One of the few things that has always irritated me about DC comics is their constant abuse of epic characters. Sure, Superman and Batman are always treated like gold, but characters like Aquaman and Wonder Wonder woman, and the Flash (some of the oldest and most beloved characters in the DCU) are always expendable pieces of the story. Or unnecessary additions to events. Or the biggest characters passed up for movies.
While studios have put many comics films into active development, we as fans know how little a commitment that really implies. Joss Whedon, who was signed to script a WW story a few years back, was very vocal about the lack of faith Studios had in a WW movie. And it seems for the most part, the project died with his departure.
Still, it is our job as fans of the medium to keep these things alive. So here we take a look at some of the bits necessary for a Wonder Woman live action film.
the easiest bit to talk about and debate, whoever dons the silver bracelets and tiara must have the screen presence to play the most iconic woman in comics. While it can always be argued what exactly is the most important part of a film, the facts are good casting equals steps in the right directon. here, in no particular order are some of the more popular candidates:
She's good looking enough, the acting is getting better all the time, and she seems to have recently begun to care about what the average person thinks of her. These are all good signs. Though i hardly share the idea of Megan Fox being the next big sex symbol that most males seem to believe in, she is in fact attractive. Shes also young, which should make the combat training and stunts much easier for her.
However, there are two concerns that arise when i think of megan as WW. First of all, she still looks and sounds like a 20 year old. I havent seen any evidence that she has the voice acting talents to make herself sound older and stronger. No one will complain if WW looks like a 20 something hotty, but if she sounds anything like she normally does, i would be hard pressed to imagine her capable of leading an army of amazons, or being an icon amongst super heroes.
the other concern is that it seems Megan's most attractive when shes trying to be some image of female sexuality. Though this is once again a minor issue that could, if approached correctly, be overlooked, but i still dont quite like the idea of Wonder Woman being someone who is actively trying to be hot. And i feel like every movement Megan makes is in an attempt to be even hotter than she was a second ago.
Still, with Hollywood's disgusting compulsion to cast a hot young person rather than the one best suited for the role, Megan may well be the best we can hope for.
...Does Lawless even age? I mean, she has begun to play older roles in these past few years, but i feel like that's more becuase of how old we perceive her than how old she actually looks.
Lucy played a role nearly parallel to that of Wonder Woman in the hit show Xena:Warrior Princess, a spin-off from the Hercules show staring Kevin Sorbo.
Lawless has already done this, and she did it well. On top of that, she is still epically attractive (anyone watching Spartacus? Wowzers!), and very much a strong woman. She has the acting range to play any emotion WW might experience, and she can do blood thirsty just as well as she can do compassionate.
The cons here are that even though she doesnt look much older, Lucy is. though shes still in great shape, some stunts may prove difficult. Also, i cant imagine her looking very attractive in the red, white, blue, and gold outfit WW is known for and i believe i would like to see in the movies. The battle armor would look both sexy and threatening on her, but the spandex and granny panties may not.
Doesn't really matter though. As i said before, Hollywood likes the popular young kids, and Lawless is currently outside of that window...
I personally believe Missy is one of the hottest and most talented actresses out there. You saw her in Stick It! with a crazy sexy six pack, getting knocked around like real gymnists do.
the reason i feel Missy stands out among the hot young girls of Hollywood is that she looks like a Woman. Where all of the other 20-somethings look 16, Missy has the look of someone who's grown up.
Her previous work in Heroes, Smallville, and Catwoman (which we wont hold against her) tell us that she has a respect for the style that others (Megan Fox being the only one i can think of at the moment) cant seem to grasp. This suggests that if she got the role, Missy would be one of those actresses who researches her character deeply, knowing her as well as, if not better than, the director of the film.
... i fear i may be giving into a biased opinion here, becuase i see absolutely no problem with Missy being WW. But here's a fan made picture i found of her as Artemis!
another epic beauty who seems to defy time. We all know Angie's movie history and capabilities, so i wont bother hitting on them again. I'll just add that She is obviously what Megan Fox is triving to be.
Angelina easily could do the role with full support from... well pretty much everyone. She IS the look, and she has already proven time and time again how dedicated she is to her roles.
...but last i heard she was done with action movies. Still, if she happened to go back on her "Action retirement" for WW, i dont think too many people would call her on it.
I feel like im getting repetitive with the Strong and somewhat aged talk, but this is what we should be looking for in out Wonder Woman candidates.
Beil pretty much left 7th Heaven a grown woman. She has done very few teenaged roles since then, and has shown that she can be very athletic and tough.
She doesnt look the part as much as some of the others, but acting wise she is just as capable.
Last, and possibly coming out of left field is the hottness of Lost. Evangeline has the look of a goddess, and has shown us in lost that she can tumble when she needs to. Lost has also proven to us that she doesnt get drowned out or forgotten it the presence of two leading men.
Once again, here is a lady who has the physical attributes of an athlete, and the face of a grown woman. This is really all we can hope for in our Amazons.
also, shes freakin hot! and smearing dirt on her cheeks only increases the effect.
while im sure im missing some others (such as the chick they actually cast as WW before postponing the movie), these are the ladies that stood out for me. check back for the Live Action:Wonder Woman- Story segment, to be added sometime after i manage to get more than 2 hours of sleep.
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