DC Rumor: 'Wonder Woman' Is Actually a Prequel Set in the 1920s

Friday, 31 October 2014 08:05 Written by  iamrogue
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DC Rumor: 'Wonder Woman' Is Actually a Prequel Set in the 1920s

No ifs, ands, or buts about it: Wonder Woman is getting her own solo movie.

The world's most famous and longest-standing superheroine smashes through the cinematic glass ceiling in theaters on June 23, 2017, more than a year before Marvel Studios finally lets a female hero take center stage with Captain Marvel in 2018.

Since Gal Gadot is being introduced as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman in 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, everybody's made certain assumptions about what a Wonder Woman movie will look like.

Those assumptions may have been way off the mark.

A new rumor suggests that Wonder Woman is, in fact, set almost a century before we thought it would.  According to Bleeding Cool, the version of Wonder Woman that's been given the go-ahead at Warner Bros. takes place in the 1920s.

Yes, if this report turns out to be accurate, then Diana's first solo movie is a prequel, doubling way back and spending its first half exclusively on Paradise Island.  In this version, rather than a utopian matriarchy, the island is at war, with various Amazonian factions duking it out for supremacy.

Then, halfway into the story, a pilot, "not necessarily Steve Trevor," crash lands on the island.  When the action shifts into the world at large and this pilot takes Diana back home, Wonder Woman reveals itself to be set about ninety years ago.  BC reports "the film will then show Diana exploring that world – a world where women have only just got the vote – from her… unique perspective."

A sequel would then fast forward to the thirties and forties.  Like the seventies TV show starring Lynda Carter in its early episodes, this Wonder Woman sequel would find Diana scrapping in World War II.

The third installment would take place in the mdoern day, with Gadot's solo franchise finally catching up to the setting of Batman v Superman, as well as Zack Snyder's two-part Justice League mega-movie planned for November 2017 and June 2019.

This is an intriguing idea, and one that would further distinguish Warner Bros.' nascent DC Cinematic Universe from the massively popular sandbox of franchises over at Marvel.  Marvel has yet to dabble in prequels, instead keeping up the momentum of its overarching story by moving the narrative ever-forward.  DC needn't be bound by the same rules.

And it makes sense because a DC hero like Wonder Woman has a deeper history than pretty much any Marvel character save for Captain America (Diana's been kicking ass since 1941).

Whether it's for a series of prequels or not, the studio is doubling down on Wonder Woman.  The Wrap reports that Gadot has declined an offer to for the female lead in the big Ben Hur remake on account of her commitment to her various DC appearances.

WB is currently seeking a female director to tackle Wonder Woman, hoping that a Kathryn Bigelow or Julie Taymor might oversee the film.

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