Producers Reveal The Actresses Who Almost Played Wonder Woman

As it turns out, Gal Gadot wasn't the first choice to play Wonder Woman.
Julio Childress September 26th 2018 Entertainment
It's safe to say that 'Wonder Woman' is one of DC's most successful movies as far as earnings and critical reception goes. Something about that movie connected with people of all ages and genders, especially women who were happy to see a female superhero depicted so well on the big screen.
A lot of that success has to do with Gal Gadot's performance. She was radiant and charming as Wonder Woman. Not to mention she has the perfect look: Tall, exotic, sexy, and kind. Wonder Woman needs to be all of those things, which is no easy task. Many actresses have sexy down, but what about all those other qualities.
I'm sure there were many actresses who would have loved the role, but there are only some who could have nailed it. Interestingly enough, there were many choices that were considered over the decades of development of this character. Here are 50 different actresses who could have almost played Wonder Woman.
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Jamie Alexander
Jamie Alexander is no stranger to the action or superhero genre, making her an obvious choice for the role of Wonder Woman. She was in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie, 'The Last Stand' (one of his later movies, not one of the 80s/90s classics), and 'Kyle XY.' If you're acting alongside Arnold, you probably have a little bit of that bad-ass aura that's necessary to share the screen with him.
She's been in the Thor movies as Sif, a badass fighter from Asgard. That might make a conflict of interests, but it's not as if we haven't seen DC actors become Marvel actors later, like Ryan Reynolds. She's a leading lady as well, starring as the lead in the show 'Blindspot.' Ultimately she didn't quite fit for the role, though she could have easily pulled it off.
Megan Fox
People love to hate Megan Fox, which is one reason not to cast her as Wonder Woman, although I disagree with the hate. Yes, she's almost too perfectly beautiful, but that's no reason to trash her. If anything, it makes her perfect for the character of Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman should make you ask, "is that person even real?" because she looks so incredible. Not that Gadot doesn't pull that off, but Megan Fox could as well.
Ultimately it was more her choice than anyone else's not to take the role. She has been on the record to say, "Wonder Woman is a lame superhero... She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don't get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role, but I don't want to do it."
Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson may be best known for her role in the Mission Impossible franchise as Elsa Faust, an asskicking British special agent. She has been in the last two films as a major character. In fact, it's not common for characters in that franchise to return, other than a few key people, so it goes to show just how important and popular her character was in the series. She proved her penchant for playing sexy yet deadly, which might be a great way to describe Wonder Woman.
Being an English actress, she may not be exactly right for the role. That's especially true when you consider the exotic aspect. Her accent would be bizarre on Themyscira, so she would have had to adjust that. Luckily we will most likely see more of her in the future Mission Impossible movies.
Megan Gale
Megan Gale is most recently known as playing The Valkyrie in 'Mad Max: Fury Road.' If you've seen that movie, then you know the tough presence she brings to the screen. I believe that she could stand toe to toe with Superman and Batman at her side. That's for sure.
Megan Gale doesn't have many credits to her name, but she does have some bragging rights. At one point Megan Gale actually had the role of Wonder Woman in the bag. The project was a 2007 version of the film titled 'Justice League: Mortal.' It would have also starred Armie Hammer and D.J. Cotrona as Batman and Superman respectively. If you're wondering what happened to the film, it never got made, but some photos exist of Megan Gale in Wonder Woman's costume, so at least she'll always have that as proof.
Naomi Scott
Naomi Scott proved her action movie chops in 2017 with the new 'Power Ranger' movie. She played the pink ranger, giving the character a really dark backstory. Fans were pretty split on the movie, but that's what happens when your fan base ranges from little kids to millenials. She is also a recording artist who released an album shortly after the movie's release.
She has the unique, exotic look to pull off being Wonder Woman, but she also looks very young. The story would have to be dramatically different than what we saw on screen for Naomi to pull off the role. That's not to say that she couldn't do it, but I think a coming of age Wonder Woman story would work better for her than the 'Wonder Woman' movie starring Gal Gadot. What do you think?
