverse the course a little bit, and the best way to do that is through the creation of a feature film.

Whether the part is played by Oblivion actress Olga Kurylenko (who, according to Schmoes Know, is screen testing for the role), Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander (who revealed she’s met with the studio about a part and knows the storyline for Batman vs. Superman), or someone else entirely, we’re hopeful that Wonder Woman’s time in the spotlight is quickly approaching.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation, Batman-On-Film.com, The Huffington Post, and Movies.com. He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.