Back in 2013, when the search for a Wonder Woman for Batman v Superman began, many women auditioned for the role. But many more were considered for the role. They were judged on their talent, their looks, their background, and even their accent. In the end, we all know that the gorgeous Gal Gadot won out, but what if she hadn’t? She’s become a new Hollywood favorite, gracing the homepage of every site in the world, but if she hadn’t played Wonder Woman, then no one would even know her name. Sure, she was in the Fast and Furious movies, but what else did she have? She just wasn’t well known. If someone else would have got the role then would they have skyrocketed to fame or would the movie Wonder Woman have been a flop? After all, Gal Gadot is said to have made the movie.
Let’s go back in time for a minute and imagine life with one of these women playing Wonder Woman rather than Gal Gadot. Your whole life may have been completely different. Now, that may be a bit dramatic, but can you truly say that Wonder Woman hasn’t affected you? Every iconic role has made an impact on us, and when you change who plays the role, then there are sure to be some changes on the impact they make as well. In no particular order, let’s take a look at fifteen actresses that came close to stealing Gal Gadot's iconic role of Wonder Woman.
15 Jaimie Alexander
Jaimie Alexander is often connected to her role as the warrior goddess Sif in Marvel's Thor movies. But did you know she was almost Wonder Woman? Back in 2013 she said this at comic-con: “I’m a huge fan of Wonder Woman. I really think if this is the closest that we’re ever going to get to Wonder Woman, then I’m proud to play Sif. I hope that other comic book entities can learn a lesson from Marvel in how to execute a female character the way it should be done. I really would like to one day see a Wonder Woman film or Wonder Woman character, but until it’s done with class, I’d rather it not be done.”
In 2016, after it was obvious that Gal Gadot got the role, she said she wasn’t disappointed: “I was one of a few people that were an obvious choice for Wonder Woman, but it was never going to happen. I’m contracted with Marvel and it would be strange. Sif, in her way, is Marvel’s Wonder Woman. They’re both ethereal and have armor and a sword, and have special abilities; the physicality of the role is very similar."
14 Jessica Biel
Back in 2007, it was said that if they made a live-action movie, Jessica Biel would be the one to play Wonder Woman in a new Justice League movie. But as time went on, that film seemed to have dissipated and was never heard of again. So when talk of the new Batman v Superman started in 2013, everyone started screaming Jessica’s name. She was actually offered the role back in 2007 but turned it down. We don’t know if she was offered it again in 2013, but she was definitely considered for the role of the lasso-wielding beauty. She’s always been sort of a fearless tomboy, so she wasn’t a bad choice. But it turns out she’s been busy these last few years working on The Sinner as well as movies like Bleeding Heart and Accidental Love.
13 Megan Gale
Everyone was so sure that Megan Gale was the perfect choice that they actually did a photoshoot of her in a professional Wonder Woman suit. Soon after she won the supporting role as the Valkyrie in George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. Even then, she was remembered for what she almost was in 2007.
When Justice League: Mortal was about to roll out, Megan Gale was signed to play Wonder Woman along with D.J. Cotrona’s Superman and Armie Hammer’s Batman. Kennedy Miller, an Australian production company, tested out the suit on her in an amazing photoshoot. In the end, the movie was canceled, and Megan was out! But when the talk of the new Wonder Woman started, she was obviously on the list as she was literally already trained to be Wonder Woman. She did look really good in Wonder Woman’s gear too, so we think that the Project Runway model could have pulled it off.
12 Gina Carano
The MMA fighter and actress was one of the first choices for the role of Wonder Woman a few years ago. It seemed like the perfect idea too, considering Henry Cavill (who plays Superman) is her boyfriend. When asked about the subject of her as Wonder Woman, she said, “I think people have an idea what they consider Wonder Woman. I definitely know [Gadot] has been training and there’s so much more that goes into being a strong female character. I think people have their own idea, but I always like the underdog, I’m always rooting for the underdog. If the world says you can’t do something, I couldn’t care less because that’s not how anybody should live their lives.”
