Walt Disney Animation Has Cancelled One Of Its Big Upcoming Projects

Walt Disney Animation Has Cancelled One Of Its Big Upcoming Projects

Gigantic Disney Animation

 Walt Disney Animation has some major follow-ups in the works, including Frozen 2 and Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, but it seems that the studio has axed the only non-sequel on their upcoming slate. New reports are saying that Gigantic, an updated version of the Jack and the Beanstalk fairy tale that has been in the works for the last few years, is no longer in development.

The Hollywood Reporter has received the exclusive on this story, including confirmation from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull. According to the executive, Walt Disney Animation did everything they could to try and make a workable idea out of the film, but that it just didn’t progress well enough to continue being seen as a worthy investment. Catmull said in a statemen

It’s impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn’t working. With Gigantic, we’ve come to that point, and although it’s a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we’ll be sharing more about soon, now set for Thanksgiving 2020.

As noted, Gigantic was set up to come out on November 25, 2020, but now that release date is apparently going to get a new occupant. Meg LeFauve (writer of Inside Out) and Nathan Greno (Tangled) were set to co-direct the film, but presumably now they’ll have to start developing other projects.

Gigantic was first announced back in the summer of 2015 during the biennial D23 Expo, and the movie was set to be centered on an 11-year-old, 60-foot-tall girl named Inma who lives in a diverse world full of different giant societies. The story was to be set during the Age of Exploration in Spain, and it was going to be a musical featuring songs by Frozen‘s Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez (they even debuted one of the tracks during the special Animation presentation).

However, it was made pretty clear this past summer that Gigantic was in trouble. Crowds who showed up to the Animation presentation at D23 Expo 2017 this past July left disappointed, as the feature was entirely breezed over during the proceedings. This left many wondering if the project was still coming together, and today we have the official answer.

Right now we don’t have any details about the project that Walt Disney Animation is working on to replace Gigantic during its Thanksgiving 2020 release date, outside of the fact that it will be an original film instead of a sequel, but we’ll keep you updated with more information as it becomes available.

How A Szechuan-Flavored Disaster Hurt “Rick And Morty” Way More Than McDonald’s

How A Szechuan-Flavored Disaster Hurt “Rick And Morty” Way More Than McDonald’s

“Rick and Morty” fans could not handle the disappointment of missing out on “Mulan” sauce, and it’s going to hurt the show they love.

How A Szechuan-Flavored Disaster Hurt “Rick And Morty” Way More Than McDonald’s
 Out of all the Earths throughout the multiverse, apparently this is one where a cute, dumb Rick and Morty-related publicity stunt could go horribly off the rails.

This past Saturday marked the culmination of an unholy, synergistic alliance between the animated hit and McDonald’s. It had been building since April, when Rick and Morty maniacs got an unexpected first glimpseof the show’s intensely anticipated third season. Aside from living up to its excessive hype, the surprise episode was notable for an extended riff on Rick’s time-traveling quest to get some Szechuan McNugget sauce–an actual obscure dipper tied into the 1998 Disney movie, Mulan. Riding high on off-the-charts social engagement, the official Rick and MortyTwitter account playfully nudged McDonald’s. Never one to miss a trick, McDonald’s responded right away. The fervor grew. Change.org petitionswere drawn up, and McDonald’s chefs were politely begged. McDonald’s even gifted show co-creator Justin Roiland with a tub of the fabled teriyaki-tinted corn syrup. Finally, McDonald’s announced it would make the sauce available to the public for one day only, on the Saturday following the show’s season finale. Finally, the world’s most monolithic fast-food chain would be interacting with one of the world’s most fiercely devoted fanbases in person.

What could go wrong?

As it turns out, everything could go wrong–and it did. McDonald’s dramatically underestimated the demand for its Szechuan sauce and many stores sold out instantaneously. Fans who left empty-handed were not, as they say, lovin’ it. In fact, they practically rioted. Meanwhile, packets of the sauce are going on eBay for thousands of dollars. All in all, it was a gross display of capitalism gone awry, and it was embarrassing for everybody.