Dakota Johnson
Dakota Johnson is the young Hollywood starlet who gained prominence for her role in the '50 Shades of Grey' series of movies. She's also had some success in the romantic comedy genre. She has a great way of playing the every-girl, especially one who is slightly socially awkward. Now that may all sound like she's a very odd choice for Wonder Woman, and I agree, but imagine what her vibe would bring to the role. There's a lot of vulnerability that Johnson can portray in the character.
As much as Wonder Woman is self-assured and strong, she's also a fish out of water. Dakota Johnson could accurately portray the comedy and awkwardness of going from Themyscira to venturing out into the rest of the world. Ultimately, producers thought her overall vibe is off for the role though.
Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne is a good example of someone successfully transitioning from modeling to acting. She's had some small roles in movies, but she's also had some main starring roles as well. 'Valerian' is pretty much her movie, despite having a costar, and she did excellent. As far as being a believable badass, she pulled it off. She showed off her mysterious side in 'Paper Town.' Bad ass and mysterious are definitely two ways you want to describe Wonder Woman.
Like some of these other actresses, Cara is no stranger to the superhero world. Cara did already play a role in a DC movie with her role in 'Suicide Squad.' I'm sure she would have preferred the Wonder Woman role over being Enchantress in that movie. She's too young for the role though, which is why she was ultimately passed on.
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is another actress from 'Mad Max: Fury Road' on this list. It's odd how there are certain coincidences with these possible castings. She played one of the pregnant women being rescued in the film. Her remarkable face and body, evident by the fact that she was a Victoria's Secret angel. As far as action goes, she was in the 2011 Transformers movie as the Megan Fox replacement, for the lack of a better description.
Even though she has many great qualities to add to the role, she never really stood a chance because the producers didn't want a blonde haired actress in the role. Sure, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley could have dyed her hair, but it's better to go with a natural brunette who audiences recognize as a brunette. People find enough controversy over casting.
Christina Hendricks
Christina Hendricks is best known for her role as Joan Harris. That show lasted from 2005-2015, and before that she had a very active career in film and television. She's in the upcoming show 'The Romanoffs,' about people who believe they are related to the famous Russian Romanoff family. As a redhead, I never would have assumed she would be up for the role, but she was more than up from the role. She practically had the role in Joss Whedon's 2006 planned version of the movie. As we now know, the movie was never made.
I'm not sure I believe Christina Hendricks as Woman Woman, but that might be a smart choice. Go with someone unexpected. We'll never know now. Gal Gadot seems to be DC's hottest ticket right now, so she's not going anywhere.
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Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley may seem like a bit of a laughable choice. Think about it. She's not exactly known for being rough and tumble. The last time she seemed tough at all in a film was 'Bend It Like Beckham.' She's a fantastic actress, especially when in period pieces, but her action star qualities are questionable. She was in the movie 'Domino' about a female bounty hunter, and the movie is actually pretty good, but she still seems like a stiff wind could knock her down.
Her star power and acting skill could be enough to land her the role, and it's not as if she's without action movie merits. As I mentioned, she was in the movie 'Domino,' and there's also her work in 'Pirates of the Caribbean' which has its fair share of action.
Michelle Rodriguez
Is there any woman on film more believably badass than Michelle Rodriguez? When she crashes her car in the Fast and the Furious movies, you feel like she could have done it without a stunt double. Her brand is being a tough chick, but is it the kind of tough that Wonder Woman requires? I'd answer no. I feel like there is definitely a place for Michelle Rodriguez in the superhero genre, but it might not be Wonder Woman.
Michelle Rodriguez might not have the right height or vibe to play Wonder Woman. Even though height can be played around with in film (look at Tom Cruise for example), sometimes you just need a naturally tall actor to give a certain character the required presence. Michelle Rodriguez doesn't have that height, but maybe we'll see her fighting alongside WW one day, or maybe even against.
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Gina Carano
Gina Carano might just be the real life Wonder Woman in many ways. Nowadays people talk about women's mixed martial arts and they talk about Ronda Rousey. Gina Carano was the one who really pioneered women's mixed martial arts. She is an accomplished martial artists who put women's MMA on the map by being skilled and extremely beautiful. Doesn't that sound just like Wonder Woman? She wasn't quite at the level that she needed to be to face the toughest women's competition, but without her progress would have been much slower.
