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Gal Gadot Signs 3-Picture Deal With Warner Bros., Including Wonder Woman Feature?


We thought you’d like to know. But does this really mean we’ve got a Wonder Woman feature film in our future?

The news is everywhere today that Gal Gadot, who has already been confirmed to play Wonder Woman in Batman vs Superman, has signed with Warner Bros. to portray the character in at least three movies. That’s pretty standard, if not universal, for actors in any action film, but especially superhero franchises of the kind Warner Bros. wants to build. That is, of the kind the Marvel has already built.

But does this mean we’re definitely getting a Wonder Woman film? Variety says they have it on good authority that “Gadot will play the role in not only the upcoming “Batman-Superman” flick, but in a Justice League movie and a Wonder Woman standalone film.” And if this were Marvel we were talking about, I’d take that at face value.

But Marvel has the kind of franchise where nobody bats an eye if they quietly take the #5 highest grossing movie spot with a threequel. The kind of franchise whose biggest “flops” still make hundreds of millions of dollars of profit. Wander Bros. is just starting out, and they haven’t had a chance yet to establish whether they’re willing to stick in their heels and start announcing movies three steps in advance. That’s not their fault, necessarily. Everybody’s got to start somewhere. But when they can’t even work out what to name their Man of Steel sequel that features Batman and Wonder Woman (the answer is Superman: Trinity) I start to get nervous.

The idea that Warner Bros. is laying its ducks in order in case it decides to make a feature Wonder Woman film isn’t particularly heartening to me either, since whether it happens will almost certainly depend on how well Batman vs Superman and this putative Justice League movie perform at the box office. There was plenty of sequel talk for Green Lantern as well, before it became clear that it could only be mistaken for a good movie by a nearsighted box turtle who’d had a very sheltered childhood. Box turtles do not, historically, drive box office returns.

But I’m getting away from the subject at hand. Gal Godot is on contract for a Wonder Woman feature film. I hope she gets to do it.

(via Variety.)

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  • Anonymous

    Sadly this likely doesn’t indicate a Wondy movie is in the works. Marvel often signs its actors to ridiculous multi-picture deals even if it’s just quick cameos or team-up roles.

  • locuas

    i stick to my belief that Superman Vs. Batman is actually “Justigue league: Origins” and the next two movies are going to be Justice League movies.

  • http://instagram.com/threadpool Threadpool

    Hopefully a WW movie can live up to the current, Hollywood tradition of such amazing Greco-Mythological epics… Like, um… Ya know, like uh… Clash of the Titans, Wrath of the Titans and The Legend of Hercules!
    SO much to live up to.
    No wonder people keep saying she’s “Problematic”.

  • Isaac Nolan

    I’m not very hopeful for this DC Cinematic Universe that they’re trying to make happen, I would love to see a live-action Justice League film, not to mention standalone films for the main members, but I don’t think they’re going about this the right way. If they really want to compete with the MCU they should use the same model and slowly establish their characters and universe, yes there’s the high possibility that Wonder Woman may only be a very minor part in this movie, but it still seems kinda forced to me to shove all three in this movie instead of first giving WW her own standalone and then having them all meet. To me this seems rushed, just for the sake of competition.

    At the moment Marvel is killing it, not just with their movies but with their upcoming Netflix mini-series and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” which both add something to the MCU, they’ve really nailed it on both fronts. I just really hope DC doesn’t create a sloppily made crossover movie that pales in comparison to what Marvel has going for them.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Once I got past the initial excitement (I like Gadot as Wondy) I’ve slowly reverted back to a state of stern, judgmental suspicion. If I was a near-sighted box turtle, I’d be judging WB/DC silently and with much judgment, but as a box turtle. Alternately, here is a pic of me whenever I read the latest WB/Wonder Woman news:

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BesGboqCYAAg5jF.jpg

  • Anonymous

    Don’t get fooled by the multi-picture deals. It’s called keeping your options opened. It basically mean that if they think the character didn’t take on, they don’t have to make the standalone film but if the character gets really popular, they don’t have to give a raise to Gadot.

  • http://www.gradientcomics.com/ Rob Payne

    It definitely should go Batman/Superman, Wonder Woman standalone, Justice League if they want to really embrace the Marvel method. The idea that they might go directly to Justice League — no Batman or WW standalones and only quick, brief intros of maybe Aquaman and someone else — is just bizarre to me. It’s not as potentially risky as going straight from Iron Man 2 to The Avengers, if only because people know Batman very well at this point and have more cultural knowledge of Wonder Woman than Thor or Captain America. But, still. It’s clear they want to make all the money, not necessarily good stories, and maybe even at the expense of even decent movies.

  • http://www.gradientcomics.com/ Rob Payne

    Immortals, starring our new Superman, was pretty good.

