Dream Casting: The Wonder Woman sequels

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Jun 8, 2017

Dream Casting is an imaginative look at the casting process of potential Hollywood movies based on comics and other media. This isn't about the movies that are being made, this is about the movies that should be made, and who we think should star in them.

Wonder Woman was a much bigger success than anyone expected. The film, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Princess Diana and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, was by far the most critically acclaimed movie from the current DC Comics franchise and cleaned up at the box office. So whereas it might previously have been in doubt, it's now clear that there will be a direct sequel, and probably more than one.

With that in mind, I've used this inaugural Dream Casting to gather some characters who should appear in those sequels. Obviously Gal Gadot would return as Wonder Woman, probably alongside Connie Nielsen as Hippolyta. It would also be great to see more of Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, although a time jump might rule that out. While Patty Jenkins has not yet signed on for any sequels, there's a good chance she'll return as well, given the first film's success.

To be clear, I'm not implying that all of the characters listed below should appear in Wonder Woman 2, as that would really crowd the movie. But I wanted to present some options, and if there are multiple sequels they could get around to all of them eventually.

Here we go!

Natalia Dyer as Wonder Girl

The DCEU doesn't seem very enthusiastic about the whole 'teenage sidekick' idea, but with the warmer tone of Wonder Woman I think there's definitely room for Diana's adopted little sister Donna Troy. Forget all the complicated continuity from the comics and make her an American orphan who Diana took to Paradise Island years ago, where she was raised to fight like an Amazon. Dyer's already done some fighting in Stranger Things, and this could be a perfect next step for her.

Kristian Nairn as Ferdinand

If you've seen him in interviews, you know that Nairn can be quite charming when he has more words to say than "Hodor." He's also enormous, which makes him ideal to play the minotaur who once worked as Diana's personal chef.

Roberta Colindrez as Io

We met so many Amazons in the first movie, but somehow one of the best ones was left out. Colindrez will be memorable as the androgynous Amazon blacksmith who harbors a crush on Wonder Woman.

Sofia Boutella as Cheetah

Sofia Boutella is gorgeous, but she's already become known for playing aliens, monsters and murderers. She can certainly handle the dual role of archaeologist Barbara Ann Minerva and her deadly alter ego. Of all Wonder Woman's villains, Cheetah's probably the most likely to appear in a sequel, but I've gathered some other options as well ...

Charlize Theron as Baroness Paula Von Gunther

The Baroness works best if you set the sequel during World War II, when she's a spymaster for the Nazis. She's also a hedonist who loves to wear fancy clothes and surround herself with beautiful female servants. Theron has worked with Patty Jenkins before, and this is the sort of role she could really sink her teeth into. Warner Bros has said the current plan is not to do a WWII movie, but you never know what the future might hold.

Rosamund Pike as Veronica Cale

On the other hand, Dr. Veronica Cale is a perfect villain for the 21st century. As a scientist and businesswoman with a grudge, she's basically Wonder Woman's own Lex Luthor. Pike could bring that same coldblooded glamour and brilliance that we saw in Gone Girl.

Key and Peele as Deimos and Phobos

If Ares is really dead, it makes a lot of sense for his sons to show up seeking revenge against Diana. They've varied widely in appearance over their history in the comics, so my priority in casting was the chemistry they'd have together. In Fargo, we saw that Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele can step into other franchises while keeping the magic of their partnership alive, and I think they could bring humor to the Gods of Panic and Fear while still maintaining a sense of menace.

Peter Dinklage as Dr. Psycho

Dr. Psycho is an avowed misogynist with psychic illusion-creating powers and a particular hatred for Wonder Woman. In the comics, he's often been a pretty negative portrayal of a little person, but I think you could make him work in a movie by making him more dashing and confident while still sexist and evil. Dinklage is one of the best actors of any size working today and has a lot to bring to what would be a very verbose character.

Eva Green as Circe

This is almost too easy, casting Green as an evil sorceress. But Circe is one of Diana's greatest villains, and Green could believably go head-to-head with Gal Gadot. She could also wear a more substantial costume while still being appropriately sultry.

Megan Anderson as Giganta

Anderson isn't an actress, she's an MMA fighter. But Giganta is a role that arguably requires more physicality than acting chops. Anderson's six feet tall and her very muscular frame is perfect for the brutal strongwoman, and if you go modern with it, she wouldn't even need to cover her tattoos.

Hayley Kiyoko as Danielle Wellys

Wellys is a complicated character who only appeared in one story, the graphic novel Wonder Woman: The Hiketeia, in which Diana's oath to protect her leads to a conflict with Batman. I don't think there's anyone who wouldn't enjoy watching Gal Gadot beat up Ben Affleck, and Kiyoko would be the perfect choice to play the young criminal who brings that about.