Smash the World’s Shell
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I have had some friends ask me what I thought about the casting of Gal Godot as Wonder Woman for a role in the 2015 Man of Steel sequel. I guess they know I’m a fan of the Amazon princess and am pretty invested in her feature film treatment.
I honestly don’t know anything about Gal Godot. I have never seen any of her movies so I can’t comment on her acting ability or her demeanor. The only thing I have to go on is a Google image search.
At first glance, she doesn’t strike me as a “Wonder Woman.” Not like Robert Downey Jr. struck me as Iron Man, or Jack Nicholson struck me as the Joker. And not like Jaimie Alexander, the woman many fans were hoping would land the role, struck me as Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is not skinny, and though she was gifted with great beauty by Aphrodite, she is not a traditional Hollywood beauty. Much like Captain America, she represents the ideal human physique, a perfect specimen of fitness, strength, agility and stamina.
Having said all that, we’re all well aware of the casting choices that seemed strange at first but worked out very well in the end. Heath Ledger’s Joker. Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman. And actors like Tom Hardy and Chris Evans went through rigorous strength training to prepare for their roles as comic icons, so there’s every possibility that Godot can take the necessary steps to truly represent Wonder Woman.
TL;DR - the jury is out on Gal Godot’s Wonder Woman until we see some actual footage.
But the casting of Godot is not my big problem with this news.
The rumor has existed for a while that WW might be making an appearance in the Superman/Batman film, but yesterday we got confirmation. I’ve been bothered about the Batman/Superman pairing from the get-go, but the inclusion of Wonder Woman (and there are now even rumors of a Flash appearance) is even more problematic.
The rebooted Superman has one movie under his belt. ONE. And, while I enjoyed Man of Steel quite a bit, I freely admit that it was received with very mixed reactions by the general public and by fans. Now is not the time to be flooding Superman’s world with competing Justice League personalities without first taking the time to get this fledgling series on track to become the launchpad it was intended to be.
Getting back to Wonder Woman, there’s no arguing that she is one of the three equal cogs of the “DC Trinity” alongside Batman and Superman. Sure, her book doesn’t sell as well as the other two, but in terms of cultural impact, she stands toe to toe with her caped counterparts. Wonder Woman is as synonymous with Americana as any spandex-clad pulp hero. She appeals to a heretofore untapped audience of filmgoers if a solo picture is done right. The recent success of The Hunger Games, Twilight films, and several female-led Disney features show unequivocally that audiences are happy to embrace films with female protagonists.
Instead, DC is shoehorning her into a movie in which her male peers will clearly overshadow her. She’s not even getting title billing. If you were to call the movie “Trinity”— or hell, if the Flash is thrown in, let’s just drop all pretenses and call it “Justice League”— I’d have at least a glimmer of hope for a proper representation of Diana.
There had been talk for a while that WB was going to perform a 180-degree reversal of Marvel’s cinematic strategy— that they would start with a Justice League film, then have the team members branch off into their own franchises. It seemed kind of kooky, but in the right hands it might have worked. But this is not a Justice League film. It’s a Superman/Batman film, and Wonder Woman is clearly an afterthought.
It’s been said ad nauseum, but the character deserves better. And I am not a happy camper right now.
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