  • http://runt.org/ Adrian

    Yep. Marvel Films had a plan from the start, that they cared and believed in, and they committed to it. WB/DC haven’t shown they have the same steadfastness and forethought. Marvel Films is simply operating at a higher level.

  • Mark Matson

    I agree about Wonder Woman’s relationship with our culture. However, we expect Wonder Woman to be Linda Carter’s version, which means almost no real superpowers. If she is even remotely shown to be as strong as Superman in the upcoming movie, expect many complaints from the usual suspects. And a sword? Like Xena?? She really does need her own introduction.

  • Isaac Nolan

    Mm, too bad her backstory is apparently being completely changed to cut out all the Amazonian and mythological stuff, and instead being made to tie her closer to Superman’s origin. Very annoying and borderline infuriating to say the least.

  • http://www.gradientcomics.com/ Rob Payne

    She definitely deserves her own introduction, but that isn’t happening. So if she gets a bit role and then a feature length fleshing out, well, that’s better than no standalone. There are just too many ifs to get excited about right now.

  • Lup Lun

    The whole problem with DC’s attempt at a cinematic cycle is that they’re trying to put the cart before the horse, where the cart is blockbuster franchise and the horse is good movies. They were doing their thing with Batman and Superman, and then The Avengers became the years biggest blockbuster and they thought “Hey, we can do that!” What they didn’t realize was that Avengers was the culmination of years worth of work building a world film by film. And before that, they spent years building Marvel’s box office cred, going back to Blade in the freakin’ twentieth century! Where the bad guys leave a message for Blade on a VHS tape! And the idea of a massive mega-crossover was a very late addition to the concept; first and foremost, each movie was made to be a good story on its’ own. DC is trying to leapfrog the years of buildup straight to the payoff, and I doubt it can work. Especially since they have a much smaller stable of interesting characters to work with

  • Jeyl

    It will still be kind of sad because if Wonder Woman does get her own film, it will only be because this universe wants to have Justice League. The thing about Batman and Superman is that their previous movies were very stand alone. There was no Superman in the Batman movies, and there was no Batman in the Superman movies. They exist in their own universe essentially. This Wonder Woman will not be like that, which is a shame because since this universe is about Superman, she will essentially be regarded as a “Superman” spinoff character who resides in his universe.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    Rumor has it they are giving WW Supergirl’s origins, so they don’t have to introduce it.

    Why not just introduce Supergirl, and give WW her own movie, I HAVE NO IDEA! I guess if a multi movie superhero franchise has more than one girl, the guys might feel left out.

  • http://instagram.com/threadpool Threadpool

    I’m holding out hope until that’s confirmed.

  • http://instagram.com/threadpool Threadpool

    It actually wasn’t too bad. A rarity these days. And yet they keep getting the greenlight.

  • SCP3

    Superman: Trinity would be the name to go with, but don’t be surprised if you hear from some yahoo who gets their nose out of joint thinking it was a riff on the Holy Trinity.

    Is the order of the movies supposed to be the Superman sequel, then the Justice League movie, then the Wonder Woman standalone? if so, on the one hand it suggests a certain uncertainty about her ability to helm a film solo (the first two movies almost seem like training wheels), but on the other hand, doing solo films then the team up invites comparisons to Marvel, and I can’t imagine that comparison helping DC or Warner.

    Meanwhile, that picture reinforces my one concern with the selection of Gadot: I would not characterize her physique as Amazonian (her forearm looks bigger than her upper arm, and unless they’re doing some weird Wonder Woman/Popeye thing, that’s a problem). And that look is important if you want to establish the character as a credible movie presence. If they had hired D.J. Qualls to play Superman, we wouldn’t be talking sequels and spinoffs, would we?

  • Jamie Jeans

    I would not hold my breath. This is DC Comics and the WB, the first sign, the tiniest HINT, that this Batman/Superman did not do as well as it could have because of Wonder Woman, they’ll drop Gal Godot and scrap any standalone movie.

    I’ve got NO faith in them doing any kind of movie with a leading woman, especially Wonder Woman.

    And it’s not like Marvel has given us a standalone movie with a solo lead superhero of colour or a woman either. >_>

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I don’t think the movie needs to be called superman: trinity. the first film didn’t need the heroes name on the title and it is kinda redundant since Superman is a part of the trinity.

    Honestly, with as little known about the film, im not sure whether we know enough to predict the title and at this point I can only presume that whatever the script is, that the title will probably give away everything else…Though that is really a wild guess with all we know for sure being the three will be in it, with rumors of a nightwing appeearing and a batman who uses drones.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I highly doubt the validity of that rumor, given the official material released revealing pre-hero supergirl was totally a thing in this universe (with some hints suggesting the possibility of Supergirl appearing, which isn’t that farfetched as Warner has tried doing films with the character in the past.)

