While the stand-alone Wonder Woman wasn’t necessarily our first introduction with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in the D.C. Extended Universe, but it may have been, considering that character is *way* different from what we saw in Batman v Superman — and for the better!
At the end of Batman v Superman, the superhero slash antiques dealer reveals to Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) that she walked away from mankind after being exposed to horrors man has inflicted on the world over the course of their existence. It’s clear she’s feeling *pretty* bleak with mankind and the state of the world and of all people, Batfleck is the one to offer words of hope for the future of mankind.
This BVS Diana Prince is a far cry from the hopeful and compassionate superhero we met in Wonder Woman. So why did the Wonder Woman solo film completely abandon the character established in Batman v Superman? Because it needed to be done. Hey, we all make mistakes, even perfect Wonder Woman.
During a recent press conference to promote Justice League in China, Gadot elaborated on the changes made to her character during the solo film. She revealed that as in further researching her role, she and others involved in the making of Wonder Woman decided that Diana would never give up on humanity.
One of the most compelling aspects about Wonder Woman was Diana’s compassion and hope for the human race, despite her exposure to the cruelty of war. On the front lines of World War I, Diana encounters communities and people that really drive home one of the film’s major points: In spite of evil, mankind is filled with good and selfless people — and, of course, Steve Trevor. In fact, as the film ends, over voiceover Diana is expressing an idea that love can defeat evil and how she believes she needs to stay and help the world become the promising place it’s trying to be.
This is literally the exact opposite from her final words in Batman v Superman — and that’s totally okay, according to Gadot. The actress added that it was important to forgo continuity in order to improve the overall character and story.
We wholly agree with the character changes. Not only did Diana’s compassion and hope feel more like Wonder Woman, it was also incredibly component in making Wonder Woman the strongest DCEU movie to date.