It didn’t have to be this way. First of all, McDonald’s should have done more demographic research about the show. Rick and Morty has become the no. 1 comedy among millennials, an audience that includes the kind of stoked young people who’d happily go out of their way for branded Szechuan sauce as a goof. By wildly underestimating demand, McDonald’s created a scarcity. Sometimes, a little exclusivity can be helpful in motivating people to leave their houses. In this instance, it had fans driving all over town and waiting in serpentine lines for hours. Another thing about fans in this age group is that they are Extremely Online. By pissing them off, McDonald’s awakened a sleeping social media giant. Responses to Mickey D’s “How do you do, fellow kids”-style tweets were apocalyptic. They were so out of proportion to the issue, though, that they created a second wave of social sharing, devoted to mocking those in the first wave. Which brings us to the next problem.

Shame on McDonald’s for creating scarcity, but shame on Rick and Mortyfans for not knowing how to act. Any disappointment at not getting the special sauce mentioned by your favorite TV show should start and end with “that’s too bad.” Instead, people were scream-chanting “Give us sauce!” at hapless minimum-wage employees just trying to live their lives. It wasn’t the first time fans of the show failed to keep their cool. Co-creator Dan Harmon spoke with Fast Company recently about how the rabid demand for season three took the form of Twitter harassment. He’s also publicly denounced the show’s male fans who have inflicted abuse upon recently recruited female writers like Jessica Gao. Word of mouth is what made Rick and Morty into the unlikely hit it’s become, but word of mouth about the show’s fans is now toxic. Anyone hearing about them before the show itself might be put off from ever watching.

It’s a problem not just restricted to this one show, by any means. Fandom today is out of control. For one thing, the mainstreaming of certain formerly nerdy properties has led to purity tests and hostility. There’s also the culture of responsiveness ushered in by Snakes on a Plane, in the sense of letting fans essentially crowdsource a line into a movie. Once fans got a taste of feeling like they were in control, they wanted it all the time. But fans whose every whim is catered to become entitled–and entitled fans are known to go Gamergate and beyond.

In the wake of this weekend’s disastrous sauce frenzy, the show’s creators have distanced themselves from McDonald’s and admonished their own fans. As for McDonald’s, the brand issued a statement packed with sweaty references to the show, promising to bring back the sauce soon and to be more careful with the rollout next time. Nobody comes out of this incident looking very good. McDonald’s seems opportunistic, terminally try-hard, and insufficiently protective of its workers. (The overlords never considered who exactly would be the ones having to deliver bad news all day.) So in other words, McDonald’s looks how it always looks. Rick and Morty fans, on the other hand, will always be stained by this incident, and by extension, the show will be as well. Perhaps the most shame of all, though, belongs to Rick and Morty fans less devoted than, say, this guy, and who are now forever linked to him. Casual fans should be happy the show just stuck the landing on a critically, creatively successful third season. Instead, they probably want to grab a portal gun and disappear into a new planet. (Or possibly just a different show.)

LOOKS LIKE NO GREEN LANTERN & SUPERGIRL FOR JUSTICE LEAGUE TRAILER

LOOKS LIKE NO GREEN LANTERN & SUPERGIRL FOR JUSTICE LEAGUE TRAILER

Following the release of the Justice League Comic-Con trailer in July, some fans thought footage teased both Green Lantern and Supergirl.

Batman’s The Flying Fox in the Justice League Comic-Con trailer featured a green light leading to speculation it may be Green Lantern, and some sort of hologram in a Bruce Wayne scene was also thought to be Supergirl:

Green Lantern Justice League trailer

Supergirl Justice League trailer

Now with the release of today’s Justice League trailer, it seems pretty clear that those are not references to either Green Lantern or Supergirl.

Regarding the thought of Supergirl in the Justice League trailer, the hologram(?) is again shown with Bruce Wayne stating, “The world needs Superman.” I’m not sure why Superman’s legs look the way they do, but that does seem to be Superman’s cape as well.

