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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Jaimie Alexander in Talks with Warner Bros. for Wonder Woman?


Well, that's much better than a LEGO movie...

In what has to be one of the biggest comic book movie casting no-brainers in a long while, Forbes has revealed that Jaimie Alexander has had talks with Warner Bros., possibly for the role of Wonder Woman.

The 29-year-old actress, best known as the Asgardian warrior Sif in the two Thor movies for Disney/Marvel, attended the comics and pop-culture convention Stan Lee's Comikaze Expo at the Los Angeles Convention Center and moderated the AMC movie panel "Movie Talk."  During the panel, the discussion moved onto the subject of a possible Marvel/DC superhero team-up movie someday, with Alexander surprising people by mentioning she has had discussions with "both companies" about superhero movies — "both" being Marvel and Warner Bros.

Alexander then answered a question about Ben Affleck's casting as Batman for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman (or whatever it ends up being called) and expressed her approval, noting the previous criticism of Michael Keaton back in 1989.  She followed up, remarking that her confidence of Affleck in the role is due to that she "kind of knows the storyline for that movie."

Oh, really?  And why would Marvel's Sif know anything about a DC Comics movie?

After the panel, Forbes asked Alexander about how much should be read into her comments talking to both Marvel and DC Comics/Warner Bros.  "I would love for DC to put Wonder Woman in one of their upcoming flicks," she replied, "either in her own movie or Batman vs. Superman, or just something even to introduce her."  She then focused more on the question, providing a more delicate response.  "Being in the comic book world, we know a lot of the same people at DC and Marvel, so we hear a lot of things, but it’s all speculation right now.  But I would absolutely love that [Wonder Woman appearing in one of the upcoming films].  Thankfully and gratefully, I’m appreciative to the people who ask my opinion of the character, and that’s been pretty amazing."

Alexander was asked her about Sif's two appearances proving there's potential for a great Wonder Woman movie.  "I’m a huge fan of Wonder Woman," she said.  "I really think if this is the closest that we’re ever going to get to Wonder Woman, then I’m proud to play Sif.  I hope that other comic book entities can learn a lesson from Marvel in how to execute a female character the way it should be done."  She also commented on the lack of many female role models in comic book films, but doesn't want them rushed or done poorly.  "I really would like to one day see a Wonder Woman film or Wonder Woman character, but until it’s done with class, I’d rather it not be done."

There have been a number of speculative rumors that Wonder Woman could be introduced in Batman vs. Superman, or held until a following Justice League movie, or featured in her own solo movie, or something else entirely.  It's hard to say exactly what will happen right now, but at the very least, there's going to be a third Thor movie unless for some inexplicable reason, Thor: The Dark World tanks at the box office.

And what if Marvel wants to do a Sif spinoff film, if only to beat Wonder Woman to the big screen?  "I would love for there to be a spinoff film," said Alexander.  "I would absolutely say ‘Yes!’  If the fans want it and there’s a strong enough desire for it, it will happen.  So, fingers crossed!"

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