The reality of my life is that Abraham Lincoln has been depicted as a vampire hunter on film and Wonder Woman won’t grace the silver screen for at least another year, and even then as an also-ran behind Superman and Batman. Any excuse Warner Bros. can generate for not standing behind a WW movie is crap.
Wonder Woman and Friends
Wonder Woman is not Superman with different reproductive parts, nor is she Thor–a stranger in a strange land, thirsting constantly for the glory of battle. Wonder Woman is one of the greatest physical combatants on Earth who believes violence is a last resort. Her greatest power is not her strength and speed; it’s not her Lasso of Submission or her bulletproof bling. Her greatest power is her mercy, compassion and love. She’s fierce and she’s maternal. It would be hard to find someone who embodies all those conflicting attributes if Bridget Regan hadn’t already played essentially the same part in the show Legend of the Seeker.
For Diana’s mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, there really was never any option other than Xena herself, Lucy Lawless.
Colonel Steve Trevor needs to represent masculinity; he is saddled with the responsibility of embodying everything the Amazons would dismiss about men, as well as everything that Diana would find attractive. He’s an alpha male, and in any other context he would be the action hero star of the movie. But this isn’t his story. He plays backup to Wonder Woman. Daniel Sunjata plays a great man’s man who isn’t over the top stupid. He doesn’t have the star power that would overshadow Wonder Woman, but his style and personality makes him watchable so he won’t seem like a wallflower.
Finding a woman in Hollywood who doesn’t look like an anorexic underwear model isn’t easy. There were really only two quality options for Wonder Woman’s fiend, Etta Candy, and of the two, Rebel Wilson was the right age.
As I’ve said before, it’s tough to cast younger characters when you don’t watch a lot of TV or movies starring younger actors. So when it came to find the Wonder Girls Donna Troy and Cassie Sandsmark, I was looking more for girls of an appropriate age, look and what I could sense of their attitude. Anna Popplewell from the Narnia movies seemed to have the right elegance and airiness for a young Donna Troy on the cusp of her New Teen Titans era. Skyler Samuels is younger, wilder, and more American, which strikes me as more fitting for the Young Justice group of teen heroes.