2017 is a big year for superhero comic book movie adaptations across the board, be they of the Marvel, DC or some other variety altogether. Marvel Studios is going to be releasing three movies in theaters in the same year for the first time – one of which, to be fair, is a Sony co-production (Spider-Man: Homecoming) – while DC Entertainment will be unveiling both the DC Extended Universe’s Wonder Woman solo movie and the first Justice League film, following the big screen debut of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince in this year’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The live-action Wonder Woman, as directed by Patty Jenkins (Monster) and co-written by DC Entertainment president Geoff Johns, is an event that has long been anticipated by many (hardcore superhero/comic book fans and the general public alike) – hence it comes as little surprise that Jenkins’ movie landed the number three spot on Fandango’s survey of its users’ most anticipated movies arriving in 2017. Similarly, both Gadot and Wonder Woman herself ranked high on other lists that were included in the results from Fandango’s survey.
Emma Watson landed the top spot on Fandango’s Most Anticipated Actress list for 2017, for her role as Belle from Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast musical. However, Gadot was the #1 pick for Rising Female Movie Star this year – ahead of fellow comic book movie actors Zendaya (for her mystery role from Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Elizabeth Debicki as the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 villain Ayesha – and her version of Wonder Woman was the Most Anticipated Comic Book Character of 2017, ahead of even Baby Groot (Vin Diesel) from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and the aging/battle-worn version of Wolverine that Hugh Jackman is playing in his final X-Men movie appearance, Logan.
Fandango’s Most Anticipated Actress list for 2017 includes one comic book move star (Halle Berry for her role in the sequel Kingsman: The Secret Service), whereas Thor: Ragnarok costars Idris Elba and Chris Hemsworth both made the cut for Most Anticipated Actor, along with Jackman for Logan and Chris Pratt in the #1 spot for his return as Peter Jason Quill/Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Gadot’s Justice League costar Ezra Miller also landed the #3 spot on Fandango’s Rising Male Movie Star list for 2017 for his anticipated turn as Barry Allen/The Flash in the movie, with Homecoming‘s Tom Holland landing the #1 spot on that list (as well as the #4 spot on the Most Anticipated Comic Book Character rundown).
2016 was a big year for the Wonder Woman character, between the Amazonian superhero/warrior celebrating her 75th anniversary in comic book form to her being made (and then, unfortunately, dropped as) an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, by the United Nations. Following on the heels of three movie installments in the DCEU that have proven quite divisive with critics and general moviegoers (to put it simply), the hope is that Wonder Woman will help to bring together filmgoers with respect to their feelings towards the DCEU – and thus, make Gadot’s third appearance as the Diana character in Justice League all the more worthy of being celebrated.