Batman Vs. Superman Vs. ... Wonder Woman?
Israeli actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman/Superman movie that I'm having a hard time mustering up any interest in seeing.
There have been rumors the movie would somehow include Diana Prince, a.k.a., Princess Diana of Themyscira. And, given the climate, this isn't surprising. Superhero movies have been finding a female audience (though more on the Marvel end). And Catching Fire (which oh my god is fantastic) is a big blow against the belief that a woman can't open an action movie.
But, you know, I don't want to be too down on this—Gadot could end up being amazing—but the optics are weird: She's a model and 2004 Miss Universe contestant with limited acting experience (she's appeared in a few movies, including three installments of the Fast & Furious franchise). Wonder Woman is a feminist icon and an Amazon princess. It's a role that requires a mix of gravitas and strong ass-kicking ability.
Are they casting this based on acting chops or appearance? Gadot served two years in the Israel Defense Forces, so maybe she can kick some ass... but she was also conscripted to serve.
The as-yet-untitled film is scheduled for July 17, 2015. Now there's a rumor that The Flash may appear as well, so I wonder how long until DC just settles on calling it Justice League. They may as well. This whole thing feels less like they've got a good idea and a plan, and more like they're chasing the box office numbers of The Avengers.
What do you think, ladies? Is this a win for strong female characters on screen? Is Zack Snyder the director with the vision to bring Wonder Woman to the film?
Who would you have cast instead? I say Christina Hendricks. Think about it. She would be perfect.
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