One could argue Diana stays on the outskirts of society because she is still grieving Steve and the loss of the friends she made in 1918. However, Diana likely doesn’t want to draw attention to herself because it would give away her identity as Wonder Woman. To segue into Diana’s new life, Wonder Woman 1984 sees Diana chasing down and fighting a group of thieves inside a mall. It’s the ‘80s, smartphones weren’t yet a thing, and she doesn’t have to worry about being recorded. But, there are still security cameras perched on every corner of the mall. Wonder Woman swiftly takes them all out so she and her super heroics remain anonymous.
Gal Gadot in Wonder Woman 1984
Aside from the mall scene, Diana quietly knocks out Barbara Minerva’s attacker in the park, causing the bespectacled woman to wonder about her strength and how she got to her so fast. Viewers may have also noticed Wonder Woman’s final showdowns with Cheetah and Maxwell Lord are off-camera, with the Amazonian princess able to fight them and win while away from the public eye. For all of Wonder Woman 1984’s spectacle, Diana manages to keep out of sight as she has been doing for 60+ years.
Fast forward to Batman v Superman, and it’s no wonder Batman is shell-shocked someone as powerful as Diana stayed under the radar for so many years. Wonder Woman probably had to do double the work when people began using smartphones to record events. Throw in closed-circuit television systems and all other types of surveillance and video footage software, and there are more cameras for her to dodge than ever before. Yet, Diana still manages to maintain her anonymity for years after, and that’s no easy feat.
What’s more, Batman v Superman confirms Diana didn’t stay living in Washington, DC. At some point after the events of Wonder Woman 1984, Diana moved to Paris and became a museum curator at the Louvre. It seems relocating is another tactic she employed to keep a low profile, but even Wonder Woman’s secret couldn’t stay hidden from Batman for long.