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Wonder Woman and Justice League Trailers Debut at Comic-Con, and Both Look Cool!

July 23, 2016

Today was Warner Bros.’ movie panel at San Diego Comic-Con, and that video right above this text is the first Wonder Woman trailer. Can we just take a second to appreciate that this finally exists? I mean, dang, it’s been decades of development to get here. We’ve seen a million different Batmans and Spider-Mans and Supermans and now we’ve finally got Wonder Woman on the big screen in her own film. It’s so overdue, but exciting nonetheless.

And, thank the goddesses, it’s pretty fun. This is a trailer in which Wonder Woman infiltrates a fancy party with a sword hidden in the back of her dress. I am SO on board for that. Plus, all of the elements are there. Amazons on a hidden island, a crashed Steve Trevor, a bad ass Diana whooping all kind of dudes, even friggin’ Etta Candy. This is a legit Wonder Woman.

Plus the action looks ridiculously fun. I still don’t love that Wonder Woman has a sword all the dang time, hilarious party subterfuge aside, but the fights here look super rad. And the lasso glows! It also glowed for the 12 seconds she used it in Batman v Superman, and it looked cool there so I’m glad they’re continuing it here. It’s kind of awesome.

We’ve also got a properly mystical and magical Paradise Island, which is key. It’s otherworldly, to be sure. And “They do not deserve you” is my favourite line in the whole trailer. I am all about a Hippolyta who loves her daughter fiercely and has some qualms about sending her out into the barbaric world of men. So often we see that mother/daughter relationship portrayed poorly, and the hints of it we see in this trailer really hit the mark for me.

Also, Steve Trevor is kind of endearing, which is a pleasant surprise. Steve is so often boring, but casting Chris Pine was a smart move. I suppose your enjoyment of Steve will depend on your enjoyment of Pine, but I’ve found his handsome snarkiness enjoyable over the years. He comes off as a good man in the trailer, and that’s all he needs to be really. Then at the end we get Etta Candy! Instantly taking a shine to Diana, like Etta always should. That final scene is a delight.

However, it’s a British Etta Candy during World War One, and that still feels weird to me. It’s a good trailer and I’m cautiously optimistic about the movie, but this is not a Wonder Woman that has ever existed before. Her classic origin is rooted in World War Two, and her successive incarnations have only updated her origin to a more modern setting. There’s never been a Diana in 1910s England, or a British Etta, or Amazons fighting the Kaiser’s troops. It’s Wonder Woman, but it’s not quite Wonder Woman for me. Yet. The change may well grow on me once I see the film. But I still feel a slight disconnect about the change in setting and time, and the ripples that causes in the mythos.

Also, as I’ve mentioned several times, situating Wonder Woman so far in the past may limit her relevance. It’s easy to make Wonder Woman look cool and feminist against sexists dudes from a century past, and to poke holes in the inequality of those days; this is a world where women couldn’t even vote yet! But we’re dealing with 2016 sexism these days, and lots of it. Pitting  Wonder Woman versus straw men ideologies everyone today agrees was bad is weak sauce. Wonder Woman should be confronting the issues that face women today.

Still, Gal Gadot is a GREAT Wonder Woman, and she’s amazing in this trailer. She captures the character so well, and I love the strength and regality and power she brings to the role. Patty Jenkins looks to have a good handle on Wonder Woman as well, and on a big action film. Everything felt like Wonder Woman, to a certain extent, and it was all suitably epic and action packed and exciting. They seem to be an excellent team.

I still have no idea what this movie is about, other than that it’s Wonder Woman’s origin. The bad guys appear to be Danny Huston and maybe that gal in the mask, but I have no idea who they are or what their objective is. Or what the plot is more broadly. It clearly involves the first world war, and it seems that the Amazons are going to get dragged into it, but this was more a teaser than anything overly specific in terms of plot.

It’s a dang good looking teaser, though, and I’m excited to learn more. I still have little to no faith whatsoever in DC’s cinematic universe after Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, and there are choices here with Wonder Woman that I’m not yet sold on. But the trailer looks very cool, and has definitely increased my optimism about the film as a whole.

And here’s something even crazier: We got a Justice League trailer as well, and it actually doesn’t look terrible:

Zack Snyder and company seem to have learned from the poor reception of Batman v Superman, and have actually given this film some humour and fun. The Flash seems poised to steal the movie, though bad ass Aquaman is clearly going to be a fan favourite as well. Wonder Woman doesn’t get a lot to do, but the tone in general is light and pleasant, even with an alien menace on the horizon. Affleck’s Batman seems like less of a psychotic jerk, and the trailer as a whole feels more like a DC property than anything the studio’s put out over the past decade or so. I am so pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it. If they can figure out how to turn this franchise around from its bleak dourness, so one will be happier than me.

