1. DC is in a prime position to take advantage of a renewel of interest in comics
The last several years have seen comics make a huge surge in popularity. It’s hard to find a major blockbuster these days that isn’t an adaptation of one hero or another, from the Avengers to X-men, and even other sources like 300 and Sin City. Last year’s Man of Steel proved to be a commercial success, prompting a sequel to be titled Superman vs. Batman, evidence that DC is ready to throw its hat into the ring yet again. What better way to take advantage of this popularity that with one of DC’s most enduring and well-loved characters?
2. The Justice League movie
Right on the heels of Batman vs. Superman, a long-anticipated Justice League movie was announced. While Wonder Woman will undoubtedly appear in the Justice League, she’s also been tapped to appear in Batman vs. Superman. However, these two smaller appearances do not an origin story make; it doesn’t make much sense to not provide a detailed back-story for her since she’s a founding member of the Justice League.
3. The art of the unknown.
It caused no small stir when it was announced that Ben Affleck was slated to don the famous cape and cowl of Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel. Casting well-known actors in the role of superheroes is always tricky, especially when it’s such a popular character. Interestingly, Hollywood is enjoying a period of unknown actors being cast in major roles and becoming breakout stars. Tom Hiddleston is a prime example of this–before he donned the famous golden horns as Loki, he was a relatively unknown actor. Now, he’s a media darling and one of the most popular celebrities of the day. Wonder Woman would be a prime fit for a similarly unknown actress, and not only would it be a major star-vehicle, doing so would also avoid the problem of casting an actress who is too recognizable.
4. Mythology-based superheroes work.
One of the most popular excuses thrown out for not having made a Wonder Woman movie yet is that the general public is simply not interested in mythology or heroes based on myth. Marvel’s Thor and Thor: The Dark World have smashed this theory into the dust faster than a giant-smashing hammer. Both films were huge commercial successes and are fan favorites. This is all the more impressive because Thor was never seen as a very popular character on the level of Batman or Superman, yet he’s become a major box office draw in his own right.
Likewise, Wonder Woman’s backstory/universe is rich in lore. She also is often lumped into the background of other heroes’ stories. Just like Thor, she could very easily become a commercial success and introduce legions of new fans to a fascinating world through mythology.
5. Women are no longer a minority
Women are being viewed more and more as a viable demographic to market to. No longer are we seen as a fringe of the fandom population; our voices, and our dollars, are finally being counted and listened to. Marvel recognized that their audience was much more diverse than originally thought, and has shifted marketing as such…and is reaping the benefits. Wonder Woman would provide a similar opportunity for DC–she’s been a hero and idol to girls and women for decades.
6. Speaking of awesome women: Black Widow
The fan reaction to Black Widow (Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier) has been overwhelmingly positive. So popular has she proved, in fact, that there’s been no small demand for her to helm her own movie–and Marvel is listening. Rumors persist that she will be blazing her way into theaters on her own. This serves as proof positive that female superheroes aren’t just appealing to women; everyone is recognizing their merits. So popular has Black Widow proven that she’s getting her own run of comics again for the first time in years.
7. Audiences are tired of “grimdark” stories
Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy was a huge commercial and critical success. His gritty, realistic take on the Dark Knight resonated with audiences worlwide. However, by the third installment, The Dark Knight Rises, fans were disenchanted. True enough, it still grossed a huge take at the box office, but people by and large came away feeling that it was a “a downer”. The use of real life events (Occupy Wall Street, for example) proved to hit too close to home for many; it’s hard to feel sorry for millionaires who took advantage of the system. Escapism via movies is en vogue once more.
On the other hand, heroes who are unapologetically optimistic are popular again after seeming campy or ridiculous for a long time. Heroes like Captain America, Thor, and Spiderman are enjoying a renaissance of sorts. Wonder Woman can easily incorporate the best of both worlds: She’s a classic heroine full of classic imagery and values, but she’s also a truly gritty fighter.
8. Does the world really need another Superman or Batman movie?
To date, DC’s golden boys have appeared in literally hundreds of live-action and animated movies, to say nothing of all the TV series. Wonder Woman has had to content herself with riding on their coat tails (cape tails?) for the most part, though to be fair, she has also appeared in some absolutely stellar animated features. Be that as it may, they’re a sad handful compared to the stacks of Superman and Batman flicks. Even Catwoman enjoyed her own movie, however poorly executed that may have been.
9. The DC Universe is in desperate need of expansion
Wonder Woman would serve as a fantastic venue to expand the DC Universe and introduce other franchises to the mainstream. She has the name recognition and popularity to give other, lesser-known characters a much-needed boost; in turn, this would open the door to allow DC to expand their film universe instead of re-hashing the same story again and again.
10. She’s freaking WONDER WOMAN!
Seriously! This is the only reason anyone should ever need: She’s Wonder Woman for crying out loud. She’s been a mainstay of comics for over 70 years–there’s a reason she’s endured for so long. Her strength, kindness, determination, loyalty, and wisdom have made her an icon and idol for generations of young girls. Surely she deserves her own name up in lights by now. Surely girls of every age deserve to see her on the big screen.