Every superhero movie lives or dies with its main star. If Henry Cavill had not joined the fans, they would still not wait Man of Steel 2. In the same way, Gal Gadot was important to do Wonder Woman the hit turned out to be.
Before her debut as a character, filmmakers only knew Gadot as Gisele Fast and furious movies. She brought the character to life. But picking up a hero takes a village. Or rather an island paradise inhabited by the Amazon warriors.
Finding the right actress to lead them proved to be the real challenge. Thankfully, director Patty Jenkins had a hand in finding the right woman for the job. She just took a little convincing at first.
Zack Snyder introduced Wonder Woman to DCEU
The audience first met Gadot’s Diana Prince alias Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In that film, she and Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) both investigate Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). And the pair finally quit Superman (Henry Cavill) in their fight against Doomsday.
So while Jenkins created a world that surrounds the character, director Zack Snyder actually played Gadot. It was his film – as divisive as it may be among critics – that brought Wonder Woman to the screen. In addition, Snyder established the movie setting for Wonder Woman and much of its supporting role.
But Themiscyra – Wonder Woman‘S homeland – fell to Jenkins. Snyder acted as producer on the film, but Jenkins directed the production. She needed to find the right women to mentor Diana Prince. Robin Wright’s Antiope trained Diana in battle. But who would play his mother, Queen Hippolyta?
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Patty Jenkins objected to casting a “tough” actress for a key role
Nicole Kidman was originally connected to take on the role of the Amazon Queen. But because of obligations to Big Little Lies, Kidman couldn’t join the DC Extended Universe before Aquaman. In that film she played Atlanna, Queen of Atlantis.
In the end, Jenkins took on Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) as the Hippolyta. But she didn’t want to meet her first. In a new chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Nielsen told how Snyder struggled for Jenkins to even meet her for Wonder Woman.
It’s funny because it was Zack Snyder who kept telling Patty, “I really think you should meet Connie Nielsen. I really think she’s right for this role. “Patty was like, ‘Oh, no, she’s this tough girl and I’m not looking for a tough woman for this.’ Zack then said: “I really don’t think so. I think you should meet her. “I had to fly to London just before Christmas.
When Jenkins and Nielsen discussed the part, the band was pretty immediate, the actress told THR. Nielsen described her first meeting and said she “immediately fell into this comrade-in-arms kind of feeling” with Jenkins. And at the end of a four-hour lunch, the director found her Hippolyta.
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Connie Nielsen returns as Hippolyta again in ‘Wonder Woman 1984’
The casting worked beautifully in the finished film. In particular, Nielsen shares some poignant moments with Gadot, as the latter ventures into the men’s world. And the role has been an ongoing role for Nielsen. The actress returned as Hippolyta for the 2017 century Justice League.
In addition, Nielsen will return Wonder Woman 1984. However, trailers for the film did not really give any indication of what role she will play in the sequel. Still, fans will love the chance to see more of her. And to think that Jenkins almost didn’t meet Nielsen in the first place.