So HOORAY we’ve got a Wonder Woman trailer and DOUBLE HOORAY it doesn’t suck! Fingers crossed that they can pull off something cool here and reset the board for a more enjoyable universe with this and Justice League. These trailers are an excellent start.

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Wonder Woman Footage From Last Night’s “Dawn of the Justice League” Special

January 20, 2016

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The CW aired a look at DC’s upcoming movie slate last night, hosted by Kevin Smith because for some reason Warner Bros. thinks that Kevin Smith is someone that people want to listen to? I don’t know what was up with that. We got more footage from each of this year’s new releases; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still looks pretty dumb and Suicide Squad still looks intriguing. I’d be far more interested in the latter than the former, if Wonder Woman wasn’t in the former, looking so dang cool.

Speaking of which, they showed a few seconds of Wonder Woman footage from the upcoming film currently shooting in England! And it looked pretty good, too. Here’s the full clip of their Wonder Woman segment:

And here are most of the key moments in GIF mode:

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There weren’t a ton of details in the footage, but it all looked cool. I thought that the foggy, wooded scenes were maybe Themyscira, but I’m pretty sure it’s just England, given the dudes in the mix on the horses. Plus, they JUST cast Hippolyta, so I doubt they’ve even shot any Themyscira scenes yet. There’s a fight scene with some soldiers that was very fun, and Diana is classy and fun in her old school garb and glasses. Gal Gadot really does look great as Wonder Woman all around. All of the snippets of footage we’ve seen of her in Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman have been fantastic.

We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.

On the Amazons, Geoff Johns explained that:

The Amazons were once created to protect man’s world but they since abandoned it, and Diana is asking constantly, “Why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man?” and they say, “Because they’re not worth it.” And this takes her on a journey into our world.

Which I have mixed feelings about. The “created to protect man’s world” thing isn’t something we haven’t seen a lot. It was sort of an angle in the George Perez era in the 80s, but there was more too them then that. And “they’re not worth it” feels overly simplistic; the Amazons always leave the world of men under unpleasant, complicated circumstances. I may be reading too much into a brief and obviously heavily edited snippet, but I don’t think that Johns captured the essence of the Amazons well there.

Johns also doubles down on the martial angle we’ve been seeing with her constant sword wielding:

She’s an Amazon warrior, she’s the best fighter in the DC universe. She has strength and speed and she’s been training her whole life for war.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love an ass kicking Wonder Woman, but there’s so much more to the character than that. Luckily, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins gets it:

The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates any of her power.

High five to Patty Jenkins for GETTING IT. This was the most encouraging bit of the segment for me. I love that the film has someone at the helm who understands that Wonder Woman is more than just a warrior, and that love and kindness are her primary motivations. I feel like that bodes well for the movie.

Also, Chris Pine remains a delight. I didn’t love his casting originally, but he is SO on board with making Wonder Woman the awesome hero he should be. In all of his press lately he seems excited and proud to get to be a part of the film, and in the special he said, “Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important, this story of a very powerful woman.”

Finally, while the segment was pretty vague on plot details for Wonder Woman, I think I caught something that might have showed who the villain is. In a segment where Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns talked about DC villains, they showed artwork of the bad guys, all of them connected to either Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, but there was also this brief image:

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That’s Ares, the God of War, as drawn by George Perez. And Wonder Woman, of course. Since everyone else they showed is connected to a movie in some way, presumably Ares is going to play a part in Wonder Woman. Which makes sense, given the World War One setting; it’s an environment ideal for a God of War.

Overall, everything I saw has me cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman! I still think that the World War One setting is weird, and I don’t love making her the old, wise one instead of someone more modern and identifiable for audiences, specifically young girls, but nonetheless it’s a new angle for the character that could prove interesting. Gal Gadot looks the part, the brief action was cool, and Patty Jenkins seems like a great choice to direct the project. I’m still shocked and delighted that this is actually happening, and all of the clips from the special have me excited for what’s to come.

