Female superheroes have not been given their due for very many years since many of them have not been given the right storytelling and screen time, and in cases where they do, they hardly ever get the opportunity to show how good they really are when it comes to their superpowers. This situation is what made the Wonder Woman movie such a big deal because it was time for a woman to shine, and she did exactly that.
As you would expect, many women would have loved to play this amazing role, since there's no way such a role could be small or leave the actress the same way she was before playing the role. For sure, Gal Gadot has not been the same since she played this amazing role, and we cannot wait for the next Wonder Woman movie, which is sure to be better than the first one but still star the amazing Gal Gadot. Here are 20 actresses that were considered for the role before Gadot finally took it up.
19 Jaimie Alexander
Jaimie Alexander is an American actress who launched her acting career in the film The Other Side in 2003. She became famous because of her role as Jessi in the popular television series Kyle XY, and as Sif in the 2011 Marvel superhero film Thor and its 2013 sequel. Jaimie was one of the people considered for the role of Wonder Woman.
She knew it would be difficult for her to get the role since she was already in a contract with Marvel, a subsidiary of Walt Disney Studios while Wonder Woman is a DC film. However, her role as Sif is still considered as Marvel’s Wonder Woman. Jaime currently stars in the hit television series Blindspot.
18 Jessica Biel
Born in 1982, Jessica Biel started her acting career at the age of nine. She gained fame for her role as Mary Camden in the television series 7th Heaven and has since starred in many hit films and appeared as a guest star in many television series. In 2007, she was one of the actresses considered for the role of Wonder Woman in the film Justice League: Mortal but unfortunately the film was canceled.
She was still on the list for the new Wonder woman film but lost to Gadot. Jessica has since been busy acting in the movies Accidental Love, The Book of Love, and Shock and Awe. She is also producing a murder mystery series The Sinner.
17 Megan Fox
Megan Fox started her acting career in 2001. She debuted her career in film in the comedy Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen and received her breakthrough role in the film Transformers in 2007. Rumor had it that Megan was set to play Wonder Woman, but she later denied even getting an offer to play the role. It was clear she would not make the part because she even made fun of the character.
Fans of the film said she was not tall enough for the role. Her latest roles have been in the popular films Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and its sequel. She is set to appear in the movie Zeroville in August this year.
16 Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie is one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses. She is known for her famous roles in blockbuster films such as Maleficent, Wanted, Tomb Raider, The Tourist, Salt, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith and many more.
Director Joss Whedon wanted Angelina to play the role of Wonder Woman because he said her character in real life was very similar to Diana’s in the Wonder Woman film. He liked that she was a humanitarian, had traveled the world, and that she had the look for the role. However, picking her would have been too obvious according to Whedon. Jolie is currently working on the films The One and Only Ivan, Maleficent II, and Come Away.
15 Elodie Yung
Elodie Yung is a French actress known for her role as Elektra in the 2016 television series Daredevil, which she reprised in the series The Defenders in 2017. Elodie has been in hit films like District 13, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, G.I Joe: Retaliation, Still, Narcopolis, Gods of Egypt, and The Hitman’s Bodyguard.
She was in the producers’ top three list for the Wonder Woman role but unfortunately, she did not make the cut. However, Elodie was not too sad that she did not get the role because she was doing so well as Elektra and had several other projects happening around the same time.
14 Adrianne Palicki
Adrianna Palicki is famous for playing the role of Tyra Collette in the series Friday Night Lights. She has been in popular films like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Dr. Cabbie, John Wick, and SWAT: Under Siege. Adrianna who is currently starring in the show The Orville was cast for the Wonder Woman series back in 2011 but even the pilot never aired.
She says that despite the no-show she is lucky to have briefly worn the Wonder Woman costume. Luckily she got another chance to play a different costumed character called Barbara "Bobbi" Morse or Mockingbird, in the television series Agents of Shield.
13 Olga Kurylenko
Ukrainian actress, Olga Kurylenko started her acting career in 2005. She rose to fame through the role of Camille Montes in the 22nd James Bond film back in 2008. Olga was among the last top three chosen for the Wonder Woman role. Producers said she had the beauty and exotic look for Diana’s character but she still lost the role to Gal Gadot.
She later commented that she was okay with not getting the role and was happy for Gal Gadot. She also added that she looked forward to watching the film. Olga is set to appear in the films Mara, Johnny English Strikes Again, 15 Minutes De Guerre, and Empires of the Deep.
12 Morena Baccarin
Morena Baccarin is a prominent actress who was born in 1979. Her role in the series Firefly helped her rise to fame. She has been featured in the popular superhero film Deadpool and its sequel Deadpool 2.
She has been a guest star in the television series Homeland, The Good Wife, Flash, and The Mentalist. Wonder Woman director, Joss Whedon, who was also the director of the series Firefly, chose Morena as a prospect to play the Wonder Woman role but unfortunately, she did not make the final cut. Morena is currently focusing on her role as Dr. Leslie Thompkins in the television series Gotham.
11 Cobie Smulders
Cobie Smulders is a Canadian actress known for her starring role as Robin Scherbatsky on the comedy series How I Met Your Mother. She has appeared in popular films like The Avengers in 2012 and its 2015 and 2018 sequels, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Spider-Man respectively.
She had received thorough physical training from her previous roles that Director Joss Whedon considered her for the Wonder Woman role in the postscript stage of the film, which unfortunately never happened. Cobie has since been featured in more films like Jack Reacher and is currently working on the Spider-Man sequel Far From Home.
