Even though it is not slated to hit theaters until June 2017, the solo Wonder Woman film (starring Gal Gadot, directed by Patty Jenkins), is actually going to begin principal photography this fall. Given that Gadot will also be appearing in Zack Snyder’s Justice League Part One (shooting in spring 2016, also due in 2017), it makes sense that Warner Bros. would start production on Wonder Woman this early.
Since filming will commence in just a couple of months (at the time of this writing), we’re poised to learn more about Wonder Woman in the near future. One aspect many fans will be interested in is casting, as only Gadot and Chris Pine (playing Steve Trevor) are officially on board. Now, we may know who WB is eyeing to play the movie’s villains.
Heroic Hollywood is reporting that the studio is looking to add Eva Green and Sean Bean to the cast. Green would play Circe the Sorceress, while Bean would bring Ares, the God of War to life. It’s important to keep in mind that the report specifically says the two are being eyed for the roles, which is different from being in talks or receiving an offer. Still, not many would argue with these choices if they did come through.
Green proved her ability to pull off a villainous role in last year’s 300: Rise of an Empire, playing the ruthless and intimidating Artemisia. She was easily one of that film’s highlights. And Bean is a fan-favorite, having lent his talents to many great genre titles such as The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. He has so much experience working in fantasy epics, that he would be a perfect fit for a project like Wonder Woman. Either one would be a worthy addition to the DC Extended Universe.
If these are indeed the adversaries Diana Prince goes up against, WB clearly isn’t pulling any punches with the solo film. Both possess a number of deadly abilities that would be an imposing challenge for even an Amazonian warrior. The two are immortal beings and have a plethora of powers at their disposal. Ares has immense strength, superhuman speed, and energy projection (among others), while Circe can transform reality, alter minds, and project illusions. She can also use her magic on herself to become a physical match for Wonder Woman. There’s a number of possibilities here for Jenkins to explore, even if only one of the villains appears in the film.
What this rumor doesn’t clear up is the much-discussed time period in which Wonder Woman takes place. It was recently rumored that half of the film would take place in World War I, while the other would be set in the modern day. Since Ares and Circe are based on Greek mythological figures, they could seemingly show up at any point in history to fight Wonder Woman (who is believed to be 200 years old in Batman V Superman). That’s an answer for another day.
But one thing we can garner from this report is that WB seems to be going for a full-fledged fantasy film with Wonder Woman – opting to go with Ares and Circe instead of one of Diana’s Earth-bound foes. That’s probably smart on their part, since it will help Wonder Woman stand out on its own, and differentiate the film from the other comic book movies hitting theaters in the next five years. And with WB hoping to avoid a cookie-cutter formula for their films, this would be a step in the right direction.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23rd, 2017; Justice League on November 17th, 2017; The Flash on March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman on July 27th, 2018; Shazam on April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14th, 2019; Cyborg on April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19th, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.
Source: Heroic Hollywood