Wonder Woman to Appear in Batman-Superman? WB’s Greg Silverman Addresses Rumors

Wonder Woman

Exec promises action, excitement in dual superhero pic

There’s been plenty of buzz that Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman vs. Superman” film will feature an appearance by Wonder Woman, and Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production, addressed the rumor Monday at the Variety Entertainment & Tech Summit.

When asked by Variety‘s Claudia Eller whether the film would introduce other DC Comics superheroes, such as Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash, to reunite part of the Justice League, Silverman took the idea of Wonder Woman and ran with it.

“We have been doing a lot of thinking for years about how to best use all those characters and we love them,” Silverman said. “Wonder Woman is an amazing character. I think it’s a great opportunity both for box office success, but also to have an amazingly powerful female superhero.”

“Is she going to have her own separate movie or is she going to be a part of this?” Eller asked.

“We are taking it all very seriously and are trying to do a plan that’s respectful to those characters and maximizes the stories as best they can,” Silverman said, dodging the question. “So everything that has been speculated are things that we’ve thought about.”

Silverman also addressed the studio’s controversial casting of Ben Affleck as Batman — fans even signed a petition urging Warner Bros. to remove Affleck from the film — standing by Warner’s choice of the Oscar winner for the role.

“We knew going in that we had more information than the general public had,” he said. “We knew what the take of the movie was, we knew what the character was going to be. We don’t take these decisions lightly. We thought about everybody — brand new people, established people. Ben is the perfect guy to play this role.”

And although he didn’t give any details away about how Affleck’s character will interact with Henry Cavill’s Superman (“they both will be wearing suits, there are capes involved, there will be action, there will be excitement”), he did stress that Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer’s story will do both characters justice.

“They’ve crafted a great story,” he said. “I mean, this is where it all comes from for us. It’s just a great story that involves these amazing characters.”

He also discussed the studio’s latest project with J.K. Rowling — the adaptation of her Hogwarts textbook, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” into a film about that book’s fictitious author, Newt Scamander.

“We have decided as a company that we are going to support J.K. Rowling in her artistic endeavors,” he said. “She’s been a huge part of our success, and (our CEO Kevin Tsujihara) and her really have a great relationship.”

And unlike other writers who work with the studio, Silverman said that Rowling has no script deadline.

“Every writer at Warner Bros. has a deadline, unless you’ve been involved in a multibillion-dollar franchise,” he said.

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  1. Hubaid ALi says:

    Finally a female superhero it would be awesome if they add Wonder Woman !
    Jaime Alexander would be a perfect Amazonian princess

  2. julianrmunds says:

    Reblogged this on THE EXTREMIS REVIEW and commented:
    Finally a female Superhero character. But I fear in a film with both Superman and Batman, Wonderwoman would be relegated to cliched female sidekick that needs rescuing from the men.

  3. julianrmunds says:

    Certainly a wonderful idea. I don’t know why WB refuses to try out a Wonder Woman solo film. She has been a mainstay in DC for decades. Surely this is a good idea. But WB seems to think, (and this is because they allowed all the director’s complete creative control) Batman is the only character that can sell tickets. WB just seems to still think Comics aren’t sellable. Adaptations have to be so far away from the comic sources to be marketable. Disney and yes, Sony have understood that the source material is golden and can sell with only a few minor changes. That is why Marvel will out step them at every angle. WB is embarrassed by nerds.

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  4. Shawn says:

    I don’t care if SuperPope and the Incredible Naked PlayBunny are in the movie, I won’t see the movie with Ben A$$leck as Batman… and I’m sure thousands of actual fans will feel the same way. And that’s hard for me to say as a 2nd generation Batman fan with thousands of dollars worth of old Batman comics. I tolerated Mr Clooney’s effort, but Affleck is out of bounds. I’m out.

  5. julianrmunds says:

    Fantastic news. Now hopefully she’ll be the well well written heroine that she is and not some bimbo that will need the men to rescue her at every corner.

    (Keep Stephen Moffat far away from this project. LOL!)

    Wonderful news and happy fandom!

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  6. emily says:

    Kate beckinsale or ali larter for wonder woman

  7. cajunjew says:

    Y’all are all wrong. Alexandra Daddario is the only logical choice to play Wonder Woman.

  8. Matt says:

    Don’t know if it would be that much of a good idea to put in Wonderwoman just to be a kind of a “filler”-character in the movie, that would be a pitty.