She has transitioned into acting as both a star and costar in several different movies including 'Fast and Furious.' She isn't all that bad, but it would be a tough sell to throw a franchise like Wonder Woman at her. She just doesn't have the acting experience for it.
Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes isn't the first actress you think about when you think action movie. She's kept her 'Dawson's Creek' homely appeal ever since being on the show in her teens. There is one quality she has that is perfect for Wonder Woman though, and that's her warmth and kindness. She exudes warmth, which makes me able to picture her as Wonder Woman, even if she isn't as athletic as Gal Gadot. Sometimes it is hard for an actor to break out of a long-running television role.
Katie Holmes made an odd comment to Sirius XM radio in 2014 when she said, "I wanna be Wonder Woman. I might need a tramp stamp." I think she may have been addressing her homely quality, but your guess is as good as mine as far as what that comment means.
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Jessica Green
Jessica Green is an actress who is still in the early stages of her career. She started acting in 2012 (at least that's when her first credit shows up), and has since had regular roles in 'The Outpost,' and 'Roman Empire.' Fans of the Evil Dead series may have seen her on an episode of ''Ash Vs Evil Dead' too. She is Australian with those deep blue eyes, and she's even pretty tall at five foot nine inches. As far as body type and look, she could definitely play Wonder Woman.
Since she is still in the relative early stages of her career, producers most likely couldn't take her seriously enough yet for the role. Producers have to take many things into consideration, including how the audience will react to the casting. Casting an Australian actress without any massive credit may have not been the most buzzworthy casting.
Kate Beckinsale
Kate Beckinsale seems like an obvious choice for Wonder Woman in many ways. If the movie had been made ten years earlier, it would have been even more likely for her to take the role. I'm not saying she's too old for the role, just that her star quality as an action star has been a bit burned since she's done so many 'Underworld' movies. It's hard not to imagine her as a vampire-hunting hero now.
If she can pull off her role as Selene in the Underworld franchise, she could surely hold her own as Wonder Woman. Like I had mentioned, the biggest hurdle is her established connection to an existing franchise. She may have some contracts with the Underworld movies as well that stop her from taking on a role like Wonder Woman.
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Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski has come a long way since her days starring in the music video for Robin Thicke's song "Blurred Lines." That video stirred up some controversy for something Ratajkowski and other women walking around bare breasted. Since then she has had a great acting career. If you don't have faith in her as an actress, check out the Netflix show 'Easy.' She has a role in one of the episodes that is quite impressive.
She definitely has the other-worldly look necessary for Wonder Woman, but her lack of experience acting must have kept her from the role. Sure, she's been in plenty and done a great job, but she's still not taken 100% seriously in the acting world. It might be seen as reckless to cast her in a movie with so much on the line.
Gigi Hadid
Gigi Hadid might seem like the least realistic choice for Wonder Woman. I get it, she's a model. Not just that, she's a model from famous parents. As far as respectability in the acting world, that's a killer concoction. That's not to say that Gigi's acting days are numbered, or that she's a bad actress, but models-turned-actresses usually warrant an eye roll or two. She doesn't have a ton of experience acting, so there's no way the studio would actually put her in the Wonder Woman role, but her look at least would make them consider it.
She's tall and can certainly capture the youth market. Young people connect with the Hadids. At least, I assume. I'm thirty one years old so I had to research Gigi Hadid more than I'd have to research the OJ trial.
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Lynda Carter
If you know who Lynda Carter is, then I know what you're thinking: how was there ever a chance that she would be cast as the new Wonder Woman? That's because she was the old Wonder Woman in the television show. Even though she wasn't actually considered for the role, she naturally had her own opinions about who should be cast. She thought Sandra Bullock should take the role. Lynda Carter may have insight on the character in a way that no one else can, but that doesn't mean her choice would be good. Sometimes asking someone close to the character can be a bad idea.
It's not uncommon for reboots/remakes/redos to cast the former actors in cameo roles, so maybe we will see Lynda Carter in a future Wonder Woman movie. She won't be able to beat Stan Lee's number of cameos in a film. That's for sure.
