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Since the seventies, moviegoers have been used to lining up for big blockbusters. While some see them as primarily about male protagonists (in everything from Jaws to Avatar) it is easy to forget there have been some excellent female big hitters as well and today we will be focusing on two in particular - Wonder Woman and Lara Croft.
Wonder Woman is a relative newcomer to the world of video games, with her most recent appearance coming in the shape of an online game: the Wonderwoman online casino slot game at Guts, a five-reel, 40-payline experience that features the likeness of Lynda Carter. The game is one of a number of comic book heroes on the books at Guts, a site that also features a modern Batman slot.
Injustice (and its recent sequel) was, on the surface, a one-on-one beat 'em up featuring DC superheroes such as Superman, »
- Harry Hughes
Image Source: Getty / Desiree Navarro Gal Gadot became the first woman to headline a superhero film in more than a decade thanks to Wonder Woman, and she has Beyoncé to thank for that. In an interview with W Magazine in April, the former Miss Israel revealed that she used Beyoncé's music to help her get in the right mindset for her Wonder Woman audition. "When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn't know it was for Wonder Woman," Gal said. "The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy number one, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. 'Who runs the world? Girls!' I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!" Image Source: Giphy Ironically, Beyoncé has also taken inspiration from the DC comic book character. In the 2010 music video for "Telephone" with Lady Gaga, Beyoncé channeled her inner Wonder Woman, wearing a star-spangled outfit with her brown hair perfectly teased like Lynda Carter's, the original Wonder Woman. »
- Monica Sisavat
While he starred as The Joker -- one of the DC Universe's most notorious villains -- in last year's Suicide Squad, Leto couldn’t help but heap praise on the super heroine when Et's Courtney Tezeno caught up with him at the premiere of HBO's new documentary series, The Defiant Ones, on Thursday.
"I saw the film. I loved it. I thought it was incredible. They did such a good job, »
Congratulations to the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s Class of 2018!
On Thursday, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the A-list roster of actors, musicians and television personalities, and the celebrity recipients took to social media to share the happy news.
“I am beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received the news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Bindi Irwin, 18, wrote on Instagram to celebrate her late father Steve Irwin‘s honor.
“Dad changed the world by reaching out to people through their television screens to bring them »
- Karen Mizoguchi
Bindi Irwin is "beyond excited" for her father's latest honor.
Related: Bindi Irwin Pays Tribute to Late Father Steve on His 55th Birthday
"Beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, »
The Walk of Fame is getting even more star-studded. On Thursday afternoon, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the lucky honorees who will be receiving a star in 2018. For the category of television, Anthony Anderson, Gillian Anderson, Lynda Carter, Simon Cowell, RuPaul, Taraji P. Henson, Eric McCormack, Ryan Murphy, Niecy Nash, Mandy Patinkin and Shonda Rhimes will all be celebrated. In addition, the late Steve Irwin will also be recognized for his contributions. "I am beyond excited to share with you all that we have just received the news that Dad will be honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame," Bindi Irwin shared on Instagram. "Dad changed the world by reaching out »
Can you say #CoupleGoals?
Gal Gadot's husband, Yaron Varsano, is officially her number one fan.
Varsano took to Instagram on Thursday to praise his superhero wife by wearing a t-shirt that says it all.
“#mywife #therealwonderwoman ❤️,” Varsano captioned the sweet pic.
Gadot, 32, and Varsano tied the knot in 2008 and have two daughters — Alma, 5, and Maya, who was born this past March.
Hear more on Gadot’s intense preparations to become Wonder Woman in the video below.
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batgirl, Justice League Dark, Suicide Squad 2, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Arrow, Batman: The Animated Series, Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Cloak & Dagger, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Gambit, The Gifted, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen, Ninjak vs. The Valiant Universe, Misfits and more…
This edition of the Week in Spandex is dedicated to Adam West, who sadly passed away on Friday evening aged 88, after a short battle with cancer. West was of course known to millions around the world as the star of the classic 1960s TV series Batman, and a childhood hero to many readers of this column I’m sure. R.I.P. Bright Night…
- Gary Collinson
Wonder Woman is currently the No. 1 movie in the U.S. and has received an overwhelmingly positive response from critics and fans around the globe.