It seems she likes Gal as Wonder Woman and doesn’t feel bad that she wasn’t chosen. But others think that producers made a mistake. After all, how boss would an MMA Wonder Woman be?
11 Gemma Arterton
Now here’s an actress who hated her role. Gemma Arterton was cast alongside Daniel Craig in his 007 movie and hated every minute of it. “At the time I really thought I had to say yes to those films,” Gemma explained. “I even have emails from people saying you must do this film, it's the right choice and strategy. Sometimes I think the Hollywood mentality – what is the aim there?”
We don’t know what she thinks about her Prince of Persia role, but since she seems objectified there too, we’re assuming she didn’t like it. One film she made that she did say she liked was The Voices with Ryan Reynolds, but perhaps Wonder Woman wasn’t her style either because after the initial hype, her name was quickly dropped. She barks a lot, so it’s safe to say that producers are afraid to approach her and thus work through her closed-mouth agent.
10 Megan Fox
This one is torturous to hear for many because you either hate Megan Fox or you love her. But this comment she made had haters fuming: “Wonder Woman is a lame superhero… She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role, but I don’t want to do it.”
Does that mean she turned down the role that could have made her millions? What we believe is that she was considered for a role in 2005, but turned it down in this fashion. When 2013 rolled around, producers for Batman v Superman would not have offered her Gal’s role since she was so hostile about the superhero years ago. But look who is laughing now? Gal Gadot’s net worth is nearly twice as much as Megan Fox’s. Plus, do you know a soul who doesn’t like Gal?
9 Sarah Michelle Gellar
With the role of Buffy the Vampire Slayer under her wing, hearing that Sarah Michelle Gellar was almost Wonder Woman is no surprise. But she never made the cut, and instead threw shade at Gal by posting a meme that insinuated Buffy was a better female lead than her. Yikes! Still, she was actually cast as her in a 2005 reboot that never worked out, and in 2002, she dressed up as Wonder Woman for the MTV awards.
She thought that she would have made a pretty good Wonder Woman too, since she was in such good shape: “I don't smoke, don't drink much, and go to the gym five times a week. I live a healthy lifestyle and feel great. I can run a marathon, you know.” Plus, she really does know how to be an amazing female lead. We all love Buffy and if she dyed her hair, she’s Wonder Woman already, so it could have worked.
8 Lucy Lawless
When the new Wonder Woman was revealed, Lucy Lawless made a post on Twitter that insinuated that they stole her look, and Gal really does look like Xena, who Lucy played in Xena: Warrior Princess. But she was also kind of jealous. She is good friends with Lynda Carter (the original Wonder Woman) and was talked about for the role of the new Wonder Woman. But there is no beating around the bush: she’s kind of too old. She’ll be fifty this year and while that isn’t old, a younger face is what’s going to sell and thus, she was taken off the list. To make her feel better, Lynda Carter had a few words about Xena: “I think Lucy Lawless does a great job. She did a great job creating her own thing. You can't help but compare because it's the larger-than-life female — powerful woman. But I think they are so different."
7 Sandra Bullock
So strange to think of the rom-com girl playing Wonder Woman but she does kind of have that vibe, although it would have added a bit more comedy to the movie. But she was thought of. In fact, she was Lynda Carter’s choice! "I think it is the quality Sandra Bullock has in all her characters that needs to be in Wonder Woman," says Carter. "You identify with pieces of them all. You can't play Wonder Woman... you have to be a knowable woman."
So, she wanted Bullock because she is smart? But Sandra doesn’t think she would ever be right for it: “I’m not Wonder Woman; I think even Lynda Carter said I was too old. Really. Yeah, she said I was too old. Then that made me go, ‘Maybe I will do Wonder Woman, just ‘cause you said it.” She laughed and agreed with Lynda, saying, “There are other people much better suited to play Wonder Woman than me. I’ll just do it at home, at night, in my little underoos.”