Superman hologram Justice League

For Green Lantern, as pretty much thought the green lights are just that, and not Green Lantern, as today’s footage offered a better look at The Flying Fox:

Batman Flying Fox

Now that doesn’t necessarily mean Green Lantern and Supergirl are not in the Justice League movie, as there have been rumors about Green Lantern, and Man of Steel paved the way for Supergirl in the DCEU, so it’s still a possibility. I would say there is more of a chance of Green Lantern appearing as the Green Lantern Corps movie is being developed, and Green Lantern is a founding Justice League member. I would guess if there is anything about Supergirl, it would again be sort of an Easter Egg, perhaps similar to Man of Steel, rather than a full blown cameo role.

Justice League has a November 17, 2017 release directed by Zack Snyder, with the story by Chris Terrio and Zack Snyder, the screenplay by Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, and stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Willem Dafoe an Atlantean, Nuidis Vulko.

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Josh Brolin’s New Cable Photo Is Super Intense, Check It Out

Josh Brolin’s New Cable Photo Is Super Intense, Check It Out

 Needless to say the primary reason people will go see Deadpool 2 next year is to watch Ryan Reynolds continue breaking the fourth wall as Wade Wilson, but the sequel also has the added bonus of introducing Cable and Domino to the X-Men universe. There’s an especially high amount of anticipation for the live action Cable given the character’s popularity and his dynamic with Deadpool in the comics. The first pictures of Josh Brolin’s Cable dropped last month, and now we have a new look at the actor in character for a super intense moment.

Cable Porn #💀💩L2 #cableinsanity #cableswole #cablepowered #cableporn

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It’s anyone’s guess what’s happening in this photo that Josh Brolin posted on his Instagram page. Maybe Brolin is just doing his yelling exercises so he’s ready to channel Cable’s rage when the cameras are rolling. Maybe this is the moment when Cable sees how he looks after being infected with the techno-organic virus and appropriately freaks out. Maybe Cable’s just noticing that the barber cut his hair wrong. Whatever the reason, this picture serves as a good reminder of how different Cable is compared to Deadpool 2‘s eponymous protagonist. Unlike Wade Wilson, who spends most of his time cracking jokes and one-liners, Cable is a fairly serious character, so don’t expect him to help lighten the mood. Well, not purposefully, anyway. Knowing Deadpool, he’ll come up with a few ways to make the Cable the butt of a joke.

Josh Brolin will be pulling double comic book movie duty next year. In early May, he’ll appear in Avengers: Infinity War as Thanos, the MCU’s overarching grand baddie who he previously cameoed as in Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers: Age of Ultron. But just one month later, moviegoers will see Brolin lends his talents to the Fox Marvel universe as Cable in Deadpool 2. Like his comic book counterpart, the live action Cable will hail from the future, although according to director David Leitch, Deadpool 2 won’t address the more convoluted elements of Cable’s origin. Still, part of me hopes that Deadpool makes a smart-ass comment about Cable’s connection to Cyclops in the same vein as that McAvoy/Stewart Professor X crack he made in the first Deadpool movie.

Deadpool 2 is just the start of Josh Brolin’s journey as Cable. As part of the actor’s four-picture deal, he’s expected to also appear in X-Force, which will once again pair him with Deadpool, Presumably fellow Deadpool 2 newcomer, Domino (played by Zazie Beetz), will also appear with these two in the militaristic mutant team’s movie, though that hasn’t been confirmed yet. As for how Cable and Domino will factor into Deadpool 2, that remains to be revealed, but with filming wrapping up next month, hopefully we’ll receive some plot information before the year is finished.

Deadpool 2 opens in theaters on June 1, 2018.

A Long-Dead Marvel Movie Could Get Revived For Phase Four

A Long-Dead Marvel Movie Could Get Revived For Phase Four

Power Pack comicsThe end of an era is fast approaching for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Infinity War is kicking off the beginning of the end next year, and Avengers 4 in 2019 will not only conclude the MCU’s Phase Three, but will also be the culmination of what this franchise has been building to since its inception in 2008. But that won’t spell the end of the MCU altogether, as there are already a few movies planned for Phase Four. Now there’s word that Marvel is possibly considering reviving the long-dead Power Pack project as one of the entries of this upcoming slate.

