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LA Times Wonders If Beyoncé's Super Bowl Halftime Show Was An Audition For 'Wonder Woman'

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 4, 2013 6:05 PM
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I say, probably not... 

Some of you may remember Beyoncé's 2008 admission to the LA Times' Hero Complex, in which she revealed that, not only would she love to play Wonder Woman on screen, but she had, in fact, met with DC Comics reps and Warner Bros to discuss starring in one of their then upcoming projects.

 "I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? 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?" Beyoncé says that she has met with representatives of DC Comics and Warner Bros. to express her interest in a major role in one of the many comic-book adaptations now in the pipeline following the massive success of "The Dark Knight," "Iron Man" and the "Spider-Man" and "X-Men" franchises. 

Again, that was in 2008. Obviously, whatever came of her meetings with DC Comics and Warner Bros. hasn't, thus far, resulted in anything that's happened publicly. Although, I certainly wasn't there, so I have no idea what exactly was discussed or planned.

Skip ahead to last night's Super Bowl halftime performance, which wowed many, and disappointed others, if my Twitter and Facebook newsfeeds were any indication. But that's Beyoncé; she's a polarizing public figure. You either love her, or you love to hate her.

While some were busy wondering whether the Roc-A-Fella triangular symbol she made with her hands during her performance, as well as the entire performance itself, was all some sort of Illuminati thing (those conspiracy theories just won't go away, will they?), the LA Times was instead wondering whether her performance, along with all the moves and gestures she made, were all a tryout for the Wonder Woman film she expressed interest in over 4 years ago. 

Needless to say, I'm not sold on either - the Illuminati thing, nor that it was an audition for Wonder Woman. 

But maybe they have some inside info that I don't, and, some time this week, it'll be announced that  Beyoncé is indeed attached to a Wonder Woman film.

It did get me thinking further though... if not Wonder Woman, since she clearly wants to play a super hero on screen, and did approach DC Comics and the WB about the possibility, what super hero character do you think she'd be perfect for... if any?

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  • stanford | March 9, 2013 10:18 PMReply

    She needs a acting coach, her ego may overshadowed the character , and she going have to read lot dc comics or watch justice league unlimited, because it takes a lot of dedication to portray the Wonder Woman, this is not like singing hip hop or sponsoring cosmetics. She really have to stay the character and lots of imagination. She have the legs, but she needs get a little more inside. That why Henry Cavill landed the role as man of steel Superman.

  • Chad | February 6, 2013 12:23 PMReply

    Why does she have to be diana prince. She could be some one who takes diana place . That is not that far fetch. Wonder Woman is a beautiful woman . So is beyonce . Maybe one of the most beautiful woman in the world . With Wonder Woman on screen in limbo why not give beyonce a shot. With a good script and origin story on how she got to be the princess of power it could work

  • Rashon | December 21, 2013 7:49 AM

    Wonder Woman is not the princess of power that's She-Ra.....

  • Troy | February 5, 2013 9:11 PMReply

    Since when did superhero movies require great acting. No superheroes even getting nominated. The bad guys are usually the better actors. Beyonce is a big star and big draw. To me that is the only thing that should matter make the role and movie as big as possible. Movies are rarely ever that good and action hardly ever are. I would rather see her play it than any actress over 40 who some on this site always suggest for roles. Men just have to look the part, the only way a women can look the part is if she already has a major fan base. Name a relatively unknown minority woman and many people will tell you why she isn't badder than Beyonce. Then some will ask in what way. She is top 3 of all female stars in any industry.

  • BluTopaz | February 6, 2013 7:15 AM

    That's right, all Black female performers stay home because Beyonce is still alive. And unless Wonder Woman's origins are re-written with her hailing from Texas, Bey is still not automatically qualified for this role by default. #Fail.

  • Nadell | February 5, 2013 12:09 PMReply

    Gosh no! Just leave it alone, Beyonce...
    I've always seen perhaps Gina Torres as Wonder Woman.

  • Donella | February 5, 2013 11:57 AMReply

    Beyonce is a much better singer than actress. J-Lo is a much better actress than singer. Someday, it'll all work out the way its supposed to.

  • Marie | February 5, 2013 11:54 AMReply

    So not happening.

  • Josh | February 5, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    She can be Cheetah.

  • Anti-believer | February 4, 2013 9:15 PMReply

    She needs acting lessons before she step up that high. Stick to your mediocre music style.

  • QBN | February 4, 2013 8:44 PMReply

    Wonder Woman had a Black sister named Nubia at one point in the comics, she could play her..

  • Miles Ellison | February 4, 2013 8:22 PMReply

    The protests and hate mail campaigns are being organized by the white racist geek lobby as we speak.

  • Rashon | December 21, 2013 8:16 AM

    I'm black and I lobbied for the divorce. Let me explain something to you Storm is the most famous and notable black superhero. Even more famous than black panther. His comic book sales have always been really bad and the marriage was an attempt to raise his comic book sales which failed. Storm took a back seat to him the entire time they were married she basically served as wall paper for his books as she was taken out of the main x-men books. It was stupid of them to take a leading character and make her play supporting cast for a boring character that no one cares about (black panther) he is a relic and there is nothing cool enough about him to keep him relevant for today. Which mean unless marvel divorced them we were going to lose the amazing character that storm had become. Side bar before wolverine became Marvels whore Storm had graced more pages of the marvel universe than any other x-man. Basically some one thought well they are both black and known so we should marry them. This was a mistake. They even changed storms back story where they first met as teens in Africa. Originally Storm saves him, however they changed it so that he saves Storm. This is comical because in actuality Storm is an omega level mutant and has one of the strongest wills in The marvel universe. In fact telepaths that try to enter her mind without permission get an electrical brain shock because of the mental force fields she has created in her mind. Black panther is only smart and really relies on the alien vibranium to do anything. Further more their personalities wouldn't mesh in reality. I do give marvel thumbs up for trying, they even got a black writer from BET to write some of the books, and had a half backed black panther cartoon on BET that also failed. It's like introducing 2 gay guys and assuming they will be life partners just because they are both gay. Developing a believable relationship based on 40 years of known character behavior takes a little more effort then what Marvel gave. She should have married forge in the 90s when she almost did. That love affaire was believable.

