Whatever your feelings are on the controversial Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, I think there is one thing we can all agree on: the introduction of Wonder Woman to the big screen was long overdue. Gal Gadot brought an interesting, layered, badass warrior to life and harkened in a new sense of hope for fans of the superhero genre. That sense of hope carried into Wonder Woman’s solo outing in what is easily the most uplifting, awe-inspiring superhero flick to date. However, some eagle-eyed fans of the DC extended universe noticed a seemingly large continuity error between the events of Batman V Superman and Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman Didn’t Walk Away From HumanityDuring the events of Batman V Superman, Diana tells Bruce Wayne that “100 years ago, I walked away from mankind.” While this statement was clearly meant to explain the absence of any mention of the Amazonian princess and why she hadn’t been around to save the world from General Zod’s attack when Wonder Woman hit screens earlier this year things seemed to be different. Through the course of Wonder Woman, it is Diana’s love of humanity and her belief that they can’t all be bad that puts her on the journey to ending the Great War. In fact, it is Diana’s undying love for humanity that enables her to defeat Ares’ in the final fight and save humanity from the evil he had encouraged. However, if Wonder Woman loved humanity so much and was willing to risk so much for their wellbeing, how could she have walked away from mankind? The simple answer is she didn’t.
Wonder Woman Was Changed After Batman V SupermanIn an interview with Screen Rant, actress Gal Gadot explained that Wonder Woman’s character trajectory was changed for her solo outing to make the movie more uplifting and hopeful. This move clearly worked out as Wonder Woman is now being touted as a possible Oscar contender, with director Patty Jenkins potentially being thrown into the ring for Best Director. In the interview, Gadot explained that the creative team behind Wonder Woman retcon Diana’s statement in Batman V Superman because it didn’t fit into their creative vision of the character and the symbol they wanted Wonder Woman to be. Gadot explained the choice further stating,
“We realized that actually, there is no way that Wonder Woman will ever give up on mankind. The reason why she left the island was because she wanted to make their life better and safer – they are her calling. So – I’m giving you a very honest answer – sometimes, in a creative process, you establish something that is not necessarily the right decision, but then you can always correct it and change it. So Wonder Woman will always be there as far as she concerns for mankind.”
The decision to retcon Diana’s statement and make her a hero for all of the mankind, a hero who refuses to give up on humanity even in the face of extraordinary evil, was ultimately the right one. The film would have lost it’s hopeful tone if suddenly, after fighting Ares, Diana decided to give up on humanity and walk away for one hundred years. Instead, what we saw was Diana in present-day Paris continuing to be a source of inspiration and light the world of the DCEU desperately needs (as Superman has been a brooding dark character since his introduction in Man of Steel).
The fact that Wonder Woman will always be there for mankind is a refreshing one, however, the way her character is handled in the soon to be released Justice League has yet to be seen. Hopefully, we’ll see the same Wonder Woman we did in her solo movie, the one who fights for what’s right, the one who will do whatever it takes to do the right thing, the one who will never lose hope in mankind’s ability to do good.