Malin Akerman
Malin Akerman is a great comedic actress, who can also play off the all-American girl look. She's got blonde hair, but she has been brunette at times, so her look can go either way depending on the type of Wonder Woman the studio would want. At one point the studio was considering a blonde Wonder Woman, so it's not completely out of the question. How do you feel? Should Wonder Woman always be brunette, or do blondes have more fun?
She has already played a role as a superhero in the movie 'Watchmen,' which is based off a comic book that is essentially a deconstruction of the hero genre. She played the role of Silk Specter, so can she play a superhero? Absolutely. Did she play Wonder Woman? No, she did not. Although, that second part is obvious.
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Lucy Lawless
Nothing makes more sense than a Lucy Lawless Wonder Woman movie. Maybe not as much now as it did many years ago when she was the queen of kick ass. She played Xena in the show 'Xena: Warrior Princess.' That was many years ago, but at the time she was a hot ticket. She was as much of a national phenomenon as Gal Gadot is as Wonder Woman. I remember watching reruns of it every night. You know a show is popular when the reruns are on constantly.
Lucy Lawless even got on Twitter after seeing Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman costume and mentioned that it looked a lot like Xena's. There's no way you can make a Wonder Woman movie without using Xena as a reference, even if you don't use any of her designs.
Adrianne Palicki
Adrianne Palicki is one of the actresses on this list who actually had the role of Wonder Woman in the bag. Not only that, she even was officially Wonder Woman back in 2011. You see, back in 2011 there was a Wonder Woman TV series that even had a pilot shot starring Adrianne Palicki. I'm sure you can still find it online somewhere, if you're good at searching the dark depths of the internet. I saw some of it, and it's not great, though I don't blame that on Adrianne Palicki.
A few years later she ended up having a role in 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' so she wasn't completely dejected from the world of superheroes. How would you feel if the opportunity to play an iconic character slipped through your fingers? I'd be upset, that's for sure.
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Olga Kurylenko
Olga Kurylenko was so close to becoming Wonder Woman. She was one of three women who were up for the role in the last round of choices. The final three consisted of Gal Gadot, of course, as well as Elodie Yung. It's easy to see why Olga might have been chosen. She's Ukrainian, so she has that mysterious, exotic look, plus she's tough. She's been part of the James Bond and Hitman series of movies, which are heavy on the action.
The reason for not casting her came down to the fact that she was very busy. A movie like 'Wonder Woman' takes a lot of an actor's time. It's not just the shooting time and the promotion time. It also comes down to how much training comes with the role. You can't just be tough. You have to be able to ride a horse, swing a sword, and shoot arrows.
Bella Hadid
You can't have one Hadid without having the other. That's because Bella and Gigi Hadid are pretty much the same person. I know that's not very uncommon for sisters, but for two sisters so brightly in the public spotlight, it's very obvious how similar they look. Bella does have darker skin, and a little bit more of an exotic look than her sister, so there is definitely an argument for having her play Wonder Woman. It's not an extremely strong argument, but her chances are better than some of the people on this list.
Ultimately, Bella Hadid, or any of the Hadids for that matter, don't have enough acting experience and are far too thin. I can't exactly picture either of them kicking anyone's ass, and as far as acting, I don't think anyone could trust them with millions of dollars on the line.
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Brooklyn Decker
Brooklyn Decker's look isn't the classical Wonder Woman look that we're used to seeing, especially using the cartoon and older TV show for reference, but I think she could work if fans didn't mind a blind Wonder Woman. She's tall and beautiful, so she's got that covered. She also can play naive very well, while also keeping a sense of strength and power. There might be other actresses who can do what I just described better than Brooklyn Decker, but she definitely wouldn't be a bad choice. What are your feelings on a blond Wonder Woman?
She's had a good career in comedy and drama, but she has had some experience in action films like 'Battleship.' We all know and love 'Battleship,' right? The movie based on a board game that had nothing to do with the board game.
