Some shocking news was released just a few days ago: Gal Gadot is playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman/Superman movie.
Wonder Woman, despite being one of the biggest and most well-known female superheroes, has never been in a live action movie, so this is kind of a big deal. And as a huge Wonder Woman fan, I am ridiculously and impossibly excited, but I also have some concerns.
There is a large part of me, a very large part, that is annoyed Wonder Woman is not, as of yet, getting her own movie. But I get it; the big boys at DC and Warner Bros. don’t think Wonder Woman can carry her own movie. I’m okay with her featuring in a movie with other heroes, but here is the thing: Wonder Woman does not play fucking second fiddle to Batman or Superman.
In the comic books, when Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman teamed up outside of the Justice League, the comics were simple called Trinity. The DC Trinity, the big three, the three superheroes who villains hope to never meet. And yet this movie is going to focus on Batman and Superman, with Wonder Woman only featuring in it. In some ways, this shares the same problems as the upcoming Ant Man movie. Ant Man and Wasp are always a team; the two are never apart, so to have a movie without her is fucking ridiculous to me. At the same time, if the Ant Man movie does include Wasp, but not as a title character, then I’m still annoyed, because that is just bullshit.
I still say Wonder Woman should have her own movie, but if she is going to share this movie then the movie should be called Trinity, or at least something that signifies she has an equal part in this movie alongside our two male superheroes.
I’m also a bit worried about this movie in general. I was already worried about Ben Affleck being cast as Batman, but now any problem this movie might have at the box office will most likely be attributed by The Powers That Be to Wonder Woman’s presence. I’d also be interested in how Wonder Woman is going to be incorporated into a movie that is rumored to be largely a Batman vs. Superman movie.
Now don’t get me wrong here, guys; I really want Wonder Woman in this movie, but it is imperative that she is written and acted well. Not just because I simply want to see a good portrayal of Wonder Woman on the big screen, but also because if this movie doesn’t do well, it will be used as yet another justification for the myth that women cannot carry a comic book movie. It could even stop Marvel from pursuing any possible plans for female-led movies. This movie is sort of it when it comes to female superheroes right now. The comic book world has all eyes on DC Comics, because this movie could make or break the female superhero movie.
I also want to say something about Gal Gadot playing Wonder Woman. Some people are annoyed that she is so stereotypically pretty and thin. For the record, Wonder Woman is gorgeous, but especially in recent years, Wonder Woman, as an Amazon, has been portrayed as taller and more muscular since she’s a warrior. Wonder Woman is not just supernaturally strong—she has also trained hard to be as strong as she is. And while I understand people being sad that Gal Gadot doesn’t look like this right now, keep in mind that the studio will probably put her through a lot of physical training to build at least some muscle, just like they do with male superheroes. Furthermore, some of the discussions I’m seeing about Gal Gadot’s body are getting extremely close to body-shaming, so just stop! I don’t know much about Gadot’s acting, but I have my fingers crossed that she’ll be everything I ever wanted. Here’s hoping, at least.
Welp, I guess we’ll all have to wait and see. Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman and every female superhero are currently in your hands. I know this is a lot of pressure but please, please, please don’t let us down.