The photo, taken by Stephen Berkman and posted on Snyder’s personal Twitter, is a black and white image of Diana Prince in her Wonder Woman armor standing next to various warrior figures while holding three severed heads — which she presumably cut off. Snyder stated that the image is set in the year 1854, likely during the Crimean War. Snyder described this image as an “an else-world, war weary Diana, who had chased Aries across the battlefields of the world and had yet to meet Steve, who would help her restore her faith in mankind and love itself.”
Of course, any fan who has seen Wonder Woman, or Wonder Woman 1984, knows that this image of a dark, violent Diana doesn’t match the version depicted by director Patty Jenkins. In her solo films, Diana is a kind and strong woman who, from the beginning, fights for love and peace, and has faith in humanity. This never wavers, even in the midst of a World War.
In a conversation with Marc Maron for his podcast, WTF with Marc Maron, Jenkins went into detail about the “internal war” at Warner Bros. over what they wanted Wonder Woman to look like. Jenkins stated that she stood strong behind her vision of the film and told the studio that “Women don’t want to see that. Her being harsh and tough and cutting people’s heads off… I’m a ‘Wonder Woman’ fan, that’s not what we’re looking for.”
Now, seeing Snyder’s image, it becomes clear that it’s exactly the sort of thing Jenkins was referring to.