By: Matt Joseph
Looks like things are in full swing over at Warner Brothers.
As the studio gets ready to release The Dark Knight Rises, their attention is now turning towards Man of Steel as well as their Justice League film.
Hoping to copy Marvel’s model, the studio is looking at how to establish their universe and if what we’re hearing is true, they may kick things off with a Wonder Woman cameo in Man Of Steel.
Now, before you get on your soapbox and start shouting out this ultra exciting news to anyone that will listen, read on.
This report is originating from Comic Book Movie, who claim that Warner Bros. is hoping to reveal plans for their “movie universe” later this month. The report goes on to say that the studio will use Man Of Steel to “drop hints that Superman is in a shared universe with his DC counterparts,” kind of like Marvel did.
It then goes on to mention that one hero they are intent on referencing is Wonder Woman. The studio is hoping that if Man Of Steel takes off, these references can be used as a springboard to launch either solo films for the heroes or the Justice League film.
Now, here’s where it gets interesting.
CBM claims that these references won’t be that big and they tell us not to expect any character cameos. While that’s all well and good, it seems odd that Warner Bros. wouldn’t use Man of Steel as an opportunity to introduce Wonder Woman with more than just a reference.
In thinking this, I spoke to one of our sources that has close ties to the project and he confirmed to me that CBM is correct in that the studio is trying to find a way to reference Wonder Woman. But, our source also disputes CBM on the fact that there won’t be a cameo.
From what I’m hearing, the studio isn’t opposed to doing a cameo and if the timing works out (ie: if they find a Wonder Woman and announce the casting on time), then they may be able to pull it off. So don’t rule it out just yet.
Now, there’s two things to consider here. First, who will the studio choose to play Wonder Woman? Should they go for a big name, an unknown, or someone in the middle?
Personally, I’d like to see an unknown take the role. Sure, Christian Bale was already somewhat well known by the time Batman Begins came around but for Wonder Woman, I’d love to see an unknown actress take the role. Of course, I’m sure a lot of that will depend on how audiences react to Henry Cavill as Superman, though I’m sure things will go just fine with regards to that. The studio and Zack Snyder seem pretty confident in him. Plus, he’s already had one semi-big role when he starred in last year’s Immortals.
Another thing to point out is that it’s still possible for Wonder Woman to actually appear in the film even if she hasn’t been cast. Depending on how they choose to show her (what type of shot, angle, for how long etc.), they could get away with having an extra play the part, just for the cameo.
All that being said, it’s important to remember that right now, this is all up in the air. Nothing is concrete. Sources are never 100% and for all we know Man Of Steel may land in theatres without any references at all.
When we hear anything more though we’ll keep you posted.