Superhero movies can be their own worst enemies, with villains who lack motivation and ambitious plans that lack payoff. But when it comes to Batman v Superman, it suffered from a particular flaw of shoehorning Wonder Woman into a film clearly about Batman and Superman. And we’re not the only ones who feel that way.
io9 writes that Gal Gadot, who played Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, feels that Wonder Woman’s backstory suffered from the experience. Sure, she was arguably the best thing in the movie, but it felt like a strange move to introduce a member of DC's Trinity almost as an afterthought.
Specifically, Gadot is referring to her character’s abandonment of humanity. In the film, Diana said, “A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind, from a century of horrors. Men made a world where standing together is impossible.” She only returned to retrieve information about her held by Lex Luthor … and eventually fight Doomsday when he appeared.
Gadot, who spoke during a Justice League press junket in China, said that Wonder Woman wasn’t fleshed out enough during the filming of Batman v Superman.
“None of us knew exactly, exactly, the backstory of Wonder Woman," she said. "And once they decided to shoot the solo movie for Wonder Woman and we started to dig in to understand the core of this character, we realized that, actually, there is no way that Wonder Woman would ever give up on mankind. The reason why she left the island was because she wanted to make their lives better and safer—they are her calling.”
It becomes more clear in her standalone Wonder Woman film that Diana Prince exists to serve humankind. Which means that audiences should willingly overlook Diana’s character shift in Batman v Superman.
“So, I’m giving you a very honest answer, but it was—sometimes in a creative process, you establish something that is not necessarily the right decision, but then you can always correct it and change it," she said. "So Wonder Woman will always be there, as far as she’s concerned, for mankind.”
Without taking the time to develop Diana’s history and motivation, it’s just another example of how Batman v Superman felt like a rushed production.
Wonder Woman deserved better than to have half a character. Superman and Batman deserved more of their own screen time. And most importantly, the audience deserved a better movie.