First Batfleck, Now Wonder Woman?

gal-gadot-fast-and-furiousDC Comics is letting its recent success with Man of Steel go to its head. It was reported today that actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.

On the surface, this doesn’t sound like a bad idea. Gal Gadot, though not a big name, more than looks the part. I’d go out a limb to say that she is the best fit for Wonder Woman that we’ve seen in a long time. And in a film about Superman facing Batman, you might want to throw in some sex appeal to break up the flood of testosterone.

But the best part about Man of Steel was that it was simply a modern twist on the classic Superman story. No huge deviations. No insane plot twists. Just the story we’ve come to know so well with solid acting and impeccable special effects. Now it sounds like DC Comics is just chomping at the bit to skip the small steps and get to the Justice League.

These are just rumors, but aside from “Batfleck” and “Wonder Gal” (nickname is a work in progress), sources claim that Nightwing (Batman’s former sidekick Robin all growed up) and The Flash will be along for the ride too.

I understand that Marvel has been killing it for years and DC has had to jealously watch from the sidelines, but, I just want to tell them, “Don’t take one movie’s success as your opportunity to get the whole Justice League together! Durrr.”

Marvel has done so well because they took the time to build a universe. We all knew that The Avengers was the end game, but just think about how many movies came out before it hit the big screen.

It has been heavily reported that DC is making big moves to more or less copy what Marvel has done by creating more films from its stable of titles, though notably going for more second tier titles and smaller budgets. Problem with that method is that most of these movies thrive based on name recognition, something DC is lacking outside of its main titans. Though Marvel has faced the same problem, they knew that it could be overcome by establishing the films with the big name characters first and then creating the off-shoots. So, while some studio exec might think that the skimp-and-spend method is the way to go, common sense would tell another story.

Now when it comes to comics, I definitely fall more on the Marvel side of things, so I’m doing my best to be objective. But, I think introducing such big names this quickly is more out of desperation than anything else. Finally, something outside of the Batman property has been successful in Man of Steel. DC has produced a movie that seems to lend itself to growing its universe. So in response,they just throw everything they’ve got into the mix and hope that something polls well with moviegoers? This does not a sound strategy make.

I could be wrong about this. It could be brilliant. This could be their effort to lock down actors contractually for the long haul. Maybe they will all be “blink and miss it” cameos.┬áThe story could set the stage for something big.

Though, something tells me that the objective with all of this hype is something wholly different. I think DC is getting just what they wanted with this announcement: publicity.

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Daren W. Jackson

Daren is one half of the Water Cooler Convos team. He's a writer, music connoisseur, and comic book geek who spends his free time working on his novel and other short stories.