Emma Stone
Emma Stone might seem like a weird choice for Wonder Woman in just about every single way. Emma Stone is not an action star by any means. Despite the fact that she's been in the Spider-Man series, her role didn't have a lot of action that required her skills. She's also not exactly what you think about when you think about Amazonians. She's far too tiny, and the red hair and pale skin might be beautiful, but it's not Wonder Woman.
The one thing she does have going for her is a whole lot of charm. 'Wonder Woman' was a surprisingly funny movie, and Emma Stone has plenty of comedy chops. The character would have had to be a lot different for Emma Stone to work for the role, so it's best they didn't choose her.
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Bella Thorne
Bella Thorne is a divisive celebrity because she marches by the beat of her own drum. If you follow her on social media then you know how outspoken she can be on just about everything from her sexuality, to her past, to her style. For that reason, she has a lot of haters, but it also means she has a lot of fans. As far as young people go, she has that market down.
She's able to play "the bitch" just as well as she can play "the girl next door," so she has a wide range of acting skills to tap into. Why not cast this explosive young star? She's a little too young for the role, and as many acting skills as she has in her arsenal, superhero is one that she is untested in.
Madison Pettis
Who exactly is Madison Pettis? Well, as much as I hate for someone to live in the shadow of their father, that might be something that Madison has to overcome. She is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's daughter. There is no bigger fatherly shadow than the one created by "The Rock." He's a huge action star, if not the HUGEST action star, which is exactly why Madison Pettis might be perfect to cast in an action movie. She has legendary genes, after all.
Her name was in the bucket despite her young age because at one point producers had the idea to cast a young Wonder Woman so that she could grow in front of audiences like in 'Boyhood.' It could have been a cool idea, but the Wonder Woman property is far too important to put in the hands of such an experimental idea.
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Tiffany Haddish
I know what you're thinking. This must be a joke, right? Tiffany Haddish as Wonder Woman? There are a couple of considerations to make when thinking about this casting. For one, it would have been groundbreaking to make Wonder Woman black. It also wouldn't be completely out of the question. There were black women on Themyscira, plus it's all made up anyway. Put anyone on your imagine island that you want!
It's also important to note how much of a rising star Haddish is. She's starring in several movies that have come out in 2018. She's practically the female Kevin Hart. Although her expertise is comedy, it's only a matter of time until she breaks out into drama and action. Whenever that happens, I am all their for it. She may not have been a serious choice for Wonder Woman, but it's fun to think about.
Brie Larson
Brie Larson is already set to be a superhero in the upcoming 'Captain Marvel' movie where she will play none other than Captain Marvel. I think if you were to ask people what they think about Brie Larson as Wonder Woman before the Captain Marvel casting, people would not have been as receptive. Now that we've seen it, it's very obvious that Brie Larson could have done a great job as Wonder Woman. It's unfortunate that we won't ever see those two characters interact, because I'm sure they could kick a lot of butt together.
Ultimately I'm glad that she's Captain Marvel over Wonder Woman though. Although she could play the role, Gal Gadot is a better fit for Wonder Woman, plus it looks like Brie Larson is going to absolutely crush it as Captain Marvel.
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Zoey Deutch
Zoey Deutch is still fairly new on the Hollywood scene, although that doesn't mean she hasn't had some big roles. She starred alongside Bryan Cranston and James Franco in the comedy 'Why Him?' She's cemented a good position in the romantic comedy world with her role in the Netflix movie 'Set It Up' as well. If you've seen her work then you know just how charming she can be. If you don't know her work, you will soon. She's destined to be a big star.
Zoey Deutch isn't exactly the heroine type, but producers saw something in her. They had several meetings with her and her people leading up to the movie, but ultimately Gadot was obviously chosen. As a fan of staring at Zoey Deutch for two hours, I can say that I would have loved her as Wonder Woman.
Jamie Chung
Jamie Chung is a rare actress. She started out as a reality TV star on MTV's Real World. Real World is a show where seven strangers would live together with the producer's hopes that they would all fight and cause entertaining drama. Many people have made careers out of their reality stardom, but few have gained respectable acting careers from it. Jamie Chung is someone who has surpassed her identity as a reality TV star. Now she's a respected actress, which might have something to do with her acting normal on Real World.
