Add singer-actress Beyoncé Knowles to the ever-growing list of stars who would like to play superheroes on the big screen.
“I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman?” she tells The Los Angeles Times’ Geoff Boucher. “It would be great. And it would be a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time for that, right?”
While Beyoncé isn’t the first actress to throw her lasso into the ring, she may be among the few to actually meet with representatives of Warner Bros. and DC Comics to let them know just how much she desires the role.
Maybe Beyoncé, who co-starred in Austin Powers in Goldmember and Dream Girls, is just what — or, rather, who — Wonder Woman needs to finally get the movie off the ground.
The project has languished in Hollywood development hell for years, as a parade of screenwriters took turns at a script. The movie finally showed real signs of life in March 2005, when Joss Whedon was brought on board to write and direct.
However, in February 2007, Whedon bowed out because of creative differences with Warner Bros. and producer Joel Silver. Even before his departure was made public, the studio bought a script from a pair of newcomers, supposedly as a preemptive measure to protect itself from a plagiarism lawsuit. But considering that their story took place during World War II, and Whedon’s was set in the present, that seems unlikely.
In October 2007, Silver announced Wonder Woman had been put on hold so the studio could focus on the Justice League movie. When that much-maligned ensemble project was officially “tabled” in April 2008, Silver said of Wonder Woman: “It’s sitting there, and when I figure out a way to do it, I’ll do it.”
So, could Beyoncé be the answer Silver is looking for?