To those who’ve been clamoring for a Wonder Woman film, your prayers have been answered… more or less. Today comes the announcement that the oft-rumored “female lead” of Batman vs. Superman will, in fact, be Wonder Woman, and that DC’s biggest superhero will be played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, of the Fast & Furious franchise. It’s a momentous moment for Wonder Woman fans, superhero fans, and anyone who’s ever written a blog post entitled “Where’s My Wonder Woman Movie Already?” Here’s what Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder had to say on the matter:
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”
That’s about par for the course. But like any big piece of superhero news, an answer (in this case, to the question “Where’s My Wonder Woman Movie Already?”) often brings with it a bajillion new questions. What follows are some of the more pertinent ones.
What’s Up With the Costume?
More so than most superheroes, Wonder Woman’s costume has always been a point of debate. It’s essentially armor-clad lingerie, and leaves roughly 60% of its hero’s body as bare skin. Not exactly practical. Linda Carter made it work, but Carter’s era had a Batman rocking nothing but grey spandex and shiny black underwear. Alongside a modern body-armored Batman, Wonder Woman may want more than just her own brightly colored undies. But, of course, if you try to change the costume, as the 2011 Wonder Woman pilot did, all hell will naturally break loose. There’s a happy medium in there somewhere; hopefully the artists working Batman vs. Superman will be able to find it. And at least, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Gadot will be doing her share of strength training, which will surely help. A buffer, more intimidating Wondy might offset any complaints about the changes (or non-changes) made to her iconic battle bustier.
How Big a Part Will She Play?
Here’s the good news: in the quote above, Zack Snyder doesn’t use the name “Diana” even once. “Diana” implies cameo; a quick pop-on from Gadot in civilian clothing with a wink and a nudge about how she’ll be appearing next time. “Wonder Woman” implies bullet-deflecting, truth-lassoing, and the lifting (and throwing) of objects too heavy for mere mortals to raise above their heads. What we don’t know, however, is just how much screen time Wonder Woman will be getting. Back when Gadot, Elodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko first tested for the role, it was described as a “female lead,” which promises substantial Wonder Woman-ing. But the rumored title is still Batman vs. Superman- no Wonder Woman in there. Which leads us to the next question…
Will it Still be Called Batman vs. Superman?
Batman vs. Superman was fine when the film only had a Batman and a Superman. Now we’ve got a third hero, and potentially a lead one that’s never before been featured in a live-action film. With this being the first-ever movie version of Wonder Woman, it’s likely she’ll be featured heavily in the ads, and the words Batman vs. Superman emblazoned above a lead superhero that’s neither Batman nor Superman doesn’t quite click. One would think Wondy deserves a little title recognition. Typically, in comics, “Trinity” is used to refer to the grouping of all three heroes, so don’t be surprised if that ends up in the finished title. Or maybe the title will center around being a Man of Steel sequel, and all the other ancillary heroes will be left to the posters and trailers. Either way, it seems extra doubtful now that we’ll still be seeing that “vs.” in the final title.
The Wonder Woman Rumor Was True; What Others Might Be?
The logical answer here is “none of them; they’re all just rumors until proven otherwise.” But buried deep within Variety’s report on the story are several other juicy tidbits. First is this sentence: “Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) and the Flash are said to be locks to make an appearance in some fashion.” This may just be a stronger wording on what we already now: the Flash is rumored to appear but hasn’t been confirmed. Yet placing this alongside the now-truthful Wonder Woman rumor makes it seem like Variety knows something the rest of the world doesn’t.
And then comes this piece, which would be breaking news on its own. Callan Mulvey, of Zero Dark Thirty and the upcoming 300: Rise of an Empire, is now being eyed to play the villain. We still have no clue what villain might be, but keep in mind that Mulvey is a white Australian man in his late 30s… so he could really play almost any Superman villain in existence. No clues there. If you shaved his head, he’d look somewhat like Lex Luthor, so I’m just going to go ahead and say Lex Luthor.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go delete my half-finished “Where’s My Wonder Woman Movie Already?” blog post.