Wonder Woman Cast!
I have been a vocal critic of this year’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel from Zach Snyder and David Goyer. Their involvement in the sequel has me less than excited about the project. The announcement that Ben Affleck would co-star as Batman had me even less excited - both because I didn’t care for the casting and because I didn’t really want to see Batman crowding Superman out of his own movie. I had suggested that if WB wanted to team Superman up with another hero, it made more sense to have Wonder Woman co-star.
Well, apparently I will get my wish. Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the untitled sequel.
What do I think of the casting? I don’t know. I have never seen Gadot act. Her biggest role to date was in Fast and Furious, the fifth movie in the The Fast and the Furious franchise. But that doesn’t concern me. I didn’t know who Chris Hemsworth was before he was cast as Thor. The best I can do is keep my fingers crossed and hope she can act.
All I can really judge her by is her look. Sure, she’s a beautiful girl. But does she look like Wonder Woman?
She’s a bit skinny to be an Amazon. But she can hit the gym and bulk up like any of the male actors playing super heroes. I do hope the new Wonder Woman doesn’t appear on the big screen for the first time looking like a runway waif. The Israeli-born actress does have an ethnic look which is important. The character is supposed to come from Greek mythology. Gadot fits that aspect of the character more than a lot of higher profile actresses who have been suggested for the role of the years.
I’m not forgetting that Snyder and Goyer are still involved. We still have Batfleck to look forward to. There are a lot of potential strikes against this movie right up front. But I’m not going to lie. Wonder Woman has me jazzed. For tonight, I’m just going to pretend like Gadot is perfect for the role. I’m going to imagine that Snyder and Goyer have learned everything there is to know about super heroes and won’t make the same mistakes they made on Man of Steel. I know it’s unlikely. But I want to hope. (I hear that’s what the S stands for.)
Recently, Wonder Woman has become near and dear to my heart. I will admit that for a long time, I never really appreciated the character. But my four year old has fallen in love with Wonder Woman. And it has opened my eyes to all of the untapped potential Wonder Woman has. A lot of people complain that Wonder Woman is a hard character to do. There is no definitive version. She’s a pacifist warrior. A walking contradiction with the baggage of Greek mythology for an origin and being a feminist icon.
But all that means is that Wonder Woman has lots of material to draw from. At the simplest, most basic level, she is the most iconic female super hero. The only one who wasn’t derived from a better-known male superhero. If all you can do is make her a female Superman, that works. But in the right hands, Wonder Woman could be so much more than that. She has so many dimensions to choose from. All she needs is the right person to make that definitive version of the character.
I have serious doubts that Snyder (director of the dreadful quasi-feminist nerd porn, Sucker Punch) is the guy for the job. Between now and the movie’s release I will wake up in cold sweats imagining a movie in which Wonder Woman runs around snapping the necks of her enemies. Or worse yet, if a damsel in distress for Superman and Batman to save. I want to be able to take my then-six year old to the movies so she can see the Wonder Woman she idolizes save the day and inspire hope. Please, let them make a movie where that happens.
So today, I’m just going to allow myself to be excited that Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen. Hollywood can disappoint me later.