[UPDATED] Chris Pine Will Officially Waste His Time As The Love Interest in Wonder Woman Which, Hey, Is Only Fair I Guess
Consider it superhero movie karma.
UPDATE: Well, it’s official I guess — according to The Wrap, Chris Pine has closed his deal to indeed play Steve Trevor in 2017’s Wonder Woman. That puts the rumors that it was all misdirection for the actor playing Hal Jordan in Green Lantern out the window, although it is interesting to note that (as is custom for most comic book movies nowadays), Pine’s contract stipulates a multi-film agreement…could WB’s plan for the character extend out of the Wonder Woman franchise? Well, yeah, likely. This is an extended universe we’re talking about here, people!
Anyways, the original article from a few months back:
Wow, what a day it has been for big blockbuster casting, right? Earlier we reported on the female shortlist for Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and then later geeked out about the infinite possibilities that Tilda Swinton in Doctor Strange may have. And now we have another pretty substantial piece of superhero casting floating our way, as Chris Pine is in the always fun “talks” stage of joining Wonder Woman as love interest Steve Trevor.
Now initially Scott Eastwood was rumored to take on the part but, according to Variety, Eastwood chose to take on a role in Suicide Squad instead (as confirmed by his presence in the cast photo), leaving the Trevor part wide open for Pine to take on. And well it’s far from a done deal at this point, it seems both parties are interested in Chris Pine getting the part.
Which is…fine, I guess. Look, I LOVE Chris Pine, and really do think he’s one of our most talented and versatile leading men around. He deserves Indiana Jones or Han Solo-esque roles (as his Captain Kirk proves), not the side character love interest. But to be entirely fair, the same or similar arguments can be made about women like Amy Adams, Natalie Portman, or Emma Stone in other superhero movies, so I guess it’s time for a talented male to slum it up as the dude in the distress just like many other women have done in the past. And if we’re lucky, Steve Trevor could end up being a great character in his own right, like Selma Blair in the Hellboy films or Hayley Atwell as Agent Carter. The love interest doesn’t have to be a boring part by nature, so let’s hope he’s not in Wonder Woman.
The film is still on track for release in 2017, this time with director Patty Jenkins in the main chair. Do you think Pine is a good choice for Trevor, or should he be saved for another, bigger superhero part? Let us know what you think in the comments!