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Ah. but given the contract, arn’t they required to do at least three films featuring her playing that character? That would require the films to occur I would think.

  • Mark Matson

    They should have gone with Floor Jansen. Yeah, she’s not an actress. Whatever. She’s an Amazon.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYjIlHWBAVo

  • Anonymous

    They aren’t required to do anything at all. The contract is only there to tie up the actor. If it binded the studio to make movies that cost hundreds of millions of dollars to make, multi-picture deals would be much rarer. For example, I’m pretty sure Ryan Reynolds and Mark Strong were both signed for than one Green Lantern movie but the film disappointed and Warner Bros was in no obligation to make a sequel.

  • Anonymous

    before it became clear that it could only be mistaken for a good movie by a nearsighted box turtle who’d had a very sheltered childhood.

    This is an awesome line and you should feel happy with yourself.

  • Mark Brown

    I agree with everything but that last sentence: DC has more interesting characters than they know what to do with.

    Literally, actually.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    Oh it is? I hadn’t realized. I heard about things like the hulk actor being quietly replaced and the thor actor threatening to walk, so I had simply assumed that it went both ways and was simply a risk studios took for big bucks.
    It sounds alot less interesting with that clarification.

  • Anonymous

    Are you talking about the Natalie Portman rumor? I never really believed it for that reason. Someone who’s been in the business for as long as she’s been had to know there wasn’t much she could do, whether she liked the change of director or not. My guess is that someone thought his story needed to be spiced up with some drama.

    The only person I know of who might have found a way out is Hugo Weaving, when he publicly said he wouldn’t like doing a Captain America sequel. I said “might” because they could still force him to come back anyway.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    The messy mechanicss of film making must be a bit over my head because I have trouble seeing why actors take such risks on the whole business. ^^;

  • Thomas Hayes

    That was a rumour based on pure speculation and is not true.

  • Thomas Hayes

    That rumour was based on speculation of a random blogger, and is not true.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had so many people tell me this news yesterday as if it is confirmation that there will be a Wonder Woman movie. As you pointed out, it isn’t. Multipicture contracts are standard for these films. IF the Superman sequel is a hit and IF she is well received in the role by the audience then she will be the actress in a Wonder Woman movie IF they can they get a script they like and IF they decide to make it.

    That’s a lot of IFs. And remember, Brandon Routh had a three picture contract for Superman. And we all know how that turned out.

  • http://www.aeryllou.tumblr.com/ Aeryl

    I am aware of that.

    But, considering the tone deaf nature of WB/DC, I find it all too plausible.

  • Rose Tyler

    I don’t mean to sound insulting to actors, because there are many many actors who I like and respect so much as artists, but — if you’re asking why actors take risks by signing multi-picture contracts, the answer is: money.

    … well, I can be kinder than that. It’s not QUITE “money,” it’s more, I expect, _job security_. Everybody’s gotta eat, and multi-picture contracts sound, to me, like a GREAT way to ensure a steady income. I mean, there’s the risk that the movie studio won’t produce the sequels you’re hoping they do — but IF the studio does, then signing a multi-picture contract is the closest a film actor can get to job security. Y’know?

  • Rose Tyler

    Well — I don’t think the Greco-Myth epics is quite the comparison. WW comes from a Greco-Myth _background_, but her story is all about how that background influences her life in the mortal realm. She’s much less “Clash’s” Perseus and much more Thor.

  • Anonymous

    What Rose said, and also the fact multi-picture deals means big movies with a lot of visibility. Even if an actor signs for less because he’s not famous before the first film (example, Hemsworth and Hiddleston for Thor), they can be a lot more famous coming out of the franchise.

  • Nuuni Nuunani

    I suppose, though if the studio apparently has the right to back out of it at any time should they decide its to much money…The whole system just looks precarious to me

  • Adrian

    At WB’s pace, it won’t come out until 2022, anyway.

  • Anonymous

    And to top it off, if you can still become a big star in another franchise and your clout will help you out. Just look at Jennifer Lawrence: she had a supporting role in X-Men First Class, then blew up with the Hunger Games and Silver Linings Playbook. X-Men planned filming the sequel around her because they knew leaving her out would lose them a lot of money, since a lot of people will go see the movie just because she’s in it.

  • Anonymous

    Troy was fantastic in my opinion, but that could be because Brad Pitt was amazing. But I still thought it was good even though there were no super powers.

  • TKS

    I don’t think it’s fair to say that WB’s “just starting out.” I mean, they’ve been at the superhero game since the 80′s. Marvel’s been making their own movies for a lot less time. Marvel’s the one’s just starting out. They just decided to be organized from the beginning.