It's no secret that a general consensus among critics and moviegoers alike who saw Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice during its opening weekend that Wonder Woman stole the show from both Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill). With all the hype surrounding the Amazonian warrior also known as Diana Prince, Israeli actress Gal Gadot is promising fans a very different standalone movie than Batman v Superman: one that promises an origin story that "[has] never [been] told before."
Gadot, who made her debut with American audiences back in 2009 as Gisele in the Fast and the Furious franchise, dished to the Los Angeles Times about stepping into the shoes (boots? bracelets?) of the warrior woman herself. When asked about how the Wonder Woman spin-off movie differs from Zack Snyder's franchise flagship (besides the fact that director Patty Jenkins, not Snyder, will be helming it), Gadot spoke of it as Wonder Woman's "journey" to who audience members saw in BvS:
"The Wonder Woman you're going to see in Batman v Superman is a very different Wonder Woman than you will see in the standalone movie. The Wonder Woman that you see in Batman v Superman is a woman who has been around, and she's very experienced. She understands a lot about man. Whereas in the standalone movie we are telling the grown-up story, Diana becoming Wonder Woman, and this was a story that was never told before. When she starts this journey, she's very pure. She's more naive, she's this young idealist who does not really understand the complexities of life and the complexities of men."
In the excerpt above, Gadot's mention of "a story that was never told before" and what ensues is most likely in reference to Wonder Woman's/Diana Prince's upbringing on the isle of Themyscira, which has never before been explored in any live-action media.
For those unaware of the history of Wonder Woman on the big or small screens, the last time an adaptation of the popular female superhero's comic book appearances worked as a bonafide hit for fans was back in 1975 with the eponymous television show Wonder Woman. The series starred Lynda Carter in the main role until it ended its run in 1979. Since then, no other live-action film or television projects about the superhero have gone through, including a much-publicized series in 2011 starring Adrianne Palicki, which ultimately never aired.
The Wonder Woman spin-off starring Gal Gadot is expected to air sometime in 2017.