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Justice League's Wonder Woman?
Wonder Woman - Best Pick?
There is an ongoing buzz and fan-boy chat circulating that Warner Bros. will push a Justice League (JL) film by 2015, come hell or high water. But, I also read they only recently received a viable script. No actors have been assigned nor a director. As everyone on the planet already knows the studio has announced a new Superman film for 2013, and with the studio's teasers, I think they will deliver on their promise for a unique, if unexpected, experience. I've read of other WB projects that are being considered.
Following a viewing of a JL video game contest against Luther and his dastardly handy-men/women, I saw an unrealized/underutilized potential for Wonder Woman. Then I thought about the studio's reluctance to make a Wonder Woman motion picture. I think part of WBs quandary stems from their indecision to use big-name stars or go with a pack of unknowns.
The advantage of using unknown actors/actresses is having a better chance of a young ensemble lasting a couple of decades -- a time span it might take to complete an epic-length saga. Another advantage would be the time-line stories re. Batman and Superman. Each of the young actors could turn the new opportunity to their best advantage. Batman could talk (as he has) like someone with esophageal cancer, and the Superman actor could take cues from Henry Cavill. If Cavill is a success, then the studio might be more open to hiring actors of his approximate age. They could keep his franchise a separate concern.
Over the decades Wonder Woman has received short shrift. People still want to see a Wonder Woman on her own. The performance of WW in a JL adventure could tip their wings.
And many, many people have made suggestions about what actress best personifies the superhero -- no easy task since she needs to be uncannily beautiful, athletic with a warrior's penchant for not "sparing the rod."
Most likely WB would film an entire JL saga at one time (to minimize budget and delays), so aging of the star is not really a problem. The budget would probably enormous.
The Nolan Batman is finished, it can be accepted as if it were one of Marvel Comic's "What If" stories. Christian Bale swears he's done his last Batman performance.
I made a cursory trip through the Net to see who may be considered for the next possible WW. Some of the actresses are already well-known to us while others are more obscure. A few of them are unknown to me entirely. After having gathered the photo gallery, I was more confused than ever. Some of the more frail looking actresses could look "dead on" with a few months of heavy gym workout and the appropriate makeup.
I'd have to see all the actresses live in order to form an opinion. Each audition could take several hours.
Known and Unknown Possibilities
And the winner is Gal Gadot who was on no one's radar. She's a former beauty queen. That doesn't hurt, but she looks like a cupcake. Well, no matter.
It was reported somewhere a long time ago that Michael Keaton took Jack Nicholson aside and asked him something like, "Jack, how am I going to play this Batman character?" Nicholson reassured Keaton by simply saying, "Let the costume do the acting."
Beauty Before Brawn
Gal Gadot, in the end was a good choice. Most comic book cinema lovers are male, and they will be spellbound by Gadot. And when when you think of it, a character with such magical powers really doesn't need an Olympic-type body. The short play we got of her in "Batman vs. Superman" displays a great sense of humor independence. I like her, and hope you do as well.
Now, we are receiving all sorts of negative commentary about the Wonder Woman film. Hopefully, most of that is just the Marvel vs. DC squabble. I'm hoping the Wonder Woman film will be terrific. I'm hoping that the Justice League film will be worth seeing. I'm hoping the Aquaman film will be worth seeing. Worth seeing or not -- I know I'll end up seeing them all.
I recently re-watched "Man of Steel," and it was a pretty good film despite all the critical disclaim. I urgently suggest you to watch these movies without preconceived conceptions. Man, a lot of work went into "Man of Steel," and to have it shoved off as a major disappointment, simply isn't. fair. You have to see these films with your own conceptions of what is successful and what isn't. Since we get pics of films that will not be released for 3-4 years, a kind of momentum builds (either plus or minus, subtracting the day-to-day media). Ignore the media. The critics behind are total losers (in my opinion). You have to judge by yourself whether you liked a film or not.