Raking in over $100 million — $103.1 million, to be more accurate — at the opening weekend box office, Wonder Woman completely smashed the previously held record for a movie directed by a woman. (That honor used to belong to Fifty Shades of Grey, directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson.) Not only that, it’s got FANTASTIC ratings; it’s currently at 93% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes. Not too bad for a movie starring a woman who almost gave up on acting, and a production that was in talks for a decade with multiple directors attaching/detaching themselves, huh?
So, naturally, there’s buzz about a Wonder Woman sequel. (Its leading lady, Gal Gadot, and director, Patty Jenkins, are contractually committed to a second film, so…) But, before the time comes when we get to hear more about that potential project, you need to hear the behind-the-scenes details of this year’s blockbuster.
Over the years, names like Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton, Jessica Biel and even Kristen Stewart were brought up as potentials to play Diana Prince and her alter ego. But, in the case of the 2017 superhero movie, these are the casting secrets you need to know:
Gal Gadot didn’t even know she was auditioning to portray Wonder Woman!
"It was all very secretive," Gal explained. "But without ever knowing it, I think Wonder Woman was my dream role. I grew up watching women playing princesses or damsels in distress. You had Meryl Streep and Charlize Theron, but it wasn't common to see great roles for women."
Gal Gadot originally auditioned for Man of Steel — and booked the gig!
The woman who brought Diana Prince to life in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in 2017’s Wonder Woman OG scored a role in 2013’s Man of Steel; the role of Faora-Ul. Little did she know that she was actually pregnant with her first child, Alma.
"When I was a month pregnant with (my daughter) Alma, I got an offer to be the evil Superman character,” she revealed. "If I wasn't pregnant I'd take the job, and there's no way they would take me now to be Wonder Woman." So it all worked out in the end.
The part of Faora eventually went to Antje Traue.
Connie Nielsen could’ve starred in Man of Steel, too.
Like Gal, the woman who earned the role of Queen Hippolyta in the female-driven flick was originally offered a part in the 2013 superhero movie; Connie could've portrayed Kal-El's birth mother, Lara.
The part eventually went to Ayelet Zurer.
Eva Green was considered to play the coveted part of Diana Prince.
Before the project kicked into high gear, the Penny Dreadful actress was rumored to be on the shortlist to portray what soon became Gal Gadot's character.
But, there were also rumors circulating that she was in talks to play one of Wonder Woman's archenemies, Doctor Poison or Circe. Given that Eva is known for her creepy roles in Tim Burton movies, we'd expect the latter two notions more than the former. Dr. Poison made an appearance in Wonder Woman (Elena Anaya portrayed good ol' Dr. Maru), but maybe Eva could play Circe in the sequel?
Cobie Smulders was briefly considered to play WW as well.
Did you know that The Avengers' Agent Maria Hill was in talks to play Princess Diana of Themyscira? She kicks enough butt in her other projects, like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., to prove she's capable of such a feat, so we're not surprised.
It wasn't in the cards for her, though. She did, however, voice the character of Wonder Woman in 2014's The Lego Movie.
There was even a Bond girl in the rumor mill to play the heroine.
Olga Kurylenko, best known for her role in the 2008 007 flick Quantum of Solace, was supposedly one of the three leading actresses who auditioned to play Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman. You all know how that turned out, though.
Rumors swirled that Scott Eastwood would play the film's leading man.
Before Chris Pine was cast as Steve Trevor, it sounded like the hunk was in the running... but he took on Suicide Squad instead!
According to a 2016 podcast hosted by The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider, "Scott Eastwood is not playing Steve Trevor... basically [he] had a choice: He could have a role in Suicide Squad — a smaller role — or he could test for the male lead in Wonder Woman alongside guys like Alexander Skarsgard and Liam Hemsworth. And he chose the Suicide Squad role."
So, obviously, the Aussie heartthrob was in consideration for Steve, too.
Imagine — Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Liam Hemsworth as Wonder Woman's love interest!
...and the Swedish hottie as well.
That's right — Alexander Skarsgard tested to play Steve Trevor! If we didn't love Chris Pine so much in the role, we would've said that this would be a great matchup.
Nicole Kidman was originally offered the role of Queen Hippolyta.
Connie Nielsen did a great job of portraying Wonder Woman's mother… but she wasn't the casting director’s first choice.
Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman was the #1 pick for the part, but, due to scheduling conflicts, she couldn't commit. She'll still be a part of the Justice League world, though — next year, you can catch her as Queen Atlanna, mother of Aquaman/Arthur Curry in Aquaman.
Before Robin Wright was nailed down to play Antiope, she was considered for Queen Hippolyta, too.
According to Variety's Justin Kroll, in a December 2015 series of tweets, "As you know Kidman's dates didn't work out so they are trying to figure out whether to just give Robin Wright that role or find another star."
"Don't know what role Wright currently has but it isn't Hippolyta like others believe, it's actually another role,” he added. “In fact Wright's deal for her unknown role had closed before Kidman even had an offer, so we'll just have to see what ends up happening." Of course, you know what ended up happening — they stuck with the OG plan for Robin and replaced Nicole with Connie.
And Cate Blanchett was offered an unknown role, but she was like nah.
The same man from Variety who clarified Robin Wright's involvement also noted that Cate, who played Thor's first female villain, Hela, in 2017's Thor: Ragnorak, turned down the opportunity to participate in Wonder Woman. "[N]ope she passed," he tweeted in September 2015 in response to Heroic Hollywood’s question, "Is Cate Blanchett in Wonder Woman?"
Many fans speculated that she, too, was up for the part of Hippolyta.
A Game of Thrones favorite was in talks to play a villain.
When Eva Green was reportedly eyed to play sorceress Circe, Sean Bean was reportedly eyed to play Ares, God of War. (Considering he played ruler of the Olympian gods Zeus, in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, this wouldn't have been a far stretch.)
Ares, however, never made an appearance in Wonder Woman. Perhaps WW2?
Gal Gadot & Taron Egerton... as siblings??? There was buzz.
In August 2015, there were rumors that Taron Egerton was tapped to play Lennox, Diana's half-brother. Clearly, nothing came of it, since that character is not (yet) part of the universe.