Gal Gadot clarifies Diana Prince’s quote about walking away from mankind in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The actress made her debut as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s 2016 movie – a follow-up to the filmmaker’s 2013 film, Man of Steel – and she reprised her role in Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman this past summer. Jenkins’ film was noticeably different from Warner Bros.’ previous DC movies – tonally and otherwise – and while Diana’s origin story didn’t directly contradict her Batman V Superman backstory, it did bring about a few questions regarding her love for mankind.
In Batman V Superman, Diana told Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), “A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind; from a century of horrors. Men made a world where standing together is impossible.” However, upon defeating Ares and ending World War I in Wonder Woman, Diana saved mankind and her love for humanity was restored. Audiences believed that Diana’s experience in World War I would turn her away from humanity, but it didn’t. Gadot was recently asked about the plot hole at Justice League’s press junket in China, and she was very forthcoming with her answer, saying that Wonder Woman effectively retconned Diana’s comments in BvS. However, that may not necessarily be the case.
Screen Rant was in attendance at Justice League‘s press junket in London this weekend, where Gadot briefly discussed Diana’s backstory that was established in Wonder Woman and how it doesn’t expressly contradict her remarks to Bruce in Batman V Superman.
“What is clear is whether or not Wonder Woman was out there or incognito, she was always very involved and she was always very active in man’s world and she was always acting to save, to help, and to better the world.”
She doesn’t explicitly refute her previous comments made at the film’s junket in China, but she does indirectly walk back her remarks regarding Diana breaking away from mankind in Batman V Superman, thus reassuring fans that she isn’t retconning her character’s backstory in Snyder’s film. Although somewhat trivial, it’s an important distinction that fans will appreciate. Furthermore, her new comments about Diana saving mankind away from the public’s eye gives her and the filmmakers room to explore her past in Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2, particularly how involved she was in the Cold War – and, perhaps, even the Chernobyl disaster – without contradicting herself.
Regardless of how much Wonder Woman’s backstory was changed following the harsh critical reaction to Batman V Superman, the majority of audiences and critics are pleased with the direction Warner Bros. is taking with the character in their DC shared universe.