    Depends on what they are thinking about, a younger or like batman a more mature Wonder Woman. In case of a mature one, I would love to see Jennifer Connelly playing her. Would be a great choice in my opinion.
    I somehow have Jessica Biel and Rooney Mara on my mind, if it comes to a younger cast, but would preferr Connelly to be honest.

  9. Bob says:

    1) Gemma Arterton – She’s a good actress who has gotten better with each film, looks beatiful, and has charisma. She is known a little but has yet to have a role that defines her. This is the role that would.

    2) Emily Blunt – The most famous actress on this list. A great actress and has the beauty as well. Well known but not to the degree of like
    where her name would overshadow Wonder Womans name, like putting Angelina Jolie in the role if you get what Im saying.

    3) Morena Baccarin – She’s got the acting and looks for the part. Well known among fans for doing genre work like Firefly, V, and Homeland but not to well known.

    So yea. Gina Carano would be my fourth but still iffy on her even though she is mad sexy and a badass.

  10. Neal Scott says:

    The film is gonna blow seriously if Wonder Woman is included, of course, Hollywood tends to think that fans are stupid and we don’t know what we want. They’re seriously wrong. They’ll waste all that money for nothing for very little in return.

    • I beg to differ…WW is part of the Trinity that is DC Comics and she can have a very important role in this movie…they just need to remember that she is a Greek Warrior as well a Demigod along the lines of Hercules, being the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta and all around bad a$$

  11. Putting Wonder Woman in this film would be a mistake. There would be no time for an origin story in a movie that has to introduce Batman as well. Man of Steel sucked, now we have an actor that is as uncharismatic as Cavill playing Batman. I’m just hoping they don’t completely screw it up by pitting them against each other. The two heroes have An awesome comic series where they’re partners which provides a wealth of storylines to draw upon. Wonder Woman deserves her own movie, with her Amazon history and skimpy outfit intact.

  12. It is wonderful to see “Gregarious” Greg Silverman mention Wonder Woman, Batman and Superman in the same sentence! If Warner Bros is putting the DC Trinity on the cinematic table, then the time is ripe for the JUSTICE LEAGUE of AMERICA movie! Like Harry, Hermione and Weasley, the JLA is a multi-billion dollar franchise just waiting to happen!

  13. TheOtherOtherMattDamon says:

    I never really got why Affleck got all the hate. He played a Marvel comics character in two flops and suddenly he can’t be an actor in another comic book film? I think it worked pretty good for Cap’s actor. And sure compared to John Hamm he doesn’t really look like really any incarnation of Bruce Wayne but then again neither did any of the others, hell Keaton was the closest to even having black hair. Plus it makes his Buttman Adventures cover in Mallrats all the more hilarious.

    • Affleck lacks the ability to convey the intimidation that is the character of Batman. None of the actors that have portrayed him have, really. Keaton, Kilmer, and Clooney didn’t even try it. Bale was so short (Caine as Alfred was taller than he was) he had to resort to using that ridiculous gravel voice to intimidate. Every role where Affleck tried to play tough or even rugged has been downright laughable.

  14. mos says:

    YVONNE STRAHOVSKI -> she can act, she can fight, just dye her hair black and she is PERFECT for wonder woman!

  15. The Kingslayer says:

    Jamie Alexander should play Wonder Woman. I like Carano but she can’t act, plus she dated Henry Cavill recently which could make things weird.

  16. Gina Carano is Wonder Woman! I’m not here to insult others favorites so don’t insult mine. Acting is not an inborn talent, anybody can learn to act. Time and experience is what makes a good actor/actress..

    • Shawn says:

      Luv is right. Consider Milla Jovovich; She was just a model. But she stunned almost everyone who saw Fifth Element, and her career continued to grow after that.

    • Douglas Deru says:

      That couldn’t be more wrong . . you can learn to act to a certain extent, but screen presence is something you either have or you don’t have. Gina Carano is nice to look at and did her job well in “Haywire,” but I didn’t see a ton of acting talent. Good direction can make a poor actor decent and a decent actor good, but there’s no reason to add a degree of difficulty to the WW role.

      • Gina Carano has a powerful presence on screen that I had never seen in female action stars in a long time! This girl is natural in camera compared to those actress who pretend to be tough but they end up looking like an idiot. You didn’t see a ton of acting talent because it was her first film and Soderberg concept was to keep her natural that’s why he didn’t let her take any acting lesson.