Introduced in 1984’s Power Pack #1, the Power Pack team is made up of the Power siblings: Alex, Julie, Jack and Katie.In the comics, an alien nicknamed Whitey who had come to Earth to stop the quartet’s father, physicist Dr. James Power, from accidentally destroying Earth with his antimatter experiment. However, Whitey died before he could accomplish his mission and rescue James and his wife Margaret from being kidnapped by an alien faction, so he gave the kids his powers before passing. As a result, Alex, a.k.a. Gee, could manipulate gravity; Julie, a.k.a. Lightspeed, could fly via rapid forward propulsion; Jack, a.k.a. Mass Master, could control his own density; and Katie, a.k.a. Energizer, could disintegrate matter. With their new abilities, the Power children were able to save their parents and stop the antimatter test, and they officially became superheroes soon after. Outside of the comics, the Power Pack has appeared in The Super Hero Squad Show and in a live action TV pilot that was made in 1991 for NBC, but wasn’t ordered to series.

Power Pack isn’t the only family-friendly superhero movie which is reportedly in the works. 20th Century Fox is supposedly working on a Fantastic Four movie that would focus on Reed Richards and Sue Storm’s children, Franklin and Valeria. Throw in the upcoming Incredibles 2, Sky High 2 and Astro Boy, as well as Big Hero 6 (another Marvel Comics property) from a few years back, and it would appear that Hollywood is eager on providing younger superhero fans more big screen tales for them to enjoy.

 

6 Ideas Wonder Woman Kind Of Took From Captain America

6 Ideas Wonder Woman Kind Of Took From Captain America

 One of the biggest hits of the summer 2017 movie season was Wonder Woman, arriving a year after Diana of Themyscira’s live action theatrical debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and over 75 years after her first comics appearance. Earning critical acclaim from most moviegoers and earning over $813 million worldwide (making it the most successful cinematic superhero origin story), Wonder Woman has proven to be not just an enjoyable blockbuster, but also a truly inspirational tale. That being said, for those who’ve seen Captain America: The First Avenger, you can’t help but notice that the Amazon’s solo movie shares a lot in common with that MCU installment.

With the newly-released Wonder Woman epilogue delivering yet another similarity to Marvel’s 2011 movie about how Chris Evans’ Steve Roger became the Star Spangled hero, we’ve gathered up the main ideas that Wonder Woman grabbed from Captain America: The First Avenger, be it intentionally or coincidentally. First up, let’s get the obvious choice out of the way and discuss their notable time periods.

Wonder Woman and Captain America

Like many of the superheroes from the Golden Age of Comics, Wonder Woman and Captain America both debuted on the printed page as World War II raged. Most superhero movies usually move the main character’s origin story to contemporary times, but both Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger opted to spotlight their heroes’ rise to glory in a global 20th century conflict. For Captain America, this was especially important, as the catalyst for Steve Rogers being injected with the Super-Soldier Serum is because he was trying to enlist in the military during World War II. It’s not nearly as necessary for Wonder Woman’s origin to be set during a world war, but thankfully, the creative team behind the Amazon’s solo feature moved the action back a little over two decades to World War I. Not only did this help it stand out from Captain America: The First Avenger, but it also improved her origin since this time, she was jumping into a war that was bathed in shades of grey rather than a black and white affair.

Diana of Themyscira and Steve Rogers

Present Day Bookends

Wonder Woman and Captain America: The First Avenger are period pieces for the most part, but they also had bookends at the beginning and end to show how our protagonists are faring in the present day. For Steve Rogers, this meant being freed from his life as a human popsicle after almost 70 years, though we wouldn’t get a sense of his adjustment to awakening in the 21st century until The Avengers. In Wonder Woman‘s case, Diana has been conscious and living in man’s world over the last century, and her movie’s bookends were used to subtly follow up her DCEU introduction in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and set up her return in Justice League later this year. Since both movies were set in cinematic universes, it was wise that there brief scenes at the beginning and end to connect to the wider mythologies without taking attention away from the main narrative taking place in the past.