See a Sneak Peek of the Wonder Woman Movie Tonight on The CW’s Dawn of the Justice League Special

January 19, 2016

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Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman film is currently shooting in England, and we’ve been getting lots of fun, World War One era set photos with Gal Gadot and Chris Pine, including these recent images of Gadot holding Wonder Woman’s sword and shield. All of the pieces are starting to come together, including more casting; Connie Nielsen recently joined the film as Diana’s mother, Queen Hippolyta. The movie is happening for real! After decades of development, I’m still surprised that it’s finally being made.

And we’re going to get a sneak peek of the movie tonight! The CW is airing a special called DC Films Presents: Dawn of the Justice League after The Flash, and while the main focus will be the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, the show is also promising a look at Wonder Woman. I doubt it will be much, since the film is still fairly early in the shooting process, but it will be something. I’m anticipating we’ll get a look at some of the World War One era bits we’ve been seeing pictures of, but what I’d really love to see is a peek at Paradise Island or something similarly mythological and cool. Whatever we get, it will be very fun to see something so early.

The special is set to air at 9:30 Eastern, 8:30 Central (or 10:30, if you’re in Atlantic Canada like me!), which poses one big difficulty: the season premiere of Agent Carter is on at the same time! It’s quite a conundrum, but that’s what DVRs are for. Between Agent Carter, The Flash, and a look at Wonder Woman, it’s going to be an awesome evening all around.

If we get a look at anything worth commenting on, I’ll post a recap of the special tomorrow and screen caps if I can get them. Maybe they’ll announce who everyone is playing? Maybe they’ll reveal the film’s villain? Maybe it’ll be four seconds of grainy footage? We’ll find out tonight!

Set Photos Appear to Confirm First World War Setting for the Wonder Woman Movie

November 30, 2015

The rumour that Wonder Woman will be partially set during World War One has been making the rounds for a while and with the movie now filming, some set photos seem to confirm this. The Wonder Woman crew was in Southend, Essex, recently, shooting along the Thames with scores of extras, and everything looks very old timey. The vibe is very 1910s rather than 1930s/40s. It looks like director Patty Jenkins is taking Wonder Woman back even before her original comic book origin.

Here are a few of the set photos, featuring Gal Gadot in civilian clothing rather than her Wonder Woman outfit (and a modern jacket, because presumably it was chilly that day) and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor looking very turn out the century-like. I’ve posted three here, but The Daily Mail has many more, most of them variations of these:

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So, World War One. It’s kind of weird, because it’s not part of the character’s history in the slightest. It seems like they’re going for a wise immortal angle with the cinematic Wonder Woman; she’ll be far older than Batman or Superman in the present day, by at least a century if not more. That will give her a certain weight and importance, which is kind of cool, and I’m hoping they play that up in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and she’s the one who comes in to break up the bro spat.

At the same time, I think it could also be a misstep. It could all play out beautifully, of course, but I think for DC’s first major cinematic hero, something more identifiable might be better. I feel like a younger, new-to-the-scene Wonder Woman might better catch on with viewers, particularly kids, than an immortal who’s been around for ages. Wise, immortal Wonder Woman sounds sort of serious, while a fresher take on the character could be more fun. It could work like gangbusters, though. There’s no use second guessing until we see how it turns out.

My best guess about why Wonder Woman is in World War One specifically is that Marvel already cornered the market on World War Two with Captain America: The First Avenger. World War Two is the scene of Wonder Woman’s classic origin; much like Cap, Wonder Woman was going after Hitler before America entered the war, too. But with Captain America so steeped in that environment, DC probably didn’t want to look like copycats so they bumped Wonder Woman’s origins back a war. Plus, that plays into the whole established immortal scene, if that’s what they’re going for, because now she’s even older.

Filming of Wonder Woman continues in England, and probably will for some time. The rumours were that the film is only partially set in the past, so let’s keep our eyes peeled for some present day set photos, and Paradise Island, of course. I’m particularly curious about the latter.

The Wonder Woman Movie Cast Was Just Announced, So Let’s Speculate

November 21, 2015

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Now it’s REALLY official. We got some leaked pictures from the set of Wonder Woman a few days back thanks to Saïd Taghmaoui, but now Warner Bros. has put out the official press release for the film that unveils the cast and the fact that it is now shooting. The press release also came with this new photo of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, shown above. I still really don’t like that tiara, and the whole image is a little gloomy, but who cares? They’re making a Wonder Woman movie!