  17. Jonathan Michaels says:

    As much as I wholeheartedly support Affleck as Batman, his casting has made Wonder Woman problematic.

    Since Affleck and Cavill are both fairly big dudes, they have to find an actress tall enough not to be dwarfed by them.

    She IS an Amazon, after all.

    • Becca says:

      Well, on paper Affleck is taller than Cavill. Movie magic can compensate. Height is highly overrated anyway since being a couple inches shorter or taller doesn’t make Superman’s power anymore believable. Same goes for Wonder Woman.

      • Bamador says:

        Height is a non issue with movie adaptations of comic books. Wolverine, in the comics, is around 5’3″, while Hugh Jackman is 6’2″ and he has been playing the role for over a decade and no one has complained (much).

  18. MPV says:

    I hope they will finally have Wonderwoman in the movies, but they should recast Antje Traue to play her, I know she played a DC character already as the villains (Faora) but in Man of Steel she showed she can fight, do great action scenes and she is a good actress, all which is needed for Diana… not many actresses can play convincing warriors, act and show the enough charisma.

    • Umm just to correct you it was Samantha Jo did all those fight scenes not Antje Traue.

      • Hmm that’s weird the DVD is not even out yet! Btw the fight scenes was done by Samantha Jo and it’s not like it so many of them. If I remember Sup and Fao only had 2 big fights.

      • MPV says:

        in all the extras in the DVD there is Antje Traue doing them, of course actors can´t do the most dangerous stuff because of policy securities, but the actors themselves did as much as possible. They also did all the training along side the stunt people.

    • Jede says:

      Officials of DC and MARVEL been confirmed that no actors/actresses can portray characters who exists in the same universe as characters they have previously portrayed (You can look that up if you care to read that which they’ve said).

      • MPV says:

        yeah! I know… just expressing wishful thinking… and anyway, Chris Evans played two different Marvel characters, I know one is for Marvel/Disney movies and the other for the Marvel/Fox, but nevertheless… then there is Ryan Raynolds, who played a character in DC and one in Marvel… sometimes when studios want, they make exceptions to their own rules, not that I´m saying this could be the case, anyway .

      • Bobby says:

        @Bamador, Fantastic Four isn’t in the same universe as The Avengers (though that new one they’re doing probably will be). The MCU started with Iron Man in 2008 and those movies that have followed.

      • Bamador says:

        Sticky situation there, kind of, when you take into account Chris Evans played both Captain America and the Human Torch (Fantastic 4 I and II) which are both Marvel characters (although Fantastic 4’s rights are owned by Sony not Disney) and Ray Stevenson who play Volstag in Thor I and II as well as Frank Castle in Punisher: War zone, again both Marvel characters. It should be noted here as well that Punisher was owned, until recently by someone other than Disney.

  19. Mary says:

    PLEASE I don’t want Gina Carano to do WWoman, she can fight but she’s terrible actress! :-/

    • js says:

      It’s not what YOU want. Saying this is like Batman fanboys barking about Affleck.

      • Shawn says:

        Affleck’s a Tinseltown sweetheart. THAT’s the only reason he got any film cred. Look at the BIG picture — Daredevil sucked, Sum of All Fears sucked, and Armageddon was infantile — all movies along the same fan-lines. Not to mention at least ten other movies with promise shattered by his inability to act.

        He’s a stiff, two-dimensional fool. The only time people like him is when they can relate to his level of stupid.

        Hollywood is lucky there are enough dumb consumer lemmings who will go see whatever it vomits out, or else no one with any sense would see an Affleck film.

        LOVE AND KISSES;

        Shawn — just some meaningless film-goer

      • Mary says:

        ACT is about NATURAL SKILLS, of course you can learn things in life BUT not become into an actor or into a doctor because you have to or you want to… and she’s trying hard I’m sure but is not her gift, she’s a GREAT fighter and claps for her but she’s not an actress, is not about being a Henry’s fan, is about observation, is like she’s reading. But she has a great team and that’s why she got jobs until now (and of course her fight skill) maybe she’ll get WWoman¿?

      • Bamador says:

        True, but Affleck has acting experience, plus he has won 2 Oscars…
        Ok So it was for Screen play and directing, but he still has been in more movies than Carano has had fights (at least ones that paid).

    • Jede says:

      Her acting skill will become honed enough before they begin filming the movie. We’ll see the best (I’m not simply speaking in positivity. This is real)

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