So, you’re about to get a look at my geek side I guess.
I’m not one that usually gets too wrapped up in what my Superhero looks like. Batman for instance… Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and now it seems, Ben Affleck. Some have gotten up in arms about this one or that one.
My argument is, there’s really no major ‘rules’ on what he’s supposed to look like, only that he’s a billionaire. Superman should have dark hair, look completely different with glasses than without. Otherwise, no real rules there either. Thor, long blonde hair… Obviously, I can go on and on really, no major details on how most superheroes should look.
That is, until you get to Wonder Woman. There are pretty specific backgrounds on how she should look. Long dark hair and that of an amazon woman. So therefore tall, athletic, muscular and with some curves. You don’t get a tall athletic build without some curves.
This is where I run into a problem. The new “Batman v. Superman” movie, which got a bunch of buzz going with the naming of Affleck as the Batman, just announced Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Ummm… excuse me??
While she is fairly tall, she has dark hair, she by no means has the physique necessary to pull of a Wonder Woman. She’s rail thin. 5,000 calories a day and hours of weight lifting daily will be needed to make that even somewhat believable!
Unfortunately, this has weighed on me for longer than it ever should have (or more than I thought it ever would). If you were going to pull from the Fast & Furious movies, Jordanna Brewster or Michelle Rodriguez would have been better choices (even though they’re both on the shorter side). They at least have a little muscle mass.
Brooke Shields would be a good option (though some would complain she’s too old), or Kate Beckinsale (she’s done some action movies). My heartthrob Jennifer Lawerence would have done an excellent job of playing Wonder Woman! They’re all tall and athletic! More the amazon woman type.
A coworker of mine, once this became a topic of conversation suggested Cobie Smulders – That could work.
My wife suggested last night, Megan Boone (NBC’s The Blacklist) as we watched the finale. I love that show. And for some reason Megan Boone is one of the most attractive women on television to me, so I would back her as Wonder Woman.
Morena Baccarin (V, and Homeland) would definitely match the look. She has more curves than Gal. And would likely be more believable.
Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif from “Thor”) has a background in the strong, superheroine movie genre. She’d be a fantastic Wonder Woman, though I’m sure Marvel wouldn’t want to share with D.C. Comics one of their own. You know, competition and all…
Perhaps someone from the CrossFit world would do? Camille? Super beautiful, but a little too short. Stacie Tovar? She’d need to dye her hair and wear tall boots to pull it off.
Annie Thorisdottir? She’d have to stick to the Thor Movies. (She is the daughter of Thor afterall)
Elisabeth Akinwale… she’s got everything you need. Let’s just turn the superhero world on it’s head, and have the Lasso of Truth in Akinwale’s hands!
Finally, one of the people that has come to mind for me, that wouldn’t need a lot in terms of gym work. Or even special camera angles to make them seem taller, would have to be Gabrielle Reece. All she’d need is a little hair dye. I don’t know if she’s ever acted before, but she would fit the bill as far as “looks” go.
Unfortunately, I see “Hollywood” going out to find the “ideal” woman. No matter how screwed up that vision is. Women are supposed to be beautiful and they’re supposed to have curves. That’s the way God intended them to be. That’s what William Moulton Marston wanted to create way back in the 1940’s when he created Wonder Woman.
He said in 1943 “Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength, and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as good women are. Women’s strong qualities have become despised because of their weakness. The obvious remedy is to create a feminine character with all the strength of Superman plus all the allure of a good and beautiful woman.” And that was said in 1943!!!
Hollywood has missed the mark on this one. It’s just not believable to me that Gal could kick anyone’s ass, much less be Wonder Woman. Okay, that’s the end of my comic book related socially acceptable norms, stick-figure-model, rant. Just throwing out my own Lasso of Truth on the subject.