'Wonder Woman' Trilogy Planned as Gal Gadot Passes on 'Ben-Hur'
Earlier this month, Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot was said to be circling a role in Paramount and MGM's remake of Ben-Hur. However, according to THR, it turns out the actress' previous commitment to become Wonder Woman in the imminently expanding DC Comcs cinematic universe will keep her from finalizing a deal due to scheduling not working out. In fact, it sounds like Gadot will be rather busy as the Amazonian superheroine because Bleeding Cool has learned that Warner Bros. has their sights set on making a Wonder Woman trilogy, and they even have rough details on the setting of each film. Read on!
Since the first Wonder Woman doesn't hit theaters until June 23rd, 2017, it's still somewhat early in development, so take this as rumor for now. But if the report is to be believed, that first film will take a cue from Captain America: The First Avenger and will be a period set origin story of sorts. The first half of the film will take place on Paradise Island with a war brewing between Amazon factions, vying for control of the land. But then the arrival of a man, it may or may not be Steve Trevor as in the comics, changes things and needs help. Our title hero is happy to oblige and accompanies this man back to his world…in the 1920s. And then we'll see that world, where woman just got the right to vote, from her perspective.
But if the first film (which is looking to land a female director behind the camera) is set in the 1920s, and Justice League is set in modern day, what has Wonder Woman been doing for nearly 100 years? Well, the second film in this rumored trilogy will follow her during World War II in the 1930s and 1940s. This territory was covered in the TV series in the 70s before moving to modern day. I'll be interested to see why a superhero like Wonder Woman hasn't been talked about more freely if she's been around for decades, but surely that will be explained as the DC Comics cinematic universe continues to expand.
Finally, the third film in the trilogy will bring us back to modern day, and there will be some dealings with Justice League. This is quite an ambitious timeline for Wonder Woman, especially since the second film in this franchise likely wouldn't arrive until 2020 at the earliest. Warner Bros. and DC Comics has already unveiled their release plans for the next five years, and there was no Wonder Woman sequel dated yet. In fact, most of these plans are probably contingent on how the first Wonder Woman film does at the box office. As a movie fan, I'm hoping that this DC Comics cinematic universe turns out to be just as huge as what Marvel has done so far, but we'll see how it all plays out soon enough. Thoughts?