The Patty Jenkins-directed superhero film broke the glass ceiling, earning $103.3 million in its opening weekend and becoming the highest-grossing domestic opening for a female director. While Warner Bros. has yet to confirm a sequel, it seems likely that Gal Gadot will return as the beloved heroine – and Jenkins would love nothing more than to direct the second installment.
"We're working on it," Jenkins told Conan O'Brien on Thursday during an appearance on his talk show about directing a sequel. "I hope to, I love it, I love the world, and we’re all really excited about it."
Related: Everything You Need to Know About 'Wonder Woman,' the DC »
Gal Gadot wasn’t exactly the go-to choice for Wonder Woman. Sure, she looks the part just fine, but her filmography up until that point wasn’t indicative of a big star on the rise. Sure, she had a pretty good part in the Fast & Furious franchise, but when all said and done, I wouldn’t have said she had “leading lady” potential. Gadot seemed like a model who would best find herself suited in limited side roles that kept her from revealing too many of her acting weaknesses.
Even after her role in Batman v Superman, it wasn’t quite clear that she would have what it takes to take the lead in her own standalone film. It turns out fans weren’t the only one to have real doubts about the casting of Gadot as Wonder Woman. Speaking with Playboy, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins expressed her initial »
- Joseph Medina
Fans came out in droves for Wonder Woman last weekend, with a record breaking debut of $103.2 million, the highest opening weekend ever for a female-directed movie. A bunch of lucky fans in New York City got a special surprise, when stars Gal Gadot and Chris Pine made a surprise appearance, along with director Patty Jenkins and producer Charles Roven. Gal Gadot shared a brief video on social media from this surprise appearance, and we also have a new report that reveals Wonder Woman set another record as well, in terms of social media.
Gal Gadot shared this video on her Facebook page, which shows her, Chris Pine, Patty Jenkins and producer Charles Roven, getting ready to surprise this unsuspecting crowd. Gal Gadot keeps recording when they all walk into the theater, where they receive a thundering reception from the New York City crowd, with Gal Gadot exclaiming "This is so much fun! »
After breaking a historic box office record, “Wonder Woman” has broken another record, becoming the most tweeted-about movie of 2017 in the United States.
“Wonder Woman” has garnered more than 2.19 million tweets so far this year, according to exclusive information obtained by Variety from Twitter.
Those 2.19 million tweets make “Wonder Woman” the most popular movie on Twitter of 2017, surpassing “La La Land” and “Beauty and the Beast,” which topped the box office this year with over $1.2 billion internationally, but came in third place on Twitter.
Aside from the film as a whole, Wonder Woman, also known as Diana Prince, also ranks the most tweeted-about film character of the year. Gal Gadot plays the title heroine in the flick. Her co-star Chris Pine’s character, Steve Trevor, currently ranks as the third most tweeted-about film character of 2017. Batman came in second place.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Into every generation, one iconic kick-ass female superhero is born, and Buffy is still that for a legion of fans. Captain America: The First Avenger In case you need another dose of an inherently good and compassionate hero who fights Nazis and gets swept up in an amazing but ultimately doomed wartime romance. Supergirl TV’s latest superhero kicks ass and constantly references the women who came before her, in the form of appearances from former Supergirls and Wonder Womans like Helen Slater and Lynda Carter. Wonder Woman Lynda Carter started it all when she played »
- Linda Ge
Want to hear a metal version of the Wonder Woman theme? Which superhero would Baywatch star Priyanka Chopra like to play? Which comic books influence Spider-Man: Homecoming? When will the fifth season of Arrow hit home video? Will Lynda Carter ever get a chance to cameo in the Wonder Woman franchise? All that and more […]
- Ethan Anderton
Thanks to grass-root actions including last winter’s women’s march, there’s been an increased focus on exploring women’s intellect. But a scan of programming choices across the television dial suggests that we also care about their brawn.
