Warning: This article contains spoilers for 'Wonder Woman'.
Wonder Woman may be part of the DC Extended Universe, but some viewers noted how tonally different the recent box office hit is in comparison to previous installments of the #DCEU. While this was a little jarring to some, most fans were more than impressed by the bright and hopeful outlook that radiated from Patty Jenkins' Wonder Woman. Fortunately for DC fans, Man of Steel director #ZackSnyder shared his thoughts on Wonder Woman and how it compares to Diana's onscreen debut, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Princess Diana And The Audacity Of Hope
The director who first brought Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman to the big screen recently spoke with the team responsible for Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film, a book documenting the film's process. Snyder, who produced the film and also features as a solider, praised the character of Princess Diana, as well as the movie as a whole.
She [Princess Diana] offers a unique opportunity to speak to what it is to be a strong, powerful, independent woman. It’s a glance that is necessary in the world, as well as the way that we represent heroes onscreen.
He then compared her to other DC heroes, namely Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck), and talked about what makes Diana unique.
Having that equal representation of male and female energy is really important to me. I love that there’s a purity to Wonder Woman. She doesn’t have the broken past, she’s not seeking revenge on people that wronged her. She can just be a hero.
Snyder, who also brought the supposedly 'unfilmable' graphic novel Watchman to the big screen, makes a great point here. As seen in Wonder Woman, Diana had her own share of tragedy but she dealt with it differently to the likes of Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne. This is ultimately what helped define her solo DCEU movie as one of the most critically acclaimed superhero movies ever made.
Diana chose to fight the nihilistic Ares, while still holding on to her ideals and learning from her mistakes. Her undying hope in the face of WWI horrors made it easy for audiences to be invested in her struggles while also gaining a deep understanding of her heroics.
Wonder Woman: The Art and Making of The Film is the official compilation of supplementary material for Wonder Woman. It will come loaded with interviews with cast and crew, concept art, behind-the-scenes images and much more. Expect it to be available in bookstores before the year ends.
What do you think about Snyder's comparison of Wonder Woman and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice?