Wonder Woman is a 5,000 year old retired hero in Batman v Superman

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:12 PM EST (Updated)

We already knew Wonder Woman’s standalone movie would be a period piece set in World War I, but now we finally have an inkling of just how long Diana has been kicking around the (im)mortal plane.

A new feature on the film in Empire magazine apparently reveals that Wonder Woman is approximately 5,000 years old and has seemingly hung up her battle gear to live a more normal life by the time we meet the character. But the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice apparently push her back into service. It’s an interesting direction to take, and somewhat mirrors the more world-weary version of Batman we’re getting with Ben Affleck.

Here’s an excerpt from how Gal Gadot described her version of Wonder Woman:

”Because she's seen it all, she has seen what humans can do, so it was very hard for her to come back and fight. They have the same attitude. Although when she is Diana she tries to blend in, she is not too outgoing. I don't want people to think she is perfect. She can be naughty.”

As for why Wonder Woman will make her debut in Batman v Superman, instead of featuring in her own stand-alone film first? Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder said they decided to “not save anything” with this film, which made them realize they were “much closer to the Justice League” than they had originally thought. 

Moving on to how the character of Wonder Woman will be written in Batman v Superman, as well as her stand-alone film? Executive producer Deborah Snyder said they’ve had the ability to play in the sandbox of what made the character so iconic, while also trying to find some humor in bringing this character to life in live action. Here's hoping they're subtle enough to find the balance there.

"Her sexuality is part of her power, but she is also a feminist icon. Gender has been a hot topic, so it is very timely to bring her back. The way we have approached it, especially in the stand alone ovie, that is definitely there. Looking back and doing an origin story - and it is a period piece - see the role of women through history. There is a great source of humour in that now. It is so unbelievable you can't even fathom it. You are still making a statement, but having some fun with it.”

Batman v Superman opens March 25, while Wonder Woman is set to hit on June 23, 2017.

(Via Empire, Comic Book Movie)

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