4 Ways Wonder Woman Would Make ‘Batman vs. Superman’ a Better Movie

DC's Amazon princess is expected to appear in Batman vs. Superman. Source: DC Entertainment.

Before he took over Marvel's The Avengers, Joss Whedon tried writing a script for a Wonder Woman film. Time Warner (NYSE: TWX  ) decided not to pursue the project, choosing instead to back an ill-fated TV pilot written by David E. Kelley. The Amazon princess hasn't appeared on screen since.

Filmmaker Zack Snyder may be about to change that. Multiple reports say the studio plans a Wonder Woman cameo in 2015's Batman vs. Superman.

Hungry for powerful heroines
Smart. Girl Power is a hit at the box office with The Hunger Games: Catching Fire having already earned more than $330 million worldwide. Last weekend's $161.1 million U.S. opening marks the best-ever for a November debut.

You can bet Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) executives are giving thanks for the performance, especially with the studio betting an estimated $80 million to make a similar genre film, Divergent, which releases on March 21 next year. I'd expect the same audience that's seen Catching Fire and which plans to see Divergent would also pay to see Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman, a Justice League team-up, and a subsequent solo film.

Haven't we already tried this?
Skeptics will naturally point to the unaired Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrienne Paliciki. I'd say that's less an indictment of the character than Kelley's script. But don't take my word for it. The new Superman/Wonder Woman comic book series ranked 7th on October's sales chart, according to data compiled by The Comics Chronicles. DC's Wonder Woman solo title ranked 77th -- eight slots behind Iron Man and seven ahead of Fantastic Four.

All of which is to say that, failures aside, Princess Diana has fans new and old -- those who read her adventures today, and those who remember the '70s  TV show starring Lynda Carter, and featuring the best superhero quick change sequence ever:

Source: YouTube.

Going where Marvel hasn't
I'd expect Snyder's Wonder Woman to be less patriot and more warrior-princess. Foolish readers agree, and like actress and mixed martial artist Gina Carano for the role. I'm more interested in how Snyder portrays her on screen. Here are four ways having Wonder Woman in the mix could make Batman vs. Superman a better movie.

1. She'll bring Superman back to Earth. Wonder Woman is to the female heroes of the DC Universe as Superman is to the men. She's the baddest of the bad, physically on par with the Man of Steel. Having her in Batman vs. Superman could add needed vulnerability (and humanity) to Henry Cavill's hero.

2. She'll be as tough and experienced as Batman. The best incarnations of Diana in the comics (and in other media, I think) are those that show her to be a warrior who also happens to be a woman. As tough mentally as she is physically, Wonder Woman is the rare hero (or villain) who isn't easily intimidated by the Dark Knight.

3. She'll introduce a wider array of enemies. The Amazons are steeped in Greek mythology. With Diana, Snyder could introduce any number of new adversaries unknown to moviegoers who don't read the comics. From Ares to Circe or even Felix Faust, she faces a range of foes capable of teeing up a Justice League film.

4. She'll set DC apart. Let's face it: Marvel hasn't done a good job of putting strong heroines on screen. Ironic when you consider that parent company Walt Disney (NYSE: DIS) depends on princesses for a good part of its livelihood. Adding Wonder Woman to Batman vs. Superman could help set the DC Cinematic Universe apart while giving rise to a whole new generation of fangirls.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you want to see Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman? What would you expect from the character? Leave a comment in the box below to let us know what you think.

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  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:05 AM, InvisibleZombie wrote:

    The first line of your investment article following the story "they either don't know where to start or they're afraid they'll lose" could well be written about the filmmaker's apprehensions as to how to make a super-hero film! Let's face it, the three core characters mentioned plus the rest of the JLA are like the 'elephant in the room'. From comics to Super Friends to the newer Justice League animation an audience of 6 to 66 is already familiar with the characters.

    There was a point past where Chris Reeve can carry a movie on his own or Lynda Carter a TV show of her own. Imagine a Justice League comic or cartoon introducing each member to the audience one every few weeks, or years. Imagine an original Star Wars film that took 4 movies to introduce us to Luke in one, the Empire in another, Wookiiees in a 3rd, Han Solo in the 4th...

    Git 'er done! Harry Potter didn't have a book about each main character until we brought them together. They can bring us a baby-wizards series later, start the school year with all present!

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:39 AM, milonikki wrote:

    Bringing WW in on The World's Finest movie is a great idea! Follow it up with a Flash movie including Green Lantern and introducing Aquaman. Follow that with a JLA movie bringing in The Martian Manhunter. Sprinkle in a few more individual superhero movies then cap it all off with a JLA II extravaganza!