Wonder Woman and Captain America teams

A Team Of Special Operatives

Both Wonder Woman and Captain America are talented in their own ways, but they still needed help accomplishing their respective missions. In addition to their respective partners/love interests (Peggy Carter for Captain America, Steve Trevor for Wonder Woman), both heroes also fought alongside a special team. During World War II, Steve Rogers was accompanied by the Howling Commandos, which was made up of some of the prisoners Steve rescued from the Red Skull’s lair, like his old pal Bucky Barnes and the mustachioed Dum Dum Dugan. Without the Commandos, Steve might never have vanquished HYDRA during the war. Wonder Woman‘s team didn’t have a cool name, but thanks to Sameer, Charlie and Chief Napi accompanying Diana and Steve Trevor across Europe, they were able to stop General Ludendorff and Doctor Poison’s sinister scheme, saving thousands of lives in the process. Both teams also continued to operate once their respective wars concluded, albeit without a superhero leading them.

Erich Ludendorff and Red Skull

Villains Working Against The Orders Of Their Superiors

Both the Red Skull and General Erich Ludendorff were valued officers in the German military, but they both defied the orders to effectively enact their plans. For the Red Skull, that meant separating HYDRA for the Nazi party so he could fulfill his own plans for world domination using the power of the Tesseract. Then with Ludendorff, in contrast to his real world counterpart (obviously), he was obsessed with carrying on World War I despite his commanding officers wanting to agree to a truce with the Allied Powers, hence why he killed them and moved forward with trying to release his deadly gas to on the battlefront. Neither one of these antagonists were successful in their goals, and maybe if they hadn’t been so ambitious, they would have survived their respective wars. It’s doubtful, but not impossible.

Steve Trevor and Captain America

Someone Named Steve Sacrificing Himself On A Plane

Let it be officially proclaimed that if you make a superhero movie set in a 20th century war, you must have someone named Steve sacrifice himself on a plane. Though between Steve Rogers and Steve Trevor, the former fared better. Towards the end of Captain America: The First Avenger, Steve Rogers steered The Red Skull’s ship into the Arctic so its payload wouldn’t detonate in the U.S., and for decades, he was believed to have died. It was only in 2011 that he was found in a block of ice still alive, and the rest is history. Steve Trevor, on the other hand, appeared to truly perish in Wonder Woman when he flew the bomber carrying Doctor Poison’s gas to a safe distance and then detonated the chemical weapons. However, if the rumors about Wonder Woman 2 are to be believed, we may not have seen the last of Steve Trevor, whether he is somehow miraculously resurrected or returns as a vision/dream/hallucination to Diana.

Mother Box and Tesseract

An Alien Cube Which Contains Great Power

Technically this similarity doesn’t fully apply to Wonder Woman since it was only referenced in the epilogue on the home release, but it’s still important to address. In Captain America: The First Avenger, Red Skull used the Tesseract’s energy to power HYDRA’s weaponry, not knowing what this Infinity Stone was truly capable of. So this particular cube was integral to the plot. For the Wonder Woman epilogue, the Mother Box was only seen as an illustration when Etta Candy tasked Sameer, Charlie and Chief with retrieving it so it doesn’t end up in the wrong hands. This is one of the three Mother Boxes that’s been hidden on Earth for thousands of years, and since it was unearthed in Europe, this is likely the same Mother Box that Silas Stone will use to rebuild his son, Victor, a century later. So even though the Mother Box didn’t play a role in the Wonder Woman movie, its mention in the epilogue is noteworthy, as it teases what’s coming in Justice League.

MARIO, “NO LONGER A PLUMER!”

MARIO, “NO LONGER A PLUMER!”

Here’s a story from the “You Gotta Be Flushing Kiddin’ Me!” File… Mario is no longer a plumber, Nintendo says! What?!

Nintendo mascot and iconic video game character Mario is no longer considered a plumber, the company has announced.

Nintendo announced that Mario has left behind plumbing in a newly updated profile of the character located on the game maker’s Japanese site.

“All around sporty, whether it’s tennis or baseball, soccer or car racing, [Mario] does everything cool. As a matter of fact, he also seems to have worked as a plumber a long time ago…,” reads the profile as translated by Kotaku.

