On September 4, we told you how Jeff Sneider first broke word of a “tall woman” wanted by Warner Bros. for Batman’s love interest and how Latino Review expanded the scoop with more details about how potential candidates needed to possess height and physicality.
We all wondered in the backs of our minds if maybe, just maybe, the casting call was a smoke screen for Wonder Woman. But recent events chronicled here and here (with special thanks to MMM friend Mark Hughes) have rocketed that speculation to the forefront of possibility. Maybe we’re still only going to get a love interest for Bruce Wayne.
And maybe we’re getting Diana of Themyscira.
Regardless of the character, Variety exclusively provided three of the top candidates tonight:
Ukrainian model and actress Olga Kurylenko first gained major attention as Argentinian Secret Service Agent Camille Montes in QUANTUM OF SOLACE, wowing audiences with her easy, playful chemistry with Daniel Craig. Other action roles include HITMAN and MAX PAYNE, but it’s two recent roles that really make her an interesting choice. She’s absolutely, hauntingly beautiful opposite new Batman Ben Affleck in director Terrence Malick’s TO THE WONDER, which relies heavily on its actors’ abilities to paint a complete emotional story despite its scarcity of dialogue. She successfully plays everything from blissful love to crushing despair with the same grace she displays opposite Tom Cruise in this year’s science-fiction thriller OBLIVION, which relies heavily on mystery as a storytelling tool. We learn a lot about what’s going on in the film from Kurylenko’s character’s subtle reactions to what she knows is wrong all around her. She’s currently gearing up to star in Russell Crowe’s feature-length directorial debut, THE WATER DIVINER. Kurylenko is 5’9″ and certainly has the chops to pull it off.
International audiences are well aware of Israeli actress Gal Gadot after she appeared in the three most recent FAST & FURIOUS films as Gisele, a dangerous damsel who doesn’t know the meaning of the word “distress.” She’s got height at 5’9″ and seems a bit slight for an Amazon, but Zack Snyder has never been shy about showing his actors to the gym. Gadot would bring a massive fan following from the runaway FAST & FURIOUS box-office juggernaut, and she’s free for a new franchise now that her duties as Gisele are complete.
French actress Elodie Yung spun and swung her way through hordes of ninjas alongside Ray Park’s Snake Eyes as Jinx in G.I. JOE: RETALIATION. And in addition to being a student at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, she’s also a black-belt martial artist who already knows her way around a sword. She’s got 5 feet and 7 inches… and she knows how to use them.
So there we go. My personal favorite is Kurylenko because I’ve loved her in everything I’ve seen her in so far, but admittedly I’ve not seen Yung in anything yet. And we can’t forget Gadot’s franchise power, either.
And on top of all this, Variety’s article also mentions that The Flash is expected to make an appearance of some sort. And what about Dick Grayson? I’ll share more thoughts on this when my mind stops boggling. In the meantime, what do all of our loyal (and appreciated) readers and listeners think? Who’s your choice among these three actresses? Who’d you like to see who isn’t on this list?
All I know for sure is this:
In issue #8 of the New 52’s solo WONDER WOMAN title, Hades asks Wonder Woman why she protects humans.
She says, “Because life is important.”
Hades replies, “No. Life is brief. Truly. That’s all life is.”
“And in its brevity,” she counters, “is where life’s importance lies.”
And I love that, because it shows off her philosophical side.
That’s why I liked Lynda Carter so much. Not only was she believable in fights, but she carried herself in way that exuded kindness, warmth, wisdom, and grace.
There’s an episode of the 1970s series where a dictator in a purple jumpsuit (played by the delightful Henry Gibson) kidnaps the world’s best athletes so he can force them to compete as his nation’s Olympic team. Wonder Woman tells him she hasn’t gotten angry in 500 years, but that his behavior is pushing her awfully close. And you can see every one of her centuries gleaming behind Lynda Carter’s eyes. She also brought kind of a wry sense of humor to it, too. In other words, she was truly an ACTRESS and not just a beautiful woman in a shiny suit. That’s what we need now. Someone who can capture the magic that Carter did. Because say what you will, but for my money Carter was every bit as perfectly cast (and as impossible to replace) as Christopher Reeve. Snyder found a worthy successor in Henry Cavill. Let’s hope he can do it again. I believe he can.