Well, this is embarrassing. Not even two weeks have passed since I posted my dream cast for the upcoming Superman/Batman film, Warner Bros. announced that they filled a role for someone I didn’t expect to be in the movie; Gal Gadot has been cast in the role of Wonder Woman!
As usual, the Internet exploded with the reaction of fans to this news. Some say she’s too thin and too short to take on the role of the Amazon Princess. And, to a certain extent, I agree with them. However, they do have a lot of time to prep her for the role. She could easily gain muscle before the shoot. They can also make her look taller with special effects (remember the hobbits from the Lord of The Rings films?). Even if you think she isn’t a good actress, well… let’s hope the director can pull a great performance from her.
Nope. I’m not the least bit upset with the casting. Like Heath Ledger’s Joker and Michael Keaton’s Batman, Gal Gadot may surprise us with the best portrayal of the Princess of Paradise Island. What I am upset about is the fact that they have Wonder Woman in the movie in the first place!
Honestly, as I typed that sentence, I even found it a bit crazy that a geek such as myself is actually complaining that there are too many superheroes in one film! But I do have a bunch of reasons why I feel this way…
First, doesn’t it feel like DC Comics is just rushing to the Justice League movie too fast? Let’s compare this decision to how Marvel handled the lead up to The Avengers film. It took them a total of 5 films and 5 years before all of the superheroes that appeared in those movies appeared in one movie. And it was glorious! The build up to the epic event may be a part of it but another reason why it was sooooo good was we got to learn more about the characters!
Now, take a look at the upcoming Superman/Batman movie. We got an idea of Superman’s personality because of Man of Steel and we’re not invested with the character. Batman? Well, we already have 3 recently released movies with the Dark Knight so I don’t think we need another movie reintroducing him. It doesn’t matter if this is a “different” Batman from the Nola trilogy; we’re already solidly invested in the character.
But Wonder Woman? What does the average Joe really know about Wonder Woman? Not much! So the typical movie goes may know what she looks like and the basics of her character. But they really won’t be attached to the character in any way! We need time to get to know her personality to get invested with her as a character! And we haven’t seen a modern live-action interpretation that was faithful to the character in recent years!
Also, how much screen time will she actually get? Look, I applaud Zack Snyder sneaking in very small cameos in Man of Steel. Carol Ferris, who is the sometimes-villain Star Sapphire in the comics, was a military officer. There was Colonel Nathan Hardy with the codename “Guardian” which may be a wink to fans of The Guardian, a vigilante who patrols Metropolis’ Suicide Slum area. So, if Wonder Woman is going to just be a cameo, why announce who’s playing the role? It should have been kept a surprise!
It really feels like they’re shoehorning her in the movie! I want to see Diana Prince get a proper introduction to the DC Movie Universe. But we probably won’t get it. And the sad thing is, I think a Wonder Woman movie can be awesome! Want proof? Watch the 2009 direct-to-DVD animated movie! That movie was awesome. I’m personally not a big fan of Wonder Woman so I don’t know much about the character but the movie gave a great origin story and was a great way to introduce her to new fans!
Okay, DC Comics. I know you’re trying to play catch up to Marvel and they have a really big head start. But don’t blow your entire load by show the DC Comics Trinity in one film! Slow down and take your time.
What do you think of the decision to put Wonder Woman in the upcoming movie? How about the casting choice for the role? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!