Previously, Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto described the character then named Jumpman in 1981’s Donkey Kong as a carpenter, before he was called a plumber with the release of Super Mario Bros. in 1985.

Fans on Twitter have poked fun at the announcement and shared their confusion on the matter.

“Then why is he dressed like one?!” James Marsh wrote about how Mario continues to look like a plumber.

“This actually made me think. Have any of the Mario games had a scene that involves you having to do actual plumber stuff?” added Izzy Galvez.

Nintendo’s next Mario game, titled Mario Odyssey, is set for to arrive for the Nintendo Switch on Oct. 27. The game features Mario navigating a number of imaginative worlds, including the realistic looking New Donk City. Fans will be able to use a new version of Mario’s signature red hat that now appears with eyes and is able to fuse Mario into enemies, giving the player control of a new set of characters.

Mario will always be a plumber to me. #plumber4life

JAMES WAN LOVES DOLPH LUNDGREN FOR AQUAMAN

JAMES WAN LOVES DOLPH LUNDGREN FOR AQUAMAN

JAMES WAN LOVES DOLPH LUNDGREN FOR AQUAMAN

James Wan is currently filming Aquaman in Australia and also has Annabelle: Creation coming out this week of which he is a producer (and the director on that, David F. Sandberg, is on Shazam).

While talking with THR, James Wan spoke about Dolph Lundgren who is playing the role of King Nereus and who teased filming for the character recently on social media.

“When I was in the process of writing this character [King Nereus] in the world of Aquaman, a friend of mine, [director] Mike Mendez, was working with him on one of his films, and Mike was just raving about how great Dolph was,” Wan offered. “And I thought ‘Oh my god, Dolph would be great for this role as well!’ So it kinda came about from that roundabout way.”

Fit for a king, James Wan noted Dolph Lundgren has a “regal” quality to him and feels he is a really good actor.

“He’s a really strong actor,” Wan continued. “I don’t think anyone gives him enough credit for how serious he actually takes his craft. He’s taking it very seriously on this film.”

Regarding filming Aquaman, James Wan said the films are really difficult!

“It’s a very technically challenging shoot to be on,” Wan said. “Working with water, and even the dry-for-wet sequences are very complex. … Our equivalent of two people sitting around chatting in the underwater world is super complicated. You have to think about CG with the hair, and how their clothing moves, how are they floating, what kind of rig we put them on and all that stuff. ”

Jason Momoa will also be appearing as Aquaman in November’s Justice League.

Aquaman has a December 21, 2018 release starring Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm the Ocean Master, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, with Temuera Morrison as Aquaman’s father, Thomas Curry, Nicole Kidman is playing the mother to Aquaman, Queen Atlanna, and Dolph Ludgren is King Nereus.

 

Why Kate Beckinsale Turned Down Playing Wonder Woman

Why Kate Beckinsale Turned Down Playing Wonder Woman

Kate Beckinsale Underworld

If there’s one definitive, unquestionable bright spot in the DCEU right now, it has to be Diana Prince. Gal Gadot’s fierce Amazon has turned into an instant sensation among audiences, and the Wonder Woman movie has become a box office smash. The character experienced a long road to achieve this success, and many talented actresses turned down the role before she eventually came to life. One such actress was Kate Beckinsale, and The Only Living Boy in New York actress recently revealed that she turned down Wonder Woman because the version pitched to her didn’t resemble the current Diana, saying:

But the incarnations that I was seeing were…They weren’t this one [the 2017 film].

That’s something that a lot of people tend to forget when they think about the long development of a Wonder Woman movie. The project went through an intense evolution over the years, going through several permutations (even current Justice League and Batgirl director Joss Whedon took a shot at the story at one point) before the DCEU even came into existence. In that regard, Kate Beckinsale didn’t necessarily miss out on the role of Diana Prince, because the fan-favorite version of the character created by Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot wasn’t the version of the character that the Underworld actress would’ve played when she had the chance in the mid-2000s.

In that regard, it’s hard to imagine that Kate Beckinsale truly missed out on the role of a lifetime. The superhero genre was still coming into its own in the 2000s, and Marvel hadn’t even truly cracked the code yet. With female superhero movