The DC Extended Universe continues to grow as it heads towards its most pivotal day: the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on March 25, 2016. The day will be a defining moment in the DC movie canon, however, there are many other films in the works, and they seem to be attracting some heavyweight attention. This week, the DC brand gained some momentum, as it was revealed that Oscar winner Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to join the cast of Wonder Woman.
According to the Wrap, Nicole Kidman is in talks to play a high-ranking Amazonian warrior who will fight alongside Gal Gadot’s Princess Diana (AKA Diana Prince or Wonder Woman). Wonder Woman will make her big screen debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will unveil a host of new DC characters to the fans. The report speculates that Kidman could be looking at the role of Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, who is Wonder Woman’s biological mother. Details are yet to be confirmed, but this could be a huge role for the actress and the film itself.
Wonder Woman will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 2017. Patty Jenkins will be directing a script written by Jason Fuchs (Pan and La La Land). The film will seemingly explore Wonder Woman’s origin story, which will also introduce us to Steve Trevor (Chris Pine), the human who wins Diana’s heart, in a role that will be slightly different to the usual sidekick role associated with many superhero movies. Zack Snyder, who is directing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will be producing alongside Debra Snyder. Charles Rovan and Richard Suckle of Atlas Entertainment will also produce the film.
Nicole Kidman is no stranger to comic book movies, but it has been some time since she appeared in one. She played Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever back in 1995, alongside Val Kilmer who donned the dark cowl as Batman. The Oscar winner is also notable for taking and balancing genre and award-baiting roles. Many will expect her to be comfortable in the role, as the actress is nearly six feet in height, tall enough to portray an Amazonian woman in pretty convincing fashion.
The actress has expressed an interest in returning to a comic book franchise in the past. In a role recall interview with Yahoo Movies, Nicole Kidman explained that, as much as she loved starring in a Batman movie, she wished she had more to do. And she isn’t adverse to getting her hands dirty.
“I remember going, ‘I wish had more of a role, though. It’s great being the girl in the Batman movie… But I’m an actor and you go, ‘Gosh I want more to do.’ So I would still love to do some sort of superhero movie where I get to do the cool stuff.”
Negotiations are ongoing, but with Kidman expressing an interest in another superhero character, could we be seeing an A-list cast in Wonder Woman and any future DC projects? Only time will tell. Marvel have been doing it for some time, so if DC can follow suit, it could be a movie studio clash for the ages.
Kidman has a hectic schedule ahead of her. She will appear in the murder-mystery thriller Secret In Their Eyes, a remake of the 2009 Argentine film The Secret In Their Eyes, which is released in the UK on March 4, 2016. She will feature alongside Julia Roberts and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a district attorney investigating the brutal murder of a teenage girl. She has also wrapped on Garth Davis’ drama Lion and is attached to star in Adrian Lyne’s suspense thriller The Silent Wife. One key upcoming role for Kidman is in HBO drama Big Little Lies, where she will co-star with Reese Witherspoon. Kidman is producing the series, which could provide her some leeway should she be cast in Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman will be released in the US on June 23, 2017.
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