Are Kurylenko, Gadot & Yung Testing For Wonder Woman?

James Marsh, Asian Editor
Variety is reporting that its sources claim Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) are all currently testing for a role in Warner Bros' upcoming Batman-Superman film, and the role is most likely that of Princess Diana of Themyscira aka Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman.

Right now the studio is remaining tight-lipped on exactly what the role will be, but with the casting call going out for a "tall, brunette, athletic and exotic" female, all the signs are pointing to Wonder Woman finally making her big screen debut in the current DC Comics universe. Apparently recent rumours that Thor's Jamie Alexander might also be in the running have been ruled out due to her ongoing Marvel commitments.

If these are the three contenders, my money is on Olga Kurylenko all the way. Sure, Gal Gadot made a hell of an impression in the F&F movies, but there's something waifish about her that just doesn't say "Amazon" to me, and frankly Yung has made little impression to-date. Kurylenko, meanwhile, has been confidently kicking arse on screen ever since taking the titular role in Israeli Nikita-esque thriller The Assassin Next Door back in 2009, proving she can more than hold her own as an action lead. She has the perfect balance of looks, athleticism and acting chops to really make something substantial of the role. Which brings me to my one concern...

While I am thrilled that Hollywood finally has the balls to put Wonder Woman on the screen (if that is in fact what is happening), I am less than enthused by the fact it will be Zack Snyder who is responsible for her debut. You only need to look at Sucker Punch to see how juvenile and lurid his take on the action heroine is - little more than an adolescent objectification that could wind up doing more harm than good to the character. 

In the wake of films like The Hunger Games, there is an ever-growing audience in the target demographic willing to accept a gung-ho female protagonist in a tentpole action thriller, who needn't be tits & guns first, intellect and ability second (cough - Lara Croft - cough), and it's about time DC and Warner Bros put a little faith behind their property and did the same for one of their most iconic characters. The sooner they greenlight a standalone Wonder Woman film, with Kathryn Bigelow at the helm, the sooner any hope of a successful Justice League movie can become a reality, and female superheroes can finally get their due.


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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Variety is reporting that its sources claim Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6), Elodie Yung (G.I. Joe: Retaliation) and Olga Kurylenko (Oblivion) are all currently testing for a role in Warner Bros' upcoming Batman-Superman film, and the role is most likely that of Princess Diana of Themyscira aka Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman."

    Oh yeah......great names, personally I would have loved Jennifer Connelly doing Wonder Woman, she has does deep blue eyes like that pic you posted Mr Marsh.

    "Sure, Gal Gadot made a hell of an impression in the F&F movies, but there's something waifish about her that just doesn't say "Amazon" to me,"

    Maybe, but I think Gadot could do a great job here.

    "Kurylenko, meanwhile, has been confidently kicking arse on screen"

    I won´t argue with you there.......just look at Kurylenko in Centurion(2010), vicious I tell ya.

    "I am less than enthused by the fact it will be Zack Snyder who is responsible for her debut. You only need to look at Sucker Punch to see how juvenile and lurid his take on the action heroine is - little more than an adolescent objectification that could wind up doing more harm than good to the character."

    Yeah, but if Snyder gets a good script that explores the character fully, I don´t think we have to worry.

    Besides, Sucker Punch(2011) was a bit bland (some female critics in Sweden saw a feminist subtext in this film, don´t ask how that happened) storywise for me but it had some good performances by Abbie Cornish and the rest of the cast.

    Meaning, Cornish(and the rest of the cast) did find some layers in an otherwise bland film.

    "The sooner they greenlight a standalone Wonder Woman film, with Kathryn Bigelow at the helm, the sooner any hope of a successful Justice League movie can become a reality, and female superheroes can finally get their due."

    You could be right about that....why hasn´t Kathryn Bigelow directed a superhero film yet?
    Thanks Mr Marsh.

  • noodels2


    Gina Carano

  • highly_suspicious

    Rosario Dawson. Just sayin.

  • noodels2

    all way too skinny

  • Marcel Samson

    Exactly. I adore Kurylenko but no way she's a wonder woman.

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