Wonder Woman candidates emerging. Who is the best choice?
With Batman vs. Superman planned for 2015, the most consistent rumor is that we’re going to get a Wonder Woman cameo in addition to the throw down of DC’s two biggest heroes — Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill). Some rumored names are intriguing while others have me concerned. Let’s break down some of the candidates.
Jamie Alexander – While promoting Thor: The Dark World at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo in Los Angeles on Nov. 1, Alexander said she was discussing an unspecified female role. Latino-Review says Alexander isn’t in the running for Wonder Woman, but a love interest for Bruce Wayne. Of all of the candidates mentioned so far, Alexander has the physical presence, looks and acting talent to make for the most convincing Wonder Woman. The biggest question is how restrictive is her contract with Marvel Studios?
Gina Carano – Based purely on her real life fighting talents, the MMA star turned actress clearly has to be at or near the top of any list. In her highest profile films to date, Haywire and Fast & Furious 6, Carano wasn’t asked to do more than be a physical force. Carrying such a significant role may be too much to ask of a still novice actress.
Gal Gadot – She’s no stranger to physical roles as another Fast and Furious almuni. Gadot is undeniably beautiful, but her slender frame doesn’t scream most powerful woman in the world to me. She would certainly play up Wonder Woman’s more diverse background. She is supposed to be Greek after all. If Warner Bros. is hoping to really expand their DC Comics universe, Gadot would easily be my top choice to play Wonder Woman’s ‘sister’ and Teen Titan mainstay Donna Troy.
Elodie Yung – One of the more surprising candidates. Yung was last seen swinging off mountains battling ninjas in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. The biggest thing working against her is her height. At 5’7″ she’d be looking up at Ben Affleck (6’3″) and Henry Cavill (6’1″) unless she uses some high red go-go boots.
Olga Kurylenko – This is probably the most surprising candidate and it’s been rumored that Kurylenko has screen tested for the role. Whether that aids the Oblivion star’s case is yet to be decided. I’m sure she could do the job, but I’m just not seeing her as Wonder Woman.
Alexandra Daddario – She’s someone another reader suggested. I hadn’t seen her in the Percy Jackson films, but she definitely has the look to pull off Diana as well as anyone else on the list.
So now it’s your turn. You’re a casting director. Who are you choosing to play Wonder Woman in your movie?