Posted on Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 by Russ Fischer
While superhero films have become dominant at the box office in the past decade, there still hasn’t been one that successfully brought a major female hero to the screen. There have been a couple big attempts, such as Elektra and Catwoman, but perhaps thanks to the failures of both those efforts, no studio seems willing to risk a load of cash on a solo film for a female character. Just witness Kevin Feige’s reponse to interest in a solo female Marvel character over this past weekend.
And what of Wonder Woman, at DC? The character has been the focus of feature development efforts for years, and would have been part of George Miller’s Justice League, had that come to fruition. There have been multiple efforts to create a new TV series for Wonder Woman, too, the most notable of which was scuttled after a pilot shoot.
Lately, there has been suspicion that Wonder Woman will end up in Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel, Batman Vs Superman. As if introducing a new Batman (Ben Affleck) wasn’t enough, and having to get Superman and Bats together, there are those wondering how Wonder Woman could fit in. And yet the policy of late seems to be to introduce a female hero in one film anchored by male heroes, and then perhaps spin her off into a standalone title.
So what does Warner Bros. have to say about that?
At the Variety Entertainment and Tech Summit, a Variety reporter asked Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’s president of creative development and worldwide production, about the chance that Wonder Woman would show up in Batman Vs. Superman. He said,
We have been doing a lot of thinking for years about how to best use all those characters and we love them. Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it’s a great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero.
So, nothing firm there. Pressed with a question about Wonder Woman getting either a standalone movie or being worked into Snyder’s movie, Silverman said,
We are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters and maximizes the stories as best they can. So everything that has been speculated are things that we’ve thought about.
Nothing serious there, either. Granted, at this point, it wouldn’t be too late to announce an actress being cast as Diana or Wonder Woman, and a thing like a tech summit isn’t really the place to announce something like Wonder Woman’s first major appearance in a feature film. And there are plenty of films that try to shoehorn in one or more two characters than a film really has room to accommodate, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if DC and WB take that approach with Wonder Woman.