Let’s run through the announced cast, and speculate on who they’re playing because the press release doesn’t give us much information. They tell us that Chris Pine is playing Steve Trevor, which we all knew anyway, but Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor are the only ones attached to characters so far. So it’s time to speculate! First up, Robin Wright:

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Robin Wright is an acclaimed actress best known for The Princess Bride and, more recently, House of Cards. My best guess is that she’s playing the role Nicole Kidman was rumoured for, which was supposedly an Amazon warrior. But since that rumour wasn’t correct, maybe the part is off too. Wright might be playing Queen Hippolyta, or perhaps a goddess, though she could be a fun Circe, too; Circe’s come up in a lot of rumours surrounding the film so far.

Next up, Danny Huston:

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Danny Huston’s been in all sorts of things, including another superhero franchise with X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and films like 21 Grams and Children of Men. I’m guessing he’s playing Ares, the role Sean Bean was reportedly up for, though again that rumour didn’t pan out either. This is why I keep saying don’t listen to rumours! I could also see Huston as Zeus. Or maybe a military guy, like Steve Trevor’s boss or something.

Also in the film, David Thewlis:

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It’s Lupin from Harry Potter! Thewlis has also been in films like The Theory of Everything and Kingdom of Heaven. He could make for an interesting Ares, or perhaps a Hermes, depending on how many deities are in play.

Next, Ewen Bremner:

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Bremner’s known for films like Trainspotting and Snowpiercer. He tends to look a bit sketchy, so I could see him in a bad guy role, but since plot details are so tightly under wraps it’s hard to know who might be involved.

And now our favourite photographer, Saïd Taghmaoui:

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Taghmauoi has been in movies like American Hustle and The Kite Runner. Based on the photo he put out, he looks to be playing an old school gentlemanly sort, though I suppose he might be a god in disguise or some such.   A French language interview with Taghmaoui sort of sounds like he’s playing a superhero, but that’s through Google Translate so don’t put a ton of stock in that.

Finally onto another lady, Elena Anaya:

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Anaya is a Spanish actress probably best known to English speaking audiences for her role in Van Helsing. She could be playing Circe, instead of the rumoured Eva Green, yet another scoop that didn’t pan out. She could also be a goddess or an Amazon; given that she’s a slightly exotic choice, I don’t see her as a random American or some such.

And now the last cast member announced, Lucy Davis:

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Davis is a British actress famous for Shaun of the Dead and the original, British version of The Office. She’s quite funny, so perhaps she’s playing a version of Etta Candy, either a distant relative in the past or her current incarnation; the movie is rumoured to cover different time periods. If Wonder Woman spends any time in the UK, perhaps Davis will be a friend of some sort, or she could just be an Amazon. “Amazon” is a fair guess for any woman involved, really.

So that’s all we know so far, casting-wise. A bunch of names of people who will definitely be in the movie, but only speculation about who they may be playing. It’s an interesting cast, with a lot of solid character actors though not many big names. Hopefully more details will come out soon; knowing the characters will give us a bit of an idea about the plot.

Here’s the full press release for Wonder Woman, with all of the cast listed and a lot of behind the scenes folks as well:

BURBANK, Calif.— Principal photography is underway on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Wonder Woman feature film, the highly anticipated action adventure from director Patty Jenkins (“Monster,” AMC’s “The Killing”), starring Gal Gadot (the “Fast & Furious” movies) in the role of Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. The character will make her big screen debut this spring in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but the new film will mark her first time headlining a feature.

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”).

The film is being produced by Charles Roven, Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder, with Richard Suckle, Stephen Jones, Wesley Coller, Geoff Johns and Rebecca Roven serving as executive producers.

Joining Jenkins behind the camera are director of photography Matthew Jensen (“Chronicle,” “Fantastic Four,” HBO’s “Game of Thrones”), Oscar-nominated production designer Aline Bonetto (“Amélie,” “A Very Long Engagement,” “Pan”), and Oscar-winning editor Martin Walsh (“Chicago,” “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” “V for Vendetta”), and Oscar-winning costume designer Lindy Hemming (“The Dark Knight” trilogy, “Topsy-Turvy”).

Principal photography will take place on location in the UK, France and Italy.

Set to open in 2017, the Wonder Woman feature film is based on characters created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

First Set Photos From Wonder Woman Movie Emerge OR It’s Really Happening!

November 16, 2015

Warner Bros. has teased Wonder Woman fans with a possible movie for well over a decade now, with various projects ramping up and then falling apart. It’s been a tough run. We’ve had multiple Supermans, Batmans, and Spider-Mans, but no Wonder Woman. Now, while Wonder Woman’s going to be in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and her own movie has been in development, Wonder Woman fans are cautious. We’ve been down this road before. But now it’s unofficially official: A Wonder Woman movie is shooting, for real! Actor Saïd Taghmaoui posted a couple of photos from the set on his Instagram account before quickly deleting them, proving that the film is underway.

