Hollywood is preparing to film a sequel to the 2013 movie about Superman, Man of Steel. But, this Superman movie is different. There’s a girl, and it ain’t Lois Lane.
The new movie will include Wonder Woman, and Wonder Woman, as we’ve noted about Supergirl, is a NotMom. In comic books, Wonder Woman has many super powers, and many loves, but never a husband and never a child.
The announcement that Wonder Woman will be played by Gal Gadot (right) a virtual unknown actress, has elicited a firestorm of fan response. Scheduled for release July 17, 2015, the Man of Steel follow-up has Henry Cavill repeating his stint as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck, making his movie debut as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Two big stars…and a woman few have heard of.
Beyond the casting choice, many women are dismayed by the fact that the Amazon princess, AKA Diana Prince, has yet to earn a movie in her own right.
Wonder Woman has starred in her own TV shows, of course, most famously from 1975-1979 portrayed by Lynda Carter. She had her own TV movie in 1974 with Cathy Lee Crosby, and again in 2011 with Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki. And, she was animated in 2011, again in Batman’s show, in 2011, to0. Now, she’ll hit the big screen for the first time, but she’s just a small part of the big guys’ movie. In the eyes of many fans, she’s merely a cameo.
DC Comics describes Wonder Woman as being “a feminist icon since her star-spangled intro in 1941.” She deserves her own movie. She deserves an A-list star.
For some critics, Gal Gadot also lacks the body frame to represent an immortal Amazon. Lynda Carter and the others brought big-girl hips and boobs and arms (guns) to the role. Ms. Gadot is beautiful, but she’s nobody’s Amazon.
Katniss Everdeen, the star character of The Hunger Games, will earn movie producers more than $400 million in the second film alone, and there’s a third yet to be produced. Katniss is a great shot with a bow and arrow, but she doesn’t have superpowers. Here’s hoping someone in Hollywood (probably a man), realizes Wonder Woman can bring in big crowds on her own, too.
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