Today, nerds everywhere got the news we had been waiting for: Wonder Woman will in fact be in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.
The fact that the actress playing her is pretty easy on the eyes is, admittedly, a nice bonus.
For the uninitiated, Wonder Woman has long been a fixture of the DC comics and their cartoon counterparts. In practically every iteration of the Justice League, the 3 central superheroes are Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Yet despite many attempts, she has never appeared in the flesh on the big screen. Hell, even recent attempts to get her back on TV (remember the Lynda Carter show from the 70′s? Me neither) have failed.
The conversation always seems to come back to Hollywood execs that are scared of a strong female lead character. Maybe now, finally, in our post-Bridesmaids world, studios realize that women can also drive a box office success story. Maybe DC is willing to do anything to follow Marvel’s movie model. Or maybe it’s just about damn time.
Now to be fair, this role in BvS could be little more than a cameo. It could be horribly botched. And there’s no guarantee that it will lead to a spinoff movie of her very own.
But I really hope it works out. Look, I’m a sucker for a good superhero movie, but it definitely gets frustrating when the formula gets stale. And having a female lead will at least shake up the whole “hero juggling his superpowers while also winning over the pretty girl” arc. But more to the point, who the hell cares if the main superhero is a guy or a gal if the story is good? And really, why is this still an issue in 2013?
Besides all of the gender equality stuff, this announcement also indicates even more momentum towards the (hopefully) inevitable Justice League movie, and, fingers crossed, that Aquaman flick we’ve all been dreaming of.