It would have been a big deal to cast an Asian actress as Wonder Woman, but it might not have made sense with the Amazonian demographics on Themyscira. Plus there is a specific sector of toxic fans who get upset anytime their favorite heroes change race.
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Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders is a household name thanks to her role in 'How I Met Your Mother.' That show went on for many seasons and was known as one of the most highly respected multi-camera sitcoms. Since then she's taken on a superhero role that is not Wonder Woman. She is an extremely important agent in S.H.I.E.L.D. in the Avengers movies. Her character has even fought alongside the Avengers in some of their battles, despite not having powers. Now that's bad ass.
She was up for the role of Wonder Woman which is no surprise. She has a classic Wonder Woman look, although she's not exotic enough to fit in with the Themyscira we saw in the film. I think she would have made a great Wonder Woman, but her connection to the Marvel universe is too strong for DC to want to muddy the waters.
Victoria Justice
Victoria Justice is a Nickelodeon star from the show 'Zoey 101.' That means that she's incredibly popular among teens, although that doesn't necessarily mean that fans would flock to her as Wonder woman. One problem Nickelodeon and Disney stars have is breaking out of their Disney personas. A movie like 'Wonder Woman' would have been the perfect way for Victoria Justice to be something bigger than "Nickelodeon's Victoria Justice."
She would have been a risky choice given her lack of huge roles outside of teen shows and movies, so producers didn't want to take on that risk. She is definitely an actress to watch in the future though. She's gorgeous for one, and she's got comedy skills from 'Zoey 101.' It'll be interesting to see what career moves she makes as she grows into an older audience.
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Denise Richards
I think Denise Richards could have made a great Wonder Woman if this were a decade or two earlier. It's not as if she's old. She looks great for her age, and it's not so much about her age anyway. She just would have fit better in that role if the movie were to come out around the time of 'Cruel Intentions.' Richards has a great way of playing someone with a strong sense of justice. She can also play a bitch very well too, which just goes to show how underrated of an actress she is.
The type of Wonder Woman she could play is a Wonder Woman for a different time. In the world of gritty superhero movies, her bubbly and idealistic Wonder Woman wouldn't exactly play. At least not in producer's eyes.
Alexandra Daddario
Alexandra Daddario has been in a ton of films and television, though you may have a hard time pinning down exactly where you've seen her if you aren't a young person. She was in the film 'Baywatch' in case you were one of the hundred people who went to see that in theaters. She's charming in it, even if the movie is a little silly.
Alexandra Daddario has actually already been a super hero, although it wasn't in any of the movies. She played the voice of Wasp in Marvel Avenger Academy, the videogame. As far back as 2013, Alexandra had said that she wanted to play Wonder Woman. That was before there was even huge buzz about the new movie. Heck, DC was still recovering from the 2011 TV show that never saw the airwaves.
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Chloe Grace Moretz
Chloe Grace Moretz has grown in front of our very own eyes, which is bizarre because what we usually see when that happens is an actress go from young innocent kid to exploring their maturity. That's not quite the case with Chloe Grace Moretz. Moretz played in the movie 'Kick Ass' as Hit Girl. The movie is based off the equally bloody comic book. Grace plays a cursing kid hero who isn't afraid to get her hands dirty... with blood.
Although she has action hero chops, she isn't quite right to play a tall, Amazonian warrior. No matter how you shoot her in film, Chloe Grace Moretz looks short. That's not a bad thing, but it's not great for Wonder Woman. That and the fact that it's hard to separate her from Hit-Girl, and the role just wasn't right for her.
Elodie Yung
We've talked a little bit about Elodie Yung earlier in this article when we mentioned the three women that were up for the role of Wonder Woman. Elodie Yung was just as close as Gal Gadot to the role, but luckily she's had a super career anyway. She acts in both 'Daredevil' and 'The Defenders' as Elektra, a role previously played by Jennifer Garner. Having your characters in two Marvel shows is a pretty good sign that you're doing well in the role, so I'm sure she's just fine not being Wonder Woman.
She's a French actress with an exotic look, which we've established is a key feature of the the current iteration of Wonder Woman. Seeing the roles she's played in the past, as well as her look, it's pretty clear to see why she was in the top three.