6 Angelina Jolie
Joss Whedon, who directed The Avengers, once tried to make a Wonder Woman movie and wanted no one but Angelina Jolie to play her: “Diana was a little bit like Angelina Jolie. She sort of traveled the world. She was very powerful and very naïve about people, and the fact that she was a goddess was how I eventually found my in to her humanity and vulnerability.” When it came time to pick a Wonder Woman for the 2010s, of course Jolie was on the list already! Angelina Jolie already has the look, and maybe believe her to be a Wonder Woman figure already, so the fit seems too obvious. Now, she is a little too old for the role, but a younger Angelina could have done just a good job as Gal.
5 Catherine Zeta-Jones
Ever since the ‘90s, Catherine Zeta-Jones has been on the behind the scenes Wonder Woman list. The likely reason she was dropped was because she got too old for the role… or she started confusing Batman for Zorro. The funny thing is that Zeta-Jones never spoke of the fact that she was mentioned when the rumor mill started spitting out names. She was mentioned more often than we’d like to admit. However, with so many people saying they wouldn’t go see the movie if she was Diana, no doubt producers decided that she wasn’t a good fit after all.
So instead, Catherine Zeta-Jones is stuck with much less popular movies, despite being beautiful and talented. They need a bigger market for 50-year-old actresses.
4 Olga Kurylenko
Along with Elodie and Gal, Olga Kurylenko was in the top three for playing Wonder Woman who were the last to audition. After months, she finally broke her silence on how she would have felt if she would have gotten it: “Everyone was saying that it was a possibility. It did cross my mind. But it’s fine, you know. There are many other roles. I am very happy for the girl that’s got the part. I am looking forward to seeing it.”
The reason she was considered was because she was exotic and beautiful, two things that they were looking for in Diana. The Ukrainian actress would have been a fine choice, but since she has multiple French movies and multiple English movies in production, we can assume she moved on pretty quickly.
3 Elodie Yung
Elodie Yung is likely thankful she didn’t get the role of Wonder Woman now because she is so good as Elektra in Daredevil and The Defenders. But she was trying hard to win out over Gal Gadot at the time when she was in the top three choices along with Gal! The French actress would have made a really fine choice, according to fans. And producers were so close to choosing her too. She is gorgeous and she’s a blackbelt in karate, but she just didn’t make the cut.
She knows the feeling all too well: “Personally, I've always had to face casting directors or producers saying, 'You're right for the part, but you're not quite what we're looking for.'” It’s good that she’s used to being turned down so she wasn’t hurt, but it’s obvious from the way she talks about Elektra that she wouldn’t have it any other way.
2 Adrianne Palicki
To be fair, Adrianne Palicki was Wonder Woman in a never-aired Wonder Woman series and movie from 2011. But since it wasn’t her fault that the 2011 take was a flop, she was considered for the role just two years after to give her a second chance.
“I was devastated when the pilot didn't go,” says Palicki. “But I also look at it, like, I got paid to wear that costume. And that is one of the coolest moments of my life running down Hollywood Boulevard. Like, that was so cool. And I was — how lucky am I? And you know, everything happens for a reason. It led me here. You know what I mean? So as dark as those moments were back in the day, I'm happy and so glad that somebody else gets to wear that costume. I'm so glad that [Gadot is] rocking it.” Luckily, she got another chance at a different kind of superhero when she landed the role of Bobbi Morse for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in 2013.
say that she has too much on her plate to be too heartbroken. But isn’t she a gorgeous one?
As it turns out, this one is who Gal Gadot thought was the perfect Wonder Woman. Gal says that Beyoncé helped her through her own audition: “When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman. 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. 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!”
While most of us would like to credit Gal, it seems that Wonder Woman herself sees Diana in Beyoncé Knowles. And you know what the world says? She looks perfect tonight! But in the end, we’re glad that Gal Gadot got the role of the renewed Wonder Woman because no one could have been a better Diana!
Sources: flashfilm.com, cinemablend.com, batman-news.com, dailymail.co.uk, hollywoodreporter.com, imdb.com, eonline.com, mtv.com, comicbookmovie.com