Talking about the upcoming “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” with THR, producer Charles Roven revealed that Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman in the film will have a quite different origin story than expected.
Roven says: “Wonder Woman is in it. We know that. She has powers. She’s a goddess. She’s a demi-god. Her father was Zeus.” The quote hints that her origin story falls more in line with the New 52 DC Comics reboot version.
In that version, Diana was born out of her mother Hippolyta’s union with Zeus, the Greek god who still walks the Earth along with the other gods. How much of Wonder Woman’s back story will figure into this film’s action is unknown.
Roven also says Ben Affleck was always the first choice and the first person approached to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s film:
“He was the first guy we went to. That’s who we wanted. We knew that we wanted a very mature Batman, because we wanted to juxtapose him with this very young Superman. So we wanted a guy who was tougher, rugged, who had signs of life, who had lived a hard life, and we wanted the guy to have chops, for sure. So when we went down that list, there just weren’t a tremendous number of guys who could carry that.
We also wanted a guy with big stature. Ben is 6′ 4″. Henry [Cavill] is 6’1. We wanted Batman to tower over Superman. Not hugely, not like a basketball player. Superman needed to ‘look up’ to Batman. We wanted that dynamic, and Ben could do that, easily.”
As for how Bruce Wayne and Batman will be different from past incarnations: “He’s much more of a social animal in the Bruce Wayne incarnation, but he’s also an extremely rough guy in the Batman incarnation – very, very, very rough.”