FEATURE: Five Actresses Who Could Play Wonder Woman In JUSTICE LEAGUE
Well, Justice League or her own solo movie that is! While the planned small screen series starring Adrianne Palicki never amounted to more than anything than a failed pilot, there has still been talk of the Amazonion princess getting an outing on the big screen. Here are my top five choices.
In "The New 52" continuity, it has been established that Wonder Woman is only 23 years old. In fact, during the events of the first arc of Justice League, she is only 18. For that reason, you shouldn't be too surprised that most of the actresses below are a little younger than you might expect. They're also not the 7ft tall busty types which are repeatedly suggested simply because they look the part. Instead, I have chosen those who I believe could make a Wonder Woman movie the success it deserves to be, although it's fair to say that each of these would bring something VERY different to the role (bear in mind that all of them could be made to look as big as Diana in a similar style to how Tom Hardy was enhanced as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises). Check out my top five choices below, and be sure to share your thoughts and suggestions in the usual place!
5. OLIVIA WILDE
After leaving House to pursue a career on the big screen, Olivia Wilde has shown off her blockbuster credentials in big budget fare like TRON: Legacy and Cowboys & Aliens. So, is now the right time for her to take on a franchise of her own like Wonder Woman? Well, while she may not look as if she has been torn from the pages of the comic books, Wilde's take on the iconic DC character certainly has the potential to be an interesting one. And for an origin story, she certainly has the youthful looks which would make her an ideal choice. There has already been talk of her being somehow involved with the Tomb Raider remake, so if she's considered a good choice for that role, why not Wonder Woman?
4. CHARLIZE THERON
Many of you wondered why the Prometheus and Snow White and the Huntsman star wasn't included on my list of potential candidates for Captain Marvel. Well, here's your answer, although whether you agree with her playing Wonder Woman is another thing altogether. Theron is an incredibly diverse actress, and while the 36-year-old is the oldest of all of those mentioned on this list, she certainly doesn't look it! In fact, the Academy Award winning beauty would arguably deliver the most convincing take on the character, while recent performances in the films mentioned above means that Wonder Woman would have an A-List performer in the starring role (not to mention the box office draw that would result in).
3. EVANGELINE LILLY
The beautiful Lost actress has been a fan favourite choice to play Wonder Woman for a while now and it's really not hard to see why. She certainly looks the part, and her time on the show mentioned above was proof enough that she's capable of playing a tough as nails female lead. Following an enjoyable turn as Hugh Jackman's love interest in Real Steel last year, Lilly will next star in this December's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (a Warner Bros. film) and presumably the two follow-up's as well, so now would be a great time for her to step up and take on a major role in the rumoured Justice League movie before perhaps starring as the character in the much talked about solo movie.
2. GEMMA ARTERTON
The British actress hasn't really had too many opportunities to show off her action skills (despite appearances in the likes of Clash of the Titans and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), but don't let that fool you. Arterton is extremely talented and underrated performances in films such as The Disappearance of Alice Creed have shown that she has some serious acting chops. In equal parts beautiful as she is talented, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment could do a lot worse than rounding out their British "Trinity" - the other two being Christian Bale's Batman and Henry Cavill's Superman - with Arterton as Wonder Woman. It's not at all difficult to imagine her convincingly portraying the heroine.
1. GINA CARANO
An obvious choice yes, but after Haywire, it would be hard to place Gina Carano anywhere other than the top of this list. While that wasn't a particularly good film all in all, the mixed martial arts fighter turned actress stole the show and was thoroughly convincing throughout. It was in fact her leading role in Haywire which eventually led to talk of her playing the Amazonian princess, and it's not difficult to understand why. With a perfect handle on action, Carano is a likeable on-screen presence and can actually act (unlike most fighters who decide to pursue a career on the big or small screen). And as if that wasn't enough, Carano also has the right build and appearance to convincingly portray Wonder Woman.
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