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Justice League's Wonder Woman?

Updated on January 21, 2017
Wonder Woman
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

Zooey Deschanel/Karmin - did an SNL episode in 2012.  Basically Unknown
Zooey Deschanel/Karmin - did an SNL episode in 2012. Basically Unknown
Katie Perry - Well known as a pop-rock singing sensation with a great deal of physical charisma. Question:  Can she act in a dramatic role?
Katie Perry - Well known as a pop-rock singing sensation with a great deal of physical charisma. Question: Can she act in a dramatic role?
Lynn Collins of “John Carter” fame
Lynn Collins of “John Carter” fame
Jamie Alexander (Sif) of “Thor” fame
Jamie Alexander (Sif) of “Thor” fame
Priyanka Chopra of “House MD” fame
Priyanka Chopra of “House MD” fame
Megan Fox, primarily known for the first two Transformer films.
Megan Fox, primarily known for the first two Transformer films.
 Evangeline Lilly best known of “Lost” fame
Evangeline Lilly best known of “Lost” fame
Kate Bekensale (Salen) of the “Underworld” series
Kate Bekensale (Salen) of the “Underworld” series
Kate Bekensale (Salen) of the "Underworld" series - Pic No. 2
Kate Bekensale (Salen) of the "Underworld" series - Pic No. 2
Mila Jovovich, best know for the “Resident Evil” series
Mila Jovovich, best know for the “Resident Evil” series
Mila Jovovich - a pic from "Ultra Violet"
Mila Jovovich - a pic from "Ultra Violet"
Nadia Bjorlin of "Days of Our Lives" fame
Nadia Bjorlin of "Days of Our Lives" fame
Priyanka Chopra of “Don” and “Don 2” fame
Priyanka Chopra of “Don” and “Don 2” fame
Morena Baccarin of “Homeland”
Morena Baccarin of “Homeland”
Provocative but unknown painting (to me anyway) of either a model or strictly from the artist's imagination.
Provocative but unknown painting (to me anyway) of either a model or strictly from the artist's imagination.
Amy Motta of “Spread” and “Blood Money” credits
Amy Motta of “Spread” and “Blood Money” credits
Angelina Jolie - originally of Tomb Raider fame.  A terrific actress who could handle any role, but that frail body of hers makes one wonder.
Angelina Jolie - originally of Tomb Raider fame. A terrific actress who could handle any role, but that frail body of hers makes one wonder.
Adrianne Palicki in the just-missed TV series
Adrianne Palicki in the just-missed TV series
Gina Carraro has a background in actual atheletics, having been a boxer and kick-boxer.  No question about her looking Amazonian and being realistic in the action sequences.
Gina Carraro has a background in actual atheletics, having been a boxer and kick-boxer. No question about her looking Amazonian and being realistic in the action sequences.
Charlize Theron - definitely one of the most beautiful women to come out of Hollywood.  You may have caught her in "Prometheus" recently, or perhaps you saw her in "Aeon Flux," from which this photo seems to have been taken.
Charlize Theron - definitely one of the most beautiful women to come out of Hollywood. You may have caught her in "Prometheus" recently, or perhaps you saw her in "Aeon Flux," from which this photo seems to have been taken.
Cobie Smulders - known for her role in "How I Met Your Mother."  Also May be in Captain America 2 as well as The Avengers 2
Cobie Smulders - known for her role in "How I Met Your Mother." Also May be in Captain America 2 as well as The Avengers 2
Cobie Smulders pic No. 2.  Published here to show the wide contrast that makeup, lighting and hair can do for an actress.
Cobie Smulders pic No. 2. Published here to show the wide contrast that makeup, lighting and hair can do for an actress.
Painting by Alex Ross.  It's interesting to study his interpretation of WW.  There is not much that's genteel about this character's face.
Painting by Alex Ross. It's interesting to study his interpretation of WW. There is not much that's genteel about this character's face.
This cover by Jim Ballard(?) emphasizes Wonder Woman's musculature but not at the sacrifice of femininity or beauty.  Her face is less stern than the one by Alex Ross.  She also has great hair.
This cover by Jim Ballard(?) emphasizes Wonder Woman's musculature but not at the sacrifice of femininity or beauty. Her face is less stern than the one by Alex Ross. She also has great hair.
This may be my favorite paintings of WW by Adam Hughes.  The feeling I get from it is someone athletic, speedy, agile, incredibly good looking and happy.
This may be my favorite paintings of WW by Adam Hughes. The feeling I get from it is someone athletic, speedy, agile, incredibly good looking and happy.
Rena Sofer
Rena Sofer
Alexandra Daddario from the TV show "Parenthood"
Alexandra Daddario from the TV show "Parenthood"
Another Alex Ross painting of WW looking like no one to mess with.
Another Alex Ross painting of WW looking like no one to mess with.
Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

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.

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      Robert Mc Dowell 4 years ago from Puyallup, WA

      But there are several that could do it. The second main concern would be if the body can be shaped properly with muscles, yet look feminine. You have to at least have a certain basic facial expression. Priyanka and C. Theron should be forgotten, they are too far from the facial expression that WW has.

