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Warner Bros. Addresses Rumors About Wonder Woman in ‘Batman Vs. Superman’

wonder woman602 For all the talk about Batman vs. Superman the details of director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel remain largely a mystery. Heck, we can’t even say for sure whether that’s the title of the film that will pit Henry Cavill’s Superman against Ben Affleck’s Batman.

When it comes to highly scrutinized blockbusters like this, silence tends to breed rumors, and one of the fastest-spreading ones is whether other heroes like Wonder Woman will show up in the 2015 release.

Warner Bros. executive Greg Silverman broke the studio’s silence Monday during the the Variety Entertainment & Tech Summit, telling Variety, “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.”

When asked whether that meant Wonder Woman would get her own movie or appear in this one, he responded vaguely. “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,” said Silverman, the studio’s president of creative development and worldwide production. “So everything that has been speculated are things that we’ve thought about.”

Later, Silverman talked about the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, a controversial choice among fans. “We knew going in that we had more information than the general public had,” he said. “We knew what the take of the movie was, we knew what the character was going to be. We don’t take these decisions lightly. We thought about everybody — brand-new people, established people. Ben is the perfect guy to play this role.”

One of the key statements here is that Warner Bros. has what it thinks is a solid plan for Batman vs. Superman, which, as screenwriter David S. Goyer teased last month, is “a bit further along than I think people realize.” For evidence, look no further than the football scenes shot over the weekend in Los Angeles.

The film opens July 17, 2015.

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Comments

  • Caz

    *shrug* I wouldn’t mind either way. I think they do need to get her introduced soon though.

  • mike payton

    I heard the heroic female casting call that lead to this rumor wasn’t Diana at all. It’s Barbara Gordon.

  • Crimsonrain

    Doesn’t matter….whoever they cast for Wonder Woman going to be treated by the fans the same way that Ben Affleck was. I actually already feel sorry for the woman they get to play the part.

  • Veronica Cristina

    I dont think it will be the same way, I think it will be worse.

  • Shallbecomeabat

    I hope they leave her out of this. Anyhing that steals screentime from Bruce Clark and their cast is too much. I want them to really have time to introduce those two to each other. Its a huge deal and they should honor that.

  • ArchieLeach

    Bringing in Wonder Woman could be a good bridge to bringing in Darkseid and bringing n magic or something like that would even the playing field for Bats and Supes a little.

  • ArchieLeach

    Dude it’s worse for women. Have you seen the stuff people still say about Anna Paquin?

  • demoncat_4

    in other words one has to go see it and see if wonder woman pops up or not. though still would love warner’s to finaly stop having cold feet and give wonder woman her own long over due movie.

  • DaveACIM

    if only there was real hope for this project, which should be super exciting, if not for the mess that was MOS–WHY, comic gods, does Zack Snyder have to be directing this???

  • batGRRRl4ever

    Ooooooooh, do tell!

  • spyridus

    “trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters” Seriously? They talk about being respectful to the characters and yet they cast Ben Affleck?????? One of the worst actors of our time!!

  • ElWaldorf

    Well you keep talking about the future, Marvel will just keep rolling out films left and right. I still believe we will get a Captain Marvel film (Carol Danvers) before we see Wonder Woman.

  • DarthTigris

    I think so and hope so too. I’ll be confounded if a Dr. Strange movie comes out before we get Captain Marvel and Black Panther …

  • sowat

    Just my opinion, But if it’s a Batman/Superman movie, I want to see Batman and Superman.

    Leave Wonder Woman for a sequel. Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman. I picked up a Batman/Superman comic and once I saw more Wonder Woman than Batman, I put it back.

    Don’t get me wrong… Wonder Woman is an excellent character that I’m not sure why she’s so hard for many to grasp. Some say she can’t carry her own movie…world’s most popular female comic character? Of course she can, it’s probably just not a Hollywood person who should write it.

  • Conner Garry Sennett

    Maybe she was just being featured in that specific issue?

  • ElWaldorf

    Maybe, but I also wouldn’t be surprised either. With Scarlet Witch in the next Avengers film and rumors Agent Culson was brought back by magic, you have to think they want to dabble in the magic part of Marvel U soon.

