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Having a think about Batman. Just to be clear, I’m not disinterested in Batman / Superman. But Keaton as Batman would get me even more excited.
Yesterday when I speculated that Diana Prince might be Bruce or Clark’s love interest in the Man of a Steel sequel, some of you took what I was saying the wrong way. I was speculating who Diana Prince might be “acting as”, not how Wonder Woman will be defined. I can totally see Diana under cover for most of the movie as Diana Prince before revealing herself as Wonder Woman.
Hope that clears that up.
Since I just reblogged the first part, I feel I should also reblog this.
After my intial reaction to Batman vs. Superman (which is not the title for the film) earlier this year, I mentioned a few times on this site that I was confident Wonder Woman would be appearing in the Man of Steel sequel. What I wasn’t sure of is who would be playing her.
Well, here she is: Gal Gadot! I want to wish Gal (above images via Stndrd) good luck, those are some mighty big boots to fill.
I noticed that in all the press releases, they refer to her a Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. What that says to me is that we’ll be seeing Wonder Woman in her alter ego for a good portion of the film. But how? As Bruce’s love interest? As Superman’s love interest? As a bad ass government operative? Who knows. I just hope Zack Snyder gives this character the respect she deserves in her big screen debut…
DCU has been on the Wonder Woman beat for some time. I’m glad to see it finally paying off.
There is part of me that’s very unsure about this, but I am also starting to get kind of excited. With the casting of Ben Affleck, Warner Bros is essentially, permanently, closing the door on Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. This is, in actuality, an amazing thing. It may go down as the definitive Batman film series, and while the character will be rebooted and revived countless times in our lifetime, that trilogy will be special and permanent. If Batfleck is connected in anyway to that series, I think it would be a bad move.
Batfleck should be a timeless Batman. I could picture a scene in the Batcave where Batfleck walks into his garage and all the film versions of the Batmobile, from Adam West to Michael Keaton to Christian Bale, so I mean ALL of them. It would be a great wink and nod, as if to say “this is a different Batman, but still the Batman you know and love”.
I know the reaction yesterday was swift and negative, and I’m partly to blame. The comparisons to Heath Ledger some have been making are a bit off. Heath was coming off Brokeback Mountain and Christopher Nolan is a profoundly unique filmmaker. Affleck carries a lot of baggage and Zach Snyder is far from being Nolan. This is more like Michael Keaton being cast as Batman, and the venom journalist spewed at the choice back in the 80’s. That worked out great, and I hope that happens here.
I do, however, feel bad for Henry Cavill. This sequel should have defined his Superman, and it may be over shadowed by Batfleck. I’m hoping that Superman gets his proper time in the spotlight.
As I said upfront I’m excited, but I’m still unsure. If the news read “Ben Affleck is directing and starring in the next Batman film” I would be elated. Affleck is a rising director, and a very impressive one at that. The films he’s made so far scream for him to direct a Batman movie. Unfortunatly, he will not be directing.
I was cautiously optimistic about Man of Steel, and while I enjoyed it, the film was not a home run. The announcement of Batman vs Superman (or whatever they plan to call it), got me excited again. But now I find myself back to being cautiously optimistic for the next film, instead of blindly excited. With that, I want to say a sincere congratulations to Ben Affleck. I know you will bring 110% to the role and I hope you kick major ass. I’m rooting for you sir.
So, that’s how I feel….. now where is the Wonder Woman movie?
Interesting ideas from Bryan at DCU.
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Seriously though, do we really have to wait until a Justice League film, or Man of Steel 3, or whatever, to see Wonder Woman on film? She is one of the most iconic characters in comics, yet can’t get a film green lit? I don’t buy it. I really don’t.
Diane Nelson, president of DC Entertainment, when asked why WW has no film on the way, was just quoted as saying:
The reasons why are probably pretty subjective: She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.
That’s a pretty lame reason, and also not true at all. Her story summarized: She is an Amazon champion/warrior who leaves her home in order to save the world of man from themselves. Has the story changed over the years? Yes, but right there you have a simple concept to build a three act structure on.
What if that “compelling” reason already exists? How about this alternate idea for Man of Steel 2: Wonder Woman leaves Themyscira because she is the only one capable of stopping this “Superman” who just destroyed a small town and a large city. Special effects, misunderstandings, moral lessons, Lex Luthor, and Steve Trevor. Boom: Superman/Wonder Woman makes a billion plus dollars.
There, you’ve got a Wonder Woman movie.
Now, I’m excited to see Batman and Superman side by side in a movie. But I would trade that in a heart beat to finally see Wonder Woman have her chance to shine.
In closing: I’m happy that Batman/Superman is happening, but DC Entertainment missed an opportunity to make it a Wonder Woman/Superman movie. I hope they correct the ship by putting WW in her own film before moving forward with a JLA film.
I continue to agree with Daily DCU.
Also this quote is bullshit, “She doesn’t have the single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.” I see that quote, and raise you a Green Lantern movie…