      Jolie should be forgotten, she is not even a possibility. She can be very physical, but her body genetics get’s in way. No way could someone build up her body to resemble what WW should appear like. Also you need an actress that will keep making movies for maybe a long time, depending on how well the first one does. Jolie has recently mentioned that she’s thinking about quitting acting and staying home with her kids. With the millions of dollars she has, she just may do that.

      But if I was forced to pick just one from this list, I would pick Mila Jovoich.

      Aikikenjitsu

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 15 months ago from London England

      Most of the candidates here for consideration to be the next Wonder Woman certainly possess that W.W. countenance and vivacious style. I was particulary struck by the irridecsent eyes of Nardia Bjorlin. We shall certainly be seeing and hearing more of her if she continues to pursue a career.

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      rjbatty 15 months ago from Irvine

      From what I've been reading in early reviews, Gal Gadot (basically an unknown) is stealing the show in the Batman vs. Superman flick. Good for her. Apparently, WB/DC made the right choice. After seeing early pics and clips of her, I got the idea of her beauty, and it occurred to me that with plenty of brawn already being displayed via Batman and Superman (and possibly/probably) others, to offset this with someone who had outstanding beauty could add a needed and interesting dimension.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 15 months ago from London England

      I just discovered a new Supergirl will premiere soon. Not sure if a movie or T.V. series. The publicity still doesn't come across as previous Supergirl portrayals. I'll need to see this production at length. But give me more of Wonder Woman!

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      rjbatty 15 months ago from Irvine

      I doubt we'll see another Wonder Woman TV series, but we can look forward to her own major motion picture. This has been given the green light from the studio, so we'll just have to hold on. I have every confidence this picture will get produced, as I suspect WW to be a major highlight of the Batman vs. Superman film (probably the highlight). I suspect that once we catch a glimpse of her in action, we'll all want to see more. She's a wonderful character, and I retain a great many of her second series comics in DC and almost everything from the third.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 15 months ago from London England

      Her portrayal of Wonder Woman in the blockbuster 'Dawn of Justice' by Gal Gadot who was a Miss Israel now aged 30 has wowed them at the London premiere. And to reprise the role of Wonder Woman in her own right due for release next year, Ms Gadot states "Ever since i became Wonder Woman i said i wanted to show the strongest side of femininity. She is though for everyone, not just women and girls. Wonder Woman is universal.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 11 months ago from London England

      Now on the way to a 'comic book & graphic novel' display being held at a city library. More to follow.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 11 months ago from London England

      Actually it was a forum dealing mainly with 'anime' characters

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 11 months ago from London England

      Decided to view various comic book images of Wonder Woman on the internet and some portray her as a powerful being to be reckoned with more so than her earlier years.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 10 months ago from London England

      In my everyday travels once in a while there will be a woman. power dressed for the office, full of confidence and who fits the Wonder Woman description to a tee. That Lady may not have ever been a fan of W.W. but the chances are that she has an agenda whereby she means to succeed.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 3 months ago from London England

      Probably does not matter who portrays Wonder Woman on screen as long as the character remains faithful to the W.W. legendary genre. Meaning W.W. is the alter ego of Dianna Prince and that she has a kid sister following in her footsteps. I recall some time ago when Wonder Woman began taking karate lessons which i thought, well she could always overpower a male adversary but then this made sense as now she has the ability to subdue multiple attackers.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 2 months ago from London England

      There is a new Wonder Woman movie due for release in a couple of months. Lets keep the comments constant!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 8 weeks ago from London England

      It's coming out next month.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 7 weeks ago from London England

      WONDERful Woman.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 weeks ago from London England

      Two weeks till the new Wonder Woman premiers. Bet it will be a blockbuster.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 weeks ago from London England

      and directed by a Woman as well!

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 5 weeks ago from London England

      I don't think there is a Justice League connection with the new Wonder Woman movie. Rather more an upgrade on the original Wonder Woman.

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      Ian Stuart Robertson 4 weeks ago from London England

      For a pre release screening of the new Wonder Woman movie a reviewer has mentioned veiled mention of Justice League.

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      Gadfly 11 days ago from Olde London Towne

      If we were to put an age to the Wonder Woman super hero/ heroine, given that Diana Prince enlisted in the Women's Army Corpes as an officer in world war II then we would need her to have procreated offspring to continue the W.W. saga. When i first became a W.W. enthusiast at the age of 10 i'd have placed her age at around 30 ish. I regard all the portrayals of Wonder Woman on screen as convincing with Lynda Carter in particular as wearing the mantle of the original Wonder Woman capturing enemy spies and bringing criminals to justice The scenario has now evolved into what we believe to be Amazonian society with formidable women fiercely independent of male domination and highly skilled in battle tactics. Perhaps Wonder Woman has a miracle potion for beating the ageing process or perhaps she is immortal or possess longetivity.

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      Gadfly 6 days ago from Olde London Towne

      Lets just put W.W.'s age as timeless!

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