Recently it was announced that Gal Gadot of the Fast and Furious franchise would be playing Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled “Superman Vs. Batman”. I don’t know what to say. I mean I’m still on the fence about her.
On the one hand she has the perfect exotic look as she is of Israeli heritage. She has also spent two years in the military, so in that we have an extremely beautiful woman with actual real life combat experience. The only problem as far as look is that she appears a bit too petite. But frankly that’s not much of a problem. With movies like this they give actors plenty of training bulk up and fill out. In that regard I’m sure she will be fine.
The problem comes in with acting. I’m not saying she cannot act. Just that I haven’t seen her act. While I have seen most of the Fast and Furious movies a lot of those roles are forgettable and not the best wellspring for showcasing acting ability. But if the people at Warner Brothers picked her they must know something. Well, of course they do. But what is it? Only time will tell.
Now, as for the movie itself this brings into question something I think if very interesting. Before this was just supposed to be a meeting of Batman and Superman, now, with the inclusion of Wonder Woman and a rumor that The Flash will also make an appearance, one has to question, what is this film about?
Now, this is only a speculation but, as of the end of Man of Steel the world has changed. It does not just have a Superhero, but THE Superhero, one who is alien, not of this world. In the context of the movie playing out in “The real world” how does this affect the world? How does his actions, such as breaking Zod’s neck, from the last movie carry over to the next? What if Clark Kent travels the world to find and uncover accounts of other Super Powered beings bringing themselves to the forefront. And how do they; along with the people view Superman in this new era.
One of the complaints people have of Man of Steel is the killing of Zod or Superman’s disregard for the destruction or even the lack of acknowledging said destruction. This is all a heavy toll for Superman. Zod put Superman into a no win situation where Superman not only had to kill Zod, but actively stay in a fight as Zod breaks free into the city to hide and cause more collateral damage. How can Superman not be so perfect?
Being Superman is more than just good upbringing. No amount of upbringing can prepare for a situation like what Man of Steel present. Only the experience of going through it, making mistakes and overcoming them can get you through it. This is the thing that not only makes Superman more relatable but also more relatable in context of the story. He now has the knowledge of making mistakes to help guide other threw theirs. So, I think that aspect will be played up in the next film. Superman finding other heroes and helping them to stand on a higher moral ground because he himself has so much power, Superheroes have so much power they have to be that much greater as people.
I liked Man of Steel a lot. A lot more than most people and for many reasons other people don’t see or consider. There are so many things in the sequel that can go wrong, and yet it makes the journey there all the more exciting. Now, what is the sequel going to be called? My hope of for Man of Steel: The Brave and the Bold.
See you in the theater!