On a cinematic level, the DC Extended Universe may have found their answer to Tony Stark/Iron Man, but she wields bulletproof bracelets and the Lasso of Truth. That’s right, we’re talking about Wonder Woman, and reportedly Gal Gadot is appearing in the Flash solo film Flashpoint, starring Ezra Miller.
Forecasting the future of Wonder Woman, Forbes stated:
“(Gal) Gadot is expected to reprise her role as Wonder Woman in the upcoming production of Flashpoint, which will be Flash’s solo movie but is also more of another superhero team-up featuring several additional DC superheroes… it means Wonder Woman could potentially appear in as many different films as Batman over the course of the next few years in the DCEU.”
Princess Diana of Themyscira has already appeared in her own hit film, Wonder Woman, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She will soon appear in Justice League, and is already scheduled to appear in 2019 in her own stand-alone sequel along with Justice League Part Two. A part in Flashpoint in 2020 would make six appearances in DCEU movies in three years. That gives RDJ a run for his money, who in a 10-year span (2008-2018) will have appeared in three Iron Man films, Incredible Hulk, three Avengers films, Captain America: Civil War, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.
One thing is clear: When speaking historically, Batman has always been box-office gold as far as DC superheroes go. But Warner Bros. understands who their money maker is right now, and that’s Wonder Woman, with her first solo film closing in on $800 million worldwide.
In the comics, it would likely be Batman popping up in multiple corners of the DCU, and they tried to do that with Suicide Squad. But let’s be honest, with the news of Ben Affleck in and out of the Bat-Cowl, potentially quitting and signing up for more, audiences are still warming up to his portrayal of Bruce Wayne and Batman.
Wonder Woman/Diana Prince is a character who has existed in the DCU since World War II. So as far as characters spanning this universe go, Diana makes sense, since she’s been watching humans for a century, and has technically been around much longer than Wayne.
Still, nothing's confirmed as of yet on the Flash front. Ray Fisher, who plays Victor Stone/Cyborg in the upcoming Justice League film, is listed on IMDb as part of the cast for Flashpoint, but no Gadot yet. You can bet we'll be monitoring that page to see if she becomes a confirmed cast member, though.
From a business standpoint, it’s a smart move to have Diana be the common thread. Wonder Woman is already uniting fanboys and fangirls, so a cameo by Gadot will bring folks who just want to see more of Diana at the minimum, and hopefully audiences will also get a great film outside of that guest appearance. Now, that’s not how it works in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, where viewers come for a satisfying film and the Tony Stark cameos (among others) and after-credits scenes are continuity gravy. But give Warner Bros. credit for knowing when they’ve done something right, and hopefully for being well on their way to creating their own winning formula.