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What's Going On With Wonder Woman's DCU Recasting?

Summary

  • Gal Gadot’s future as Wonder Woman in the new DC Universe is looking very unlikely.
  • Wonder Woman has no confirmed DCU projects at the moment.
  • The DC Universe could reintroduce Wonder Woman with a new actress for an updated approach.



Wonder Woman‘s status in the new DC Universe has still to be confirmed, and without an actress announced as Diana Prince, conflicting reports about the heroine’s recasting have emerged. Gal Gadot gave life to Wonder Woman in the DCEU. While the actress’ first solo movie as the character is one of the best live-action films in DC history, her second solo entry, Wonder Woman 1984, has become one of the most criticized movies in the controversial shared universe. Still, Gadot’s Wonder Woman returned as Wonder Woman for cameos in other DCEU movies despite Wonder Woman 1984‘s failure.


It was expected that the actress and director Patty Jenkins would try to turn the franchise around with a third movie. However, Wonder Woman 3 was canceled. With the start of the new DCU, all actors from the DCEU’s Justice League will reportedly not return to their roles. As it stands, Gadot’s Wonder Woman return is looking very unlikely, though there have been some conflicting reports on the matter. With the DCU’s announced projects not including Wonder Woman’s debut — though the Amazon-focused prequel series Paradise Lost is happening — there have been multiple chapters to Wonder Woman’s DCU recasting.

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James Gunn Says Casting For Wonder Woman Has Not Begun

The DCU Creative Chief Is Used To Dispelling Rumors


While Wonder Woman is not involved with the projects that were announced as the first in the new DC Universe, even though the other members of DC’s Trinity — Batman and Superman — got solo movies, the character will have an important role in the DCU. James Gunn confirmed as much. The creative mind of the DCU has also guaranteed fans that Wonder Woman will appear before the first three years of the new DCU are over. That makes sense, as the announced movies and series for the DCU are less than half of the Chapter One slate.

Recently, Gunn debunked a Wonder Woman casting rumor, and in doing so, once again restarted talks about Gadot leaving the role behind. Gunn was asked by a fan about Wonder Woman appearing in the animated Creature Commandos, which is confirmed to feature The Witcher‘s Anya Chalotra as the Wonder Woman villain Circe, and the director said there was no truth to the rumor. More specifically, the fan asked, “I feel like it’s safe to assume she hasn’t been cast yet, correct?” — and Gunn answered with “Correct,” pretty much confirming Gadot is out, and Wonder Woman will be recast.


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The Actress Has Made The Situation Awkward

Wonder Woman’s future at DC has been a roller coaster. While Wonder Woman 3 with director Patty Jenkins was canceled, Gadot made it seem like there was a chance that a new version of the project could get made. In August 2023, Gadot said Wonder Woman 3 was happening and that she would develop it alongside DC Studios co-CEOs James Gunn and Peter Safran. Gadot then shared more details, saying the DC executives told her, “‘We’re going to develop Wonder Woman 3 with you. [We] love you as Wonder Woman — you’ve got nothing to worry about.’


While that made fans of her portrayal of Diana Prince excited, it would ultimately turn out to be false. According to multiple reports, DC was not working on any version of Wonder Woman 3 at the time, be it with Gadot or somebody else. Interestingly, Gunn, who is very fast to respond to DC rumors, did not comment on the ordeal. Only this March would the director comment on Wonder Woman DCU casting rumors, debunking a rumor that Guardians of the Galaxy franchise actress Elizabeth Debicki was his choice for the DCU’s Wonder Woman.

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Why The DCU Recasting Wonder Woman Is For The Best

A New Actress Should Play Diana

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While there were many positives in Gadot’s time as Wonder Woman, it is for the best that it comes to an end. Wonder Woman 1984 had its fair share of problems, leaving Gadot’s power to lead a Wonder Woman movie again in question. The actress also made cameos as Diana in two of the final DCEU movies, Shazam! Fury of the Gods and The Flash, both of which bombed at the box office. At the end of the day, bringing in Gadot’s Wonder Woman would just burden the DCU with unwanted DCEU baggage.


A fresh start after the controversial DCEU is what Wonder Woman and most DC characters need. With David Corenswet replacing Henry Cavill as Superman and a new actor taking on Batman instead of Ben Affleck, it would be weird to keep Gadot as Wonder Woman. As the DCEU barely explored Diana’s Greek mythology connections, the new DC Universe could do a deep dive into Wonder Woman’s extensive lore from DC Comics, and bringing in a new actress as Wonder Woman would be the perfect way to cement that this is definitely a new era for the hero in live-action.

  • Wonder Woman Comic-Con Poster

    Wonder Woman

    Wonder Woman is the first film in DC’s series focusing on Diana Prince. Gal Gadot reprises her role from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and, this time, must stop the villainous Ares with the help of Steve Trevor (Chris Pine). The film received generally positive reviews upon release and was followed by Wonder Woman 1984 in 2020. 

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    Wonder Woman 1984

    In 1984, Wonder Woman’s second big-screen solo adventure finds her working in the Smithsonian while secretly living a double life as the iconic superhero. When she comes across a mysterious artifact at the museum, Wonder Woman soon finds herself facing two all-new foes: Max Lord and Cheetah. Wonder Woman 1984 was one of the first theatrical films to be simultaneously released on HBO Max in 2020.

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    Wonder Woman 3

    Wonder Woman 3 is the third film in Warner Bros.’ franchise starring Gal Gadot as Diana Prince. There was initially confusion about whether the sequel would happen after the DC began its soft reboot under the direction of James Gunn and Peter Safran. However, in August 2023, Gadot confirmed that the sequel was moving forward.


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