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Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton is an example of an actress who actively didn't want the role of Wonder Woman. Why wouldn't someone want to play Wonder Woman? You'd have to understand that before Gal Gadot's 'Wonder Woman' came out, no one was sure what a Wonder Woman movie would look or feel like. There were plenty of reasons to be nervous about the movie. For one thing, no one knew how empowering the movie would end up being to women. The character was handled incredibly well. Gemma, being a vocal critic on the portrayal of women in film, wasn't keen on playing the sexy hero.
Gemma had good reason to be skeptical. 'Wonder Woman' could have easily been a sexy, male-driven fantasy, but it wasn't. Good on Gemma for sticking to her guns, even if it would have been a great move for her.
Kilory
Kilory is most likely not a household name to most people, but for people in the cosplay community she is very well known. Cosplay is when people dress up as their favorite characters. It's not like Halloween. It's much more serious than that. The costumes are usually extremely well made and attentive to detail. There are many fans of cosplay since it is so fun and interesting to see animated characters in the real world.
Kilory is one of the best Wonder Woman cosplayers out there today. The photo looks like it could have been taken directly out of the movie. She isn't a known actress, so the producers would just be casting based off her look. While that's partly what producers have done for all these actresses, there is more to it than just that.
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Lady Doombots
Lady Doombots is another cosplayer who isn't a household name yet. While anyone can just throw a Wonder Woman costume and take pictures, Lady Doombots is more than just that. First of all, she's got a perfect Wonder Woman look. She almost looks more like Wonder Woman than Gal Gadot. She has also played Wonder Woman in a Youtube video that plays out popular heroes battles against each other. If you're curious about her, it's a great way to get a taste of what her Wonder Woman movie would look like.
Ultimately, Lady Doombots doesn't have enough acting experience to take on such a big role, and she's currently pursuing other passions anyway. At the very least she can confidently say that she has played Wonder Woman, even if it wasn't the big screen depiction. How many people can say that?
Chloe Bennet
Chloe Bennet is already one of the main characters of a Marvel property, so I don't know how viable she could have really been. She is in the show 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' which follows the team behind the S.H.I.E.L.D. organization often seen in Marvel movies. The show has some crossover of characters, however, Chloe Bennet's character on the show, Daisy Johnson, has not made it into the movies yet, although fans would love that.
Ultimately, although she has leading lady qualities, she wasn't tall enough for the role, and she hasn't had enough experience in film yet. Movie studios can be a bit finicky about TV actors being cast in movies, although it's not as big of an issue as it has been in the past now that TV is a much more respected art form.
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Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is the queen of breaking the internet. Can you imagine how much the internet would break if it were announced that Kim Kardashian would play Wonder Woman? I can't imagine more than a handful of people who would be happy about that. Kim has tried going into the acting world, but the results have not been great. She's a better business woman than she is an actress, that's for sure.
You may remember Kim Kardashian's work in 'Epic Movie.' If you don't, then maybe it is better off that way. Kim definitely has an extreme look that could work for the role, but casting her would be about as valid as casting Katy Perry. No offense to either of them, but they are much more skilled in other areas than they are in acting.
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway is one of my favorite celebrities on and off screen, so I would have loved to see her play Wonder Woman, but we have to be real. Anne Hathaway doesn't quite have the athleticism to pull off Wonder Woman, in my opinion. I know what you might be thinking - she was Catwoman. Catwoman is a different type of superhero than Wonder Woman. DC wanted to have a clean slate away from Nolan's films, so casting Anne Hathaway would have been a bad move for them.
I think Anne Hathaway would make a great superhero. I'm just not sure which one. I know that Brie Larson is Captain Marvel, but what do we think about an Anne Hathaway Captain Marvel? I'm feeling pretty good about it. Give her a role in Howard the Duck.
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Katy Perry
Katy Perry has a ton of fans. She probably has enough fans to make a Wonder Woman movie starring her a complete success. In fact, at one point she was the most followed person on Twitter. That doesn't make it right though. Katy Perry is definitely a brunette bombshell, but she's no actress. You can't have a singer cross over into acting with such an important role. The fanboys would riot. Imagine the chaos. It's like casting Nick Jonas as Captain America.
