The cast of superhero film “Wonder Woman” just got bigger and stronger. Swedish mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and stunt performer Madeline Vall has been cast as Amazonian warrior Egeria as she confirmed via her Instagram account, DC Comics Movie reports.
The addition of Madeline Vall is a great news for DC and for the film as the presence of an actual martial artist will add much-needed muscle for the film and boost the physicality of the material. Gal Gadot has already impressed audiences in “Batman V Superman” with enough gravitas in her portrayal despite not being physically intimidating. It is hopeful that she can carry her own solo film, especially when she’s being supported by seasoned veterans like Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.
It has to be remembered though that both Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck’s buffed up bods didn’t really help “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice” become the roaring success Zack Snyder and Warner executives hoped it would be. The fact that Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” did right by all those elements that were poorly executed by DC’s film doesn’t help either. However, one can be a bit more hopeful about “Wonder Woman” because this isn’t a typical modern-day superhero story. It’s set in the early 1900s, during WWI, which should be refreshing to watch.
The English translation of Madeline Vall’s original post, as provided by DC Comics Movie is as follows – “Madde Vall has just come home after recording of Wonder Woman in which she plays a small role as an Amazon warrior ‘Egeria.’ DC Comics superhero Wonder Woman, produced by Warner Bros. to a budget of 150 million dollars, goes up on the big screen in June 2017. In the lead roles are Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman), Robin Wright (Antiope), Connie Nielsen (Hippolyta), Chris Pine (Steve Trevor) and Norwegian Lisa Loven Kongsli, known from the ‘Tourist’ (2014).”
Plot details are still under wraps. However, the inclusion of Egeria, who was the first captain of the Amazonian guards, makes things interesting for the story of the film. In the comics, Egeria sacrificed her life in order to seal the gateway to Hades’s underworld, as noted by DC Comics Wikia. However, as the film revolves around Wonder Woman on earth, it is safe to assume that such sub-plots won’t be given much importance, except maybe a passing reference.