A flurry of Wonder Woman film news surfaced this week, starting with some screen test stills of Megan Gale from the now canceled George Miller project Justice League Mortal.
We also got the first official image of the currently filming Wonder Woman film from Gal Gadot herself, via social media.
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) November 21, 2015
The almost back-to-back nature of Gale and Gadot’s photos being made available online has prompted some truly eye-roll inducing “Who Wore It Better?” style discourse online that, while expected, is still deeply disappointing. We’re seeing the same style of discussion when it comes to Marvel’s Jessica Jones and Supergirl at the moment; this idea that there is only room enough for one woman in the role of a hero. I think it goes without me saying that that’s bullshit, but I’m going to say it anyway: That’s bullshit. While the Gale/Miller project might be canceled, and while it may be fun to speculate for what might have been, it’s important to remember that Gale and Gadot are not in competition with one another.
Anyway, moving on.
A slew of new official details about the current Wonder Woman film have been released by Warner Bros, including an official logo and updated cast list:
The film also stars Chris Pine (the “Star Trek” films) as Captain Steve Trevor, Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” Netflix’s “House of Cards”), Danny Huston (“Clash of the Titans,” “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), David Thewlis (the “Harry Potter” films, “The Theory of Everything”), Ewen Bremner (“Exodus: Gods and Kings,” “Snowpiercer”), Saïd Taghmaoui (“American Hustle”), Elena Anaya (“The Skin I Live In”) and Lucy Davis (“Shaun of the Dead”).
(via Hit Fix)
So, it looks like the rumors of Nicole Kidman’s involvement were untrue and we might actually be seeing Robin Wright step into the shoes of Queen Hippolyta.
The official release date of the film has been confirmed as June 23rd, 2017.
Now, in other Wonder Woman related news: Gwyneth Paltrow and Valentino have debuted a “Wonder Woman inspired” high fashion collection of twenty five items. The collection’s price tags range from $250 to $10,500 USD, which may be unsurprising with names like that attached, but is pretty cringe-worthy given Paltrow’s comments about the inspiration for the collection.
“To me, it’s a fantastic and resonant idea, because everybody is working, having kids, trying not to miss a soccer game while at the same time being on a conference call. The modern woman is a wonder woman.” (Via HauteLiving)
I don’t know about you, but I don’t know many working mothers who find themselves with several thousand dollars to spare on new clothes. The entire premise of the collection rings as deeply out of touch, ironic, and supremely uncomfortable — all descriptors I would rather not associate with Diana.
And finally, the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow has been given a premier date (January 26, 2016) and a full trailer.
I’ve been feeling a little tentative about the show and how it was going to keep from “overcrowding” the current TV universe but this trailer’s helped assuage some of that concern. Here’s hoping it lives up to it’s promise of a rag-tag band of heroes basically Quantum Leap‘ing through the timeline getting into all sorts of wacky misadventures. That, and the more I see Ciara Renee’s Hawkgirl, the more excited I get.
And finally, a quick ICYMI:
The Mary Sue posted an interesting rumor about the potential for a Birds of Prey movie. It’s still obviously and extremely just a rumor, but it’s basis is the potential inclusion of Black Canary in an upcoming Justice League movie which is something that I’m definitely hoping for.
Next week marks the start of my most anticipated event in comics, Robin War. Don’t let the terrible, confusing tagline (“In war, boys die easier than men”? I mean, what? Honestly, who wrote that? Who approved that?) put you off. I have some really high hopes.