Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman Was Changed After BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN
DC Universe’s Batman v. Superman was a critical and audience flop, as we all know, and the consequences of those failures are still rippling through today across that film series. We have heard a lot about the different potential Batman storylines were changed, for example, and it should come as no surprise that the about faces would affect the other important Warner Bros. property, Wonder Woman.
Now, in statements made during the kick-off of the promotional tour for the Justice League release, which began in Beijing this week, Wonder Woman herself (Gal Gadot) revealed what was maybe obvious to the casual observer but not necessarily to the more devoted fan trying to make sense of and/or make compatible all films.
At the end of BvS, Wonder Woman tells Ben Affleck‘s Bruce Wayne that she had removed herself from humanity for 100 years, presumably due to her disappointment with humanity. But when her solo film was launched earlier this year to much acclaim, it was clear that the line did not quite jive with what the producers had in mind for Diana Prince going forward. Not only was she seen in modern-day Paris at the end of the film, we have heard that the Cold War is the setting for the sequel.
So what gives? Here is the full statement by Gadot on things changed, courtesy of Screenrant:
“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.”
I for one am fine with that. This is a business, why are we pretending otherwise? It is the business of entertainment? Sure, too many changes will and should spoil a fanbase’s tolerance, but this was the early days of the character in film version. I find strained efforts at making everything jive (like for example Star Wars tried to do with its failed prequels) to be potentially more problematic.
Embrace what you have, and bravo to Gadot for her honesty about it all.