After a solid decade and a half of male-driven superhero films, the world of heroic movies is about to get a boost from the fairer sex. Wonder Woman is currently filming with Gal Gadot as the titular, golden lasso-wielding heroine. Actor Chris Pine is co-starring in the film, and he has some things to say about the female-led action film.
Chris Pine relayed this tidbit in an interview with Total Film (via Heroic Hollywood). To be fair, it’s not like the star would say anything bad about the film at this point. Or, for that matter, would have signed up for the movie at all, if he weren’t on board with the whole concept. But, it is nice to hear him be so enthusiastic about working on the film.
To me, the main point of what Chris Pine says in the interview is that he’s happy about supporting Gal Gadot. For someone who’s built quite a career in the past few years as a leading man in films like Unstoppable, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and the rebooted Star Trek franchise, and as a member of large casts, like in Horrible Bosses 2 and Into the Woods, it’s good to hear that he’s not so high and mighty as to think that it would be uncool to back up a female lead, especially in an action movie.
In Wonder Woman, Chris Pine will play her love interest, Captain Steve Trevor. Trevor, as originally conceived in the comics, was a WWII pilot in the US Army Air Corps, who becomes stranded on Wonder Woman’s homeland, and develops a relationship with the would-be heroine. But, with cast photos from the set showing the lead actors in WWI era costumes, it looks like the movie might be switching things up a bit.
He also takes the time to point out that the world can always count on superhero movies starring men, and maybe it’s time to change things up a bit, and with Wonder Woman possibly being the most recognized female superhero out there, that seems like a good idea. Though I do take issue with his account of Wonder Woman being the first female driven superhero movie. There was, after all, the 1984 Supergirl film starring Helen Slater. But, I suppose it’s not surprising that he’s forgotten a movie that was, at best, cute during its time and has maybe not held up so well.
Chris Pine is certainly right in saying that it’s about time for some badass women to kick butt on screen, leading lady style. Here’s hoping that the film will be everything we’ve been wishing for.
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