One was a shot of the actors’ chairs with their names on them:

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Gal Gadot is starring as Wonder Woman, of course, Chris Pine is reportedly playing Steve Trevor, and Saïd Taghmaoui’s part is unknown (though in a French language interview he apparently mentioned that he was playing a superhero, but take that news with a grain of Google Translate salt).

Taghmaoui also posted a photo of himself and Chris Pine in old timey garb:

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This may confirm the rumour that part of the movie will take place during World War One. The costumes certainly suggest that era. World War Two would be the more logical fit for Wonder Woman, seeing as that’s when she was actually created and her first origin very much ties in with it, but those clothes seem to be from an earlier era.

Further confirming the news that shooting of Wonder Woman is now underway, on November 10, DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns tweeted “It’s THE DAY!” to director Patty Jenkins. Given the subsequent photo leak, I think we can safely assume what day Johns was referring to.

So the Wonder Woman movie is definitely happening! Pre-production is one thing; we’ve been there before. But this is actual shooting, with costumes and name chairs and everything that makes it a real film. It’s all very exciting. Here’s hoping it’s decent! Warner Bros. totally blew my trust that they can make good superhero films with Man of Steel, and Batman v Superman looks to be similarly dark and dreary, but Wonder Woman has the potential to be its own thing and take a new, hopefully more fun and colourful, tack. I’m guessing we’ve got a while to go yet before we see anything official; the movie’s not out until June 23, 2017. But it’s coming!

Nicole Kidman Reportedly In Talks To Join The Wonder Woman Movie

November 3, 2015

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There was big news on the Hollywood front yesterday with the rumour that Nicole Kidman is in talks to join Patty Jenkins’ upcoming Wonder Woman film alongside Gal Gadot. The Wrap broke the story and while details of her role are vague at best, they’re describing her potential part as “a high-ranking Amazonian warrior.” Everyone seems to be making the logical jump that Kidman would play Hippolyta, Wonder Woman’s mother and the queen of the Amazons. I mean, you don’t bring in superstar actress Nicole Kidman to play Amazon #3 or some such; if she’s gonna be in the movie, she’s going to have a significant role. Of course, we know next to nothing about this movie, so maybe Kidman will be playing someone completely new yet important. But Hippolyta seems to be the best guess.

My reaction is mixed. I’m not a huge Kidman fan, and I much prefer her as a villain than a good guy. I remember back when they were making the first Narnia movie and there were rumours that Kidman was going to play the White Witch and I thought that was perfect, brilliant casting (it didn’t work out, of course). She’s just got that quality, not in a bad way, that captures a sort of cold regality so well. I’m concerned she would bring that to Hippolyta, simply because I like warm, friendly Amazons, not fancy, regal ones. And Kidman doesn’t exactly strike me as a warrior queen.

The casting of a blonde Hippolyta would make a certain amount of sense. While originally a brunette in the Golden Age, Hippolyta was blonde from the Silver Age until the George Perez relaunch in 1987, and is blonde again, though dead, in the current DC Comics universe. There have been rumours that the Wonder Woman film is drawing a lot from her current incarnation, specifically the Azzarello/Chiang run, so a blonde Hippolyta would match that. If she’s even playing Hippolyta, and if she even agrees to join the film. So many things remain up in the air!

The only other officially on board cast at this point is Chris Pine, who has confirmed he’s in the movie. I’m not sure it’s been confirmed that he’s playing Steve Trevor, but that’s the most obvious assumption. There were also rumours a while back that Sean Bean was being considered for Ares and Eva Green was up for Circe, but there’s been no confirmation of any kind there either. I love both of those castings wholeheartedly, should they turn out to be true. Sean Bean is Boromir AND Ned Stark, so I will love him forever, and Eva Green is lovely yet witchy and evil when she needs to be and I think she’d make a great Circe.

So what new things do we now know officially? Nothing at all. But Nicole Kidman MIGHT be in Wonder Woman, which is interesting. Landing a big name would be a good get for the film. Personally, I’m hoping she’s playing Dr. Chase Meridian again and Wonder Woman is actually a tie-in to the Batman Forever universe and not the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice universe. That would be a lot more fun. Anyway, maybe Warner Bros. will finally tell us something official about this movie someday. If not, we’ll find out who’s playing who and what the story is when Wonder Woman hits the big screen on June 23, 2017.


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