10 Alexandra Daddario
Alexandra Daddario is a prominent actress and is famous for her role as Annabeth Chase in the Percy Jackson film. She has appeared in other films like San Andreas, Baywatch, and The Layover. In an interview back in 2013, Alexandra Daddario said she would have loved to play Wonder Woman and whether or not she got the role, she would be happy to see the movie made, especially after previous cancellations.
However, she did not make the cut but was glad to see a strong female action hero headlining the very successful film that we all loved. Alexandra is currently working on the films Nomis, I am Not a Bird, and Lost Transmissions.
9 Catherine Zeta-Jones
48-year-old Catherine Zeta-Jones started her acting at a young age. She has been on the Wonder Woman list since the 90s. Fans started casting her as Diana since her role in the films The Mask of Zorro and Entrapment back in 1998. Catherine was considered Diana’s lookalike in real life hence the more reason why she should have been given the role.
Unfortunately, she did not get the role, as she was too old for it by 2017. However, Zeta-Jones has starred in other box office hit films like Red 2, Chicago, No Reservation, and Oceans Twelve. Her latest film, Feud hit the big screens in 2017.
8 Charisma Carpenter
Charisma Carpenter is an American actress famous for her role as Cordelia Chase in the popular television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. She has since taken leading roles in Charmed, Veronica Mars, The Lying Game, and The Expendables film series. Charisma was one of Whedon’s most talented players and was considered for the Wonder Woman role in the first canceled script.
Her beauty made her an ideal candidate for the role but like many other actresses, she lost the role to Gal Gadot. Charisma has been keeping busy taking up guest roles in popular TV shows like Criminal Minds, Lucifer, and Chicago P.D.
7 Gina Carano
Gina Carano is a former mixed martial artist who started her acting career in 2006. She was amongst the women considered for the role of Wonder Woman. Gina and Gal Gadot have previously worked together in the 2013 film Fast & Furious 6. Gal Gadot had previously said that Gina trains hard for movie roles and always makes strong female characters; however, Gina was rooting for Gal Gadot for the Wonder Woman role instead.
Gina has appeared in the box office films Haywire, Fast & Furious: Showdown, In the blood, and Deadpool. She is currently working on Madness in the Method and Scorched Earth films.
6 Gemma Arterton
Gemma Arterton got her career breakthrough in a role she says she hated in the James Bond film Quantum of Solace. She has since been featured in other popular films like Clash of the Titans, Hansel and Gretel, Prince of Persia, and The Voices among others.
Gemma was briefly considered for the Wonder Woman role but was quickly dropped probably because she is known to comment on her roles in a not so positive way, which might have made the producers reconsider their pick. Gemma has also appeared in several television shows like Sports Relief 2006, Inside No. 9, and Capturing Mary. She is currently filming two movies.
5 Sarah Michelle Gellar
Sarah Michelle Gellar started her acting career at the age of six. Her first role was in the film An Invasion of Privacy. She rose to fame when she played the role of Kendall Hart in the soap opera All My Children.
She has since appeared in other films like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Scream 2, and Scooby-Doo. Sarah was actually cast as Wonder Woman in the movie that was never filmed in 2005. However, she never made the cut for the 2017 Wonder Woman film though we all thought she would make a good Wonder Woman since she was in impeccable shape.
4 Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless is a 50-year-old New Zealand born actress. She has been featured in several hit series like Xena: Warrior Princess and the Spartacus film series. Lucy who is good friends with Lynda Carter, the original Wonder Woman, was also considered for the role of Wonder Woman.
Though very talented, she was taken off from the list because of her age. The role required a young and vibrant female lead. When Gal Gadot finally got the role as the new Wonder Woman, rumor has it that Lucy insinuated that Gadot had stolen her Xena character look. Lucy went on to be featured in the 2017 film The Changeover instead.
3 Odette Annable
Odette Annable is another American actress famous for her role as Dr. Jessica Adams in the series House and as Beth McIntyre in the film Cloverfield. She has starred in films like The Truth About Lies, You Again, and The Double among many others. She has also appeared as a guest star in several television shows, with her most recent being Elena of Avalor and Pure Genius.
Odette was a contender for the Wonder Woman role but never made the cut. Fortunately, she got the chance to play a different kind of costumed character called Reign or Samantha Arias in the series Supergirl, which is still filming.
2 Sandra Bullock
Sandra Bullock is one of Hollywood’s most talented actresses and is also a producer. Her breakthrough role was when she played Lenina Huxley in the film Demolition Man. She is famous for her roles in hit films like Speed, Miss Congeniality, Crash, The Lake House, and The Proposal.
Like many other talented actresses, Sandra was also considered for the role of Wonder Woman. She was Lynda Carter’s first choice for the role because of her uniqueness. However, Sandra believed that there were other actresses more suitable for the role and that she was too old for the role. We look forward to seeing her in her latest 2018 movie Ocean's Eight.
1 Lynn Collins
Lynn Collins is a popular actress who has been featured in films like John Carter, The Hollow Point, X-men Origins: Wolverine and its 2013 sequel, and The Wolverine among others. Lynn was amongst the few actresses thought for Gal Gadot’s role in the Wonder Woman film.
She said although she is a fan of Lynda Carter, following in her footsteps was too big of a role for her. She has been featured in several television shows like Law & Order, Manhunt: Unabomber, Elementary, Covert Affairs, and True Blood. Lynn is currently filming a science fiction movie called Rim of The World.