From NBC’s “Blindspot”to AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” recent years have seen plenty of heroines who can handle a roundhouse kick or brandish a katana while still landing piercing dialogue and saving the day while picking up a paramour or two.
“Blindspot” and “Supergirl” executive producer Sarah Schechter would like to see even more shows like them because “diversity and representation is so important so that people can feel inspired.” Among Schechter and producing partner Greg Berlanti’s latest projects is the upcoming CW series “Black Lightning” which follows a retired superhero who gets back in the game on the insistence of his teenage daughter.
- Whitney Friedlander
Stars: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Eugene Brave Rock, Lucy Davis, Elena Anaya, Ann Wolfe, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Ann Ogbomo, James Cosmo, Martin Bishop | Written by Allan Heinberg | Directed by Patty Jenkins
“Sir, if you don’t mind my saying, I’ve seen you go through similar phases in 2016 and 2012, and 2008 and 2005. 1997, 1995, 1992 and 1989… and that weird one in 1966” – Lego Alfred Pennyworth, reeling off Lego Batman’s cinematic CV, in The Lego Batman Movie.
That’s nine movies referenced, and at this point, Batman has been around long enough on the big screen to earn a good ribbing in Lego Batman, his place in the collective moviegoing consciousness assured and universal. The other member of the Big Two, Superman, has almost as many IMDb credits to his name, and the pair are so recognisable and iconic by now that DC »
- Joel Harley
With a huge box office opening and critical acclaim, it’s little surprise that Patty Jenkins will be returning for Wonder Woman 2 along with Gal Gadot. Taking to Twitter, Jenkins confirmed that they were trying to get original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter to cameo in the film and that it will take place in modern day America. Read more here.
A New Team Thor?
Chris Hemsworth has taken to social media to share a behind-the-scenes video from the set of Avengers: Infinity War, where he stumbles upon a “secret Avengers rehearsal”, featuring a table of action figures set up by directors Joe and Anthony Russo – and, much like Captain America: Civil War, the God of Thunder seems to be missing out of the action. »
- Luke Owen
It’s breaking box office records and winning critical plaudits around the world – but Wonder Woman would be nothing without its threads. Sean Wilson talks to Oscar-winning costumer Lindy Hemming about the movie…
After several false starts the DC Extended Universe has finally got itself on track with Wonder Woman, director Patty Jenkins’ terrific, character-led blockbuster that fuses striking action with humour and surprising levels of pathos and emotion.
There’s lots to admire about the movie, Gal Gadot’s winning central performance for one, and one of its greatest achievements resides in the level of costume design. I caught up with designer Lindy Hemming, responsible for the likes of Topsy-Turvy, Casino Royale and Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, about the challenges of communicating Wonder Woman’s design to a contemporary audience.
So in your words Lindy, how do you define the role of a costume designer and what »
- Sean Wilson
Audiences were rightly won over this weekend as Wonder Woman finally made it to her very own movie, mere decades after she was first created around WWII (and several years after her male DC counterparts like Superman, Batman, even frickin’ Green Lantern). But before her first big-screen starring role, the Amazon Princess has been kicking ass on various small screens for quite a while now, starting with 1967’s Who’s Afraid Of Diana Prince. Burger Fiction has helpfully compiled many of her other battles, including saving the Brady Kids in a 1972 cartoon in her 1940s garb, then moving on to Super Friends, and a bizarre 1974 TV movie with a blond Cathy Lee Crosby as Ww, which helped kick off the iconic TV series starring Lynda Carter.
- Gwen Ihnat
Following Wonder Woman’s stellar $223 million opening weekend, producer Zack Snyder has taken to social media platform Vero to reveal that he has a cameo in the film, with the Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice helmer appearing as an Allied soldier during the scene where Wonder Woman liberates the German-occupied village before posing for her photograph…
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American »
- Gary Collinson
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