  • Medusa1893

    I’m game. They need a sturdy woman in
    the role, not a tiny “Hollywood” figure: an Amazonian one. There are plenty
    of Amazonian actresses to choose from. As long as Wonder Woman’s put in a
    costume inspired by her iconic incarnations (and not the New 52’sdull,
    murderous, Olympian-drama driven, Herakles in drag version that caused nearly
    all of her long-time fans to drop her series who’s in that dull, Nazi looking
    (as some fans not myself personally describe it) emo costume that most of her
    fans hate) I don’t truly care who gets cast if they look the part and can act. No
    doubt the actress will see a lot of hate at first. Wonder Woman’s only had one
    true live-action incarnation (Lynda Carter) who set the bar extremely high.

    The actress will have to prove herself
    and that’s okay! Done right the new Wonder Woman will be amazing! Let’s just
    hope its iconic Wonder Woman with the clay birth, traditional origin, a
    gold-breasted costume, and the iconic powers. If the New 52 version got on
    screen THAT’s when fans and critics would destroy the film. We want Wonder
    Woman in a film not a rip off of Xena, God of War, Red Sonja, the Adventures of
    Herakles, and Clash/Wrath of the Titans with the same plot repeating itself for
    three years. We want Diana’s originality and unique mythos.

    The best way to bring Diana to
    Hollywood is to use the runs by George Perez, Phil Jimenez and Greg Ruka as the
    basis for her Silver Screen incarnation. Those are by far the most popular,
    iconic, and best-selling versions of Wonder Woman in the modern age. A live
    action Wonder Woman isn’t hard to do. DC and WB just don’t take her seriously
    and refuse to give her the same respect as Batman and Superman. They’re too
    busy whining how “hard she is” to actually take the time to get her right in
    the comics and on screen. If Batman and Superman hell even Thor and Spider-Man
    can get live action incarnations and done right, Diana certainly can make it on
    the big screen! The right actress, right creative team, right source material,
    and right costume there’s no doubt Wonder Woman would crush the box office!

    That’s all coming from a hardcore and life-long Wonder Woman fan.

  • Medusa1893

    She’s not hard to grasp honestly. She’s just not a bastard of an Olympian affair (until the horrible version in the New 52). She’s also more than a warrior, she’s a diplomat without a secret identity (as of 1987) who blends two worlds (classical Greece and the modern world) into one). DC and WB just lack respect for her that they do with the other two. They’e too busy changing her into Xena/Kratos/Herakles rather then exploring her potential.

    You’re totally right though sowat! Diana should be in a sequel. Why not just make a Trinity movie?
    That’s still one of the most sought after comic series of all time! Save Diana
    for a sequel (and I’m a hardcore Wondie fan). Give the boys their crossover
    movie first, and then step in! ;)

  • Medusa1893

    Marvel’s already pushing for Carol’s film. We will do doubt see her solo film before Diana’s. As a Wonder Woman fan it doesn’t surprise me. The last four years in DC Comics haven’t been good to Diana. So much outrage and controversy as well as low sales DC and WB have labeled her a “red flag” and too difficult to produce a film.

  • BacchusPlateau

    Big WW fan here, too. I thought they screwed up not putting Lucy Lawless in the suit back in the early 90s…she was PERFECT for that role. Not sure who fits the bill: 5’10 or taller, big…endowments, a booty that goes, “bam”, and a perfect face. You are so right about Lynda Carter…really hard to replace her brilliant take on the character. Earnest without being campy is really hard to pull off.

  • Medusa1893

    You’re so right! Lucy would’ve been perfect! I love Diana and I love Xena! Lucy could’ve been both! xD Maybe that’s why the New 52 is ripping off Xena so much… DC’s upset over a miss opportunity. lol! xD

  • Happily LS

    Don’t be ridiculous. Most castings, male or female, are met with either excitement or indifference. Ben Affleck is just a shitty actor. What you heard from the fans was people being pissed off that a shitty actor was cast as Batman.

  • Crimsonrain

    Well…some of us are open to him playing the role. if in the end he does a crappy job I’ll admit it. However I strongly doubt that if a miracle does happen and he does a decent job anyone that has been slamming him will even come close to admitting it.