  • QBN | February 4, 2013 8:45 PM

    Yep, same ones that celebrated when Black Panther and Storm got divorced, after they had been campaigning for that for years.

  • AccidentalVisitor | February 4, 2013 7:50 PMReply

    Hmmm. I'm not exactly sure which comic character Beyonce would be a no-brainer to play although I'm sure some would say Storm.

    She would be a bad choice for Wonder Woman btw. I hate to unleash my inner geek but Wonder Woman, Diana Troy, was created/born in the image of the ancient Greeks (in theory at least since I'm assuming not too many of those Greeks had blue eyes). You could give a better justification for casting a black Superman (since Kal El comes from the fictional planet of Krypton) than you can for casting a black woman as a character who is supposed to look like a Greek amazon. The world no more needs a black Wonder Woman than it does a black James Bond imo. I think Beyonce may ahve missed out on an opportunity with Uhura although she isn't a comic book character.

    By the way with all of these male superhero characters dominating the screen the lone female superhero who may have a chance at being a franchise character is Wonder Woman. It would be hypocritical of Hollywood to suddenly get "progressive" by considering a woman of color to play the lone superheroine icon, when that same Hollywood would never consider a man of color to play one of the two dozen iconic white superheroes that they are interested in making films about or rebooting.

  • Rashon | December 21, 2013 8:26 AM

    Correction Cleopatra was Macedonian (Greek) by the time she was pharo Egypt had been run by European leaders not Egyptian or black for hundreds of years this all follows Alexander the greats conquer of Egypt. Knowing your history before commenting is always the best policy ;)

  • Rashon | December 21, 2013 8:20 AM

    Well do you know that Wonder Woman wasn't born from her mothers womb? Molded from the earth and given life by Hera. Which means she could easily be any medium to dark ethnicity. With that said beyonce wouldn't be the best pick as she is short and not a believable actress.

  • blaqbird | February 5, 2013 2:32 PM

    I'm surprised no one brought up the fact that Linda Carter played WW and she is

  • Monkeysuit | February 5, 2013 2:17 PM

    @Blutopaz Basically. Us women have to support our men. Can't be successful until the men show us how. Ridiculous.

  • I think Beyonce could pass off as Greek. | February 5, 2013 10:19 AM

    There are some darker skinned Greeks, and they have that same ethnically ambiguous look that Beyonce has.
    Angelina Jolie is playing Cleopatra (a black woman), Beyonce should be able to play Wonder Woman.

  • BluTopaz | February 4, 2013 10:48 PM

    @ Monkeysuit: That is the issue AV has not yet worked out with his therapist. Black women artists receiving positive acknowledgement means nothing, because Black male actors who could be di*# swangin' and bedding White lasses on screen should be our main priority as a community.

  • Miles Ellison | February 4, 2013 9:45 PM

    It's a comic. Pump the brakes.

  • monkeysuit | February 4, 2013 9:31 PM

    And wtf is a Greek amazon? Smh....

  • monkeysuit | February 4, 2013 9:28 PM

    Let me get this straight. It's hypocritical to have a woman of color as a lead super hero role because men of color haven't had their chance yet? Get the fuck out of here with that nonsense.

  • Akimbo | February 4, 2013 7:49 PMReply

    LMAO. No, LA Times, that was just Beyonce doing what she always does: rocking the fuck out. Beyonce is nowhere near an actor, so she's never going to be Wonder Woman; maybe a fellow Amazonian at best. How about Attack of the 50 Foot Woman? Does that role require much dialogue or just a lot of sexy stomping around?

  • Akimbo | February 6, 2013 9:29 AM

    No, it doesn't, actually. Halle wasn't an actual crackhead, she portrayed one. Because she's an actor. Beyonce is not. You can argue that Berry isn't a great actor, but she can act circles around Beyonce. So can Solange, Malin Ackerman, Tyra Banks, Lauren London, Stacey Dash, LisaRaye and Nene Leakes for that matter. That's how bad Knowles is. The only worse actress is Alicia Keys.

  • Troy | February 5, 2013 9:01 PM

    Makes as much sense as Halle starting out as a crackhead and a ratchet to end up portraying cat woman and Storm.

  • E Forde | February 4, 2013 7:41 PMReply

    I would think if Bey Bey was ever to play a comic book character she'd be a lock for Barbarella.

  • Kevin | February 4, 2013 6:48 PMReply

    She'd be great at playing Princess Snooze A Lot cause she does the same thing over and over and is not very interesting anymore and because she refuses to remove herself from CHRONIC oversaturation. That's a DC comic character isn't it? smh

  • Troy | February 5, 2013 8:59 PM

    Yes it is every single character created for comics by desperate writers. Only so many ways to be a hero.

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