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 7:02 PM, stlr77 wrote:

    WW should be the one who resolves the conflict between Superman and Batman and be the founder and creator of the Justice League. While Superman is an alien trying to fit in with humanity and Batman is a reclusive billionaire, Woman Woman is more a political figure since she is an Amazonian Princess. Her skills as a leader would be ideal to locate and organize super heroes from around the world and the stars into the Justice League. Like Nick Fury in Iron Man she could have a scene at the end of the movie where she introduces Superman and Batman to the Justice League.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 10:07 PM, wwfan wrote:

    Stir77 that is a great ideal. works well with the comics making her into an ambassador for Paradise Island.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 10:11 PM, mcampbell8 wrote:

    I tend to think that maybe DC should be looking at Teen Titans or Young Justice as a way to target a different movie audience and not go head to head with the Avengers. And it doesn't require the extensive character development/investment in individual movies like a Justice League or Avengers. But having a great script, director and cast with chemistry are still necessary to make it a success.

  • Report this Comment On November 29, 2013, at 11:56 PM, Minstrel wrote:

    Out of frustration I began to write a Wonder Woman screenplay with cameos from Batman and Superman! It's really quite good (if I do say so myself!) This character is RICH with possible storylines and interesting portrayal, and -- hello DC, are you listening? -- should be developed by a longtime dyed-in-the-wool Wonder Woman fan. I've collected WW since childhood and enjoyed many afternoon debates with friends about teamups and rivalries with both DC and Marvel characters. I wish I could get the attention of the decision makers. I'm an unproduced screenwriter who has placed in the fInals of numerous international contests. *sigh* It would be so heartbreaking for a Wonder Woman movie to be greenlit half-heartedly and developed half-ass. I don't think movie audiences will tolerate another round of re-imaginings the way Superman and Batman were rehashed.

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2013, at 12:42 AM, JomammaJohnson wrote:

    Two more reasons; boobs. That makes six reasons as opposed to four and should thereby boost their box office projections by an additional 44%, or to around $115,200,200.

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2013, at 10:08 PM, rm7670 wrote:

    First....Batman cant be taller than Superman... so Please get rid of Ben Affleck as batman!!!

    Second Wonder Woman will have to be at least at tall as batman, she is an amazon. can there be an conflict between Batman and Superman??? Superman would kill batman in so many different ways its not even funny. Batman is not a super hero... he is at best an accomplished worse a wacka-doodle with some cool toys.

    The story for the next superman should involve superman discovering there are others fighting for justice in the world and its more of a recruitment for the justice league. He can stumble upon batman and wonder woman going at it(albiet wonder woman would be beating the crap out of batman) separate them and work the rest of the movie on some plot with lex luther in the middle of it to get the three of them to form the foundation of the Justice League.

    You could cameo green lantern and the flash if ya wanted.

    The idea of individual movies for each character is not going to work for DC because its to late in the game.

    Man of Steel gets worse each time you watch it for two reasons... one ...the dark brooding nature of the film.. and the massive rule they broke Killing Zod, that was major Frak up.

    IMHO the dark knight rises needs to be forgotten completely as a film, it was a mess on so many levels... casting was all wrong.. Order of events was so far out of whack it was unforgivable.. etc

    Terrible in my book.

    so we will get a new Batman...I wish DC will stay away from the dark brooding path for any of the justice league players... It doesnt have to be sunny blue skies like chris reeve movies, but enough with the DARK crap. Save that for the villians. Interesting Heroe's yes!!! Fun....YES!!!

    Dump the rest of it.

  • Report this Comment On November 30, 2013, at 10:54 PM, Spider1982 wrote:

    If Warner Brother is serious about hiring an actress to play Wonder Woman for the movie Superman VS Batman should hire an actress who is unknown and the age 18 to 21 and she has martial arts training....I love it myself if Lynda Carter could have a cameo as herself..wink at the camera.

  • Report this Comment On December 01, 2013, at 12:48 AM, Mjolnir777 wrote:

    Beyers seems to be obsessed with Wonder Woman. This is probably the 4th article I've seen from him about the character. Bringing Wonder Woman on screen with her very own movie would never work. She just doesn't have enough "power" to keep audiences interested. She's a great character for "back-fill"....but that's about it. I loved the sexy and beautiful Lynda Carter on tv back in the 70s as a kid. But even then, Lynda's beauty was the only thing that would draw me to the show. It simply was not the storylines. Beyers, please push on and write about something else. Get over it.....

  • Report this Comment On December 01, 2013, at 1:35 PM, deangelo wrote:

    Not saying I am not a Affleck fan I'd just wish he would stay out of the super hero business but I guess the check is huge,so it's don't matter to him if his career tanks from this believe me this will be the last role as Batman he will play.And I do agree with an earlier comment how is Batman going to stay in a fight with Superman even the toys of our armed forces have no effect on Superman so that fight should end in one round, heat vision, cool blast, super strength did we forget a human named Bane broke him.

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