I can see why her name would come up in a casting room, but it sounds more like a first draft idea. Like I mentioned earlier, it would be a wise business decision in terms of nabbing her existing fan base, but they also have to think about the fan base they will turn off by casting a pop star.
Beyonce
I don't think the internet could have survived Beyonce being announced as Wonder Woman. Can you imagine how many think pieces there would be? It would be impossible to have a conversation with anyone without bringing it up. Beyonce is more than an entertainer at this point. She's American royalty. Honestly, as much as I love Beyonce, we don't need her acting anymore. Her previous forays into acting were not exactly great proofs of concept. It would also be very difficult for Beyonce to be seen as Wonder Woman and not as Beyonce. If anything they should make a superhero movie about Beyonce.
Gal Gadot did say she channeled Beyonce for her audition, so there will always be a little bit of the Beyonce spirit in Wonder Woman. Maybe that's why her body is so bootylicious.
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Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba would have been a great choice for Wonder Woman. She's got everything you'd want to see in Wonder Woman. She's got the looks: tall, brown hair, exotic. And she's got the skills. She was practically a futuristic Wonder Woman in the show 'Dark Angel' produced by James Cameron. In that show she played a genetically modified warrior in a dystopian future. It lasted two seasons and it was actually pretty good!
She's also been in the superhero genre before in the Fantastic Four series of films. Although some people think her acting isn't so great, I think she makes up for it in charm. She was even cast as Wonder Woman in an early 2000s television show, but that ended up falling through. Something about Jessica Alba in an early 2000s Wonder Woman show just sounds perfect, doesn't it?
Angelina Jolie
If this were a decade or two ago, Angelina Jolie might be the best choice for Wonder Woman. I don't think she would have been the right choice, but she would have been the best choice. Think about Angelina Jolie in 'Tomb Raider.' She practically owned sexy action brunette roles for a couple of years in Hollywood. I personally think she is too skinny for the role, but back in 2008 that might not have been as much of the case. That's when Joss Whedon chose her to play Wonder Woman in his adaptation that never came to be.
I like that Wonder Woman was played by Gal Gadot, a lesser known actress than Angelina Jolie. When a famous actor is cast, too much baggage comes with them. I think this is one reason why Affleck's Batman isn't universally loved.
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Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock is no doubt one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, but is she Wonder Woman? There are arguments for her being Wonder Woman, like her charm and experience in the acting world, but the biggest one against her is that she's aged out of the role. She's still very young, all things considered, but there is certainly a difference between a Wonder Woman in her 20s and a Wonder Woman in her 40s. Just like some of the younger actresses up for the role, it would change the story.
What's interesting is that the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, suggested Sandra Bullock for the role, while also admitting that Bullock was most likely too old for the role. Lynda Carter cited Bullock's intelligence as her reason for selecting her. What do you think of Miss Congeniality being Wonder Woman?
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel has come a long way since '7th Heaven.' That was a family friendly show where she was the rebellious daughter, but nothing like the bad ass/sex symbol she would later become. She's practically a poster child for physical fitness, so in that regard she would make for a perfect Wonder Woman. Other people thought so as well. For the 2007 movie (that would never come out), she was one of the main choices, but that movie ended up falling through.
Jessica Biel has the presence that would make her fit perfectly into the superhero world. She does have some experience in that world from the movie 'Blade: Trinity.' Oddly enough, Ryan Reynolds also played in that movie and went on to become a DC and Marvel hero. If he can do it, so can Biel.
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Gal Gadot
We all know Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, and I just don't mean that she played Wonder Woman. She embodies everything about Wonder Woman. It was the perfect casting in that once you saw her, you just knew it was right. I don't even recall hearing much debate over her casting, which just goes to show you how perfect it was. She had already been a rising star, especially after her roles in the Fast and the Furious franchise, but Wonder Woman really pushed her over the edge.
Now we can see Gal Gadot just about everywhere. She's a role model for women of all ages. One of my favorite moments is when she hosted Saturday Night Live. She did extremely well, which might mean she has a future in comedy once the Wonder Woman train is over.

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