Gal Gadot’s confirmation of a Wonder Woman 3 movie within James Gunn and Peter Safran’s DC Universe raises concerns about the franchise’s full reboot. The new DC Universe aims to establish a fresh start after the shaky ten-year run of the DCEU, leaving behind characters like Henry Cavill’s Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Black Adam. However, Gadot’s return as Wonder Woman challenges the idea of a complete reboot.
Isolating Superman And Batman
Replacing Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman in the reboot is understandable to start from scratch, but keeping Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle and Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller in the new franchise raises questions. The real dilemma arises when considering the possibility of integrating other actors like Jason Momoa’s Aquaman, Ezra Miller’s Flash, Sasha Calle’s Supergirl, Zachary Levi’s Shazam, and Aldis Hodge’s Hawkman into the DC Universe. Their return could single out Cavill and Affleck, suggesting that the main issue was with Batman and Superman themselves.
Complications With Continuity
Gal Gadot’s return as Wonder Woman makes the new DC franchise more complex from the start. Wonder Woman 3 cannot be a direct sequel to previous films or connect to Gadot’s previous DCEU supporting roles, as her version of Wonder Woman no longer belongs to that universe. Integrating Gadot’s Wonder Woman into the DCU could lead to a loss of impact on her character arc from previous movies and create confusion in her relationships with Batman, Superman, and other Justice League members.
Staying True To The Reboot Promise
While bringing some Suicide Squad characters to the DC Universe and introducing Blue Beetle challenges the idea of a reboot, the franchise is still in its early stages of development. The DCU must be careful not to defeat the reboot’s purpose by incorporating too many established DCEU characters, leading to confusion among general audiences. Superman: Legacy’s introduction of a new Superman and a lived-in universe offers a solid foundation for the reboot, and limiting connections to the previous franchise could help the new DC Universe avoid unnecessary comparisons and confusion.