Marvel Studios unveiled its second release for 2013, Thor: The Dark World, in multiple non-U.S. markets this week, ahead of the film’s theatrical bow in the States. The superhero movie sequel has thus far earned solid reviews and is expected to reap more than enough box office treasure to ensure that Thor 3 will happen, as star Chris Hemsworth teased during our last interview with him.
Hemsworth’s Thor franchise costar, Jaimie Alexander – who plays the mighty Asgardian warrioress Sif – has also indicated that a third adventure with the God of Thunder and his friends is on the way. However, the far more intriguing nugget of information that Alexander dropped recently is the revelation that she’s been approached by Warner Bros. about the prospective DC Cinematic Universe – which begins its expansion in 2015, with Batman vs. Superman (a.k.a. Man of Steel 2).
Jaimie Alexander has been having "comversations" w/ WB/DC. She also knows things a/b BATMAN VS SUPERMAN's story. Do the math... #Comikaze13— Mark Hughes (@markhughesfilms) November 1, 2013
Twitter misspelling jokes aside, this confirmation that Alexander is conversing with WB/DC – with the talk being serious enough for the actress to have received information about the plot for Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman crossover film – is yet another intriguing piece to add to the puzzle that is the project’s mystery female role. Indeed, the description of the character as someone who is tall and physically fit has fueled the rumor that Batman vs. Superman will also introduce Wonder Woman to the DCCU – something WB President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, Greg Silverman has neither confirmed nor denied (and thus, encouraged fans to keep speculating to their hearts’ desire).
Hughes, following his initial Tweet, later got chance to interview Alexander one-on-one, where the actress carefully expanded on her previous comments. In addition, she provided her own feelings about the potential introduction of Wonder Woman in Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel (or Diana of Themyscira getting her own solo vehicle down the line).
Here is what she had to offer (via Forbes):
“I would love for DC to put Wonder Woman in one of their upcoming flicks, either in her own movie or Batman vs. Superman, or just something even to introduce her. Being in the comic book world, we know a lot of the same people at DC and Marvel, so we hear a lot of things, but it’s all speculation right now. But I would absolutely love that [Wonder Woman appearing in one of the upcoming films]. Thankfully and gratefully, I’m appreciative to the people who ask my opinion of the character, and that’s been pretty amazing.”
Alexander was one of the candidates on our Andrew Dyce’s list ‘7 Actresses Who Could Play Wonder Woman’, be it in her own film, Batman vs. Superman or further down the line in the (for now, theoretical) Justice League film. While some fans might understandably have mixed feelings about having the same actress who plays Wonder Woman being a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – even given the significant artistic differences between contemporary Marvel Studios and DC comic book movies – there are also a number fans who, like us, would be more than glad to see Alexander land the coveted role.
Having said that: based on Alexander’s comments, it sounds as though there’s a reasonable chance that she’s been approached by WB primarily for her feedback on how to best bring Wonder Woman to the big screen; as opposed to, being in serious consideration to play the role herself. Therefore, it’s possible that the reason that the actress has been given more intimate details about the storyline for Batman vs. Superman could be so that she has a better understanding of what the state of things will be by the film’s conclusion (as the lead-in to Wonder Woman’s introduction in a later movie).
On that note, here’s a telling excerpt from Alexander’s previous comments about how to present Wonder Woman in the 21st century:
“If you’re going to make Wonder Woman, make it like The Bourne Supremacy. You know, let’s do something awesome like that. Alias was a fantastic show. Why can’t we do that?…”
Indeed, a Bourne-esque version of Diana would feel right at home in the Man of Steel universe. It may very well be the approach that WB has been mulling over, while demand for a Wonder Woman movie continues to grow louder and louder. One last bit of food for thought: Ben Affleck ‘had conversations’ with WB about him directing Justice League almost a year before he was officially cast as the Caped Crusader in Batman vs. Superman – so this might not be the last we hear of Alexander circling the DC movie-verse either…
UPDATE: Here’s yet another Wonder Woman tease from Alexander (courtesy of our readers):
Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 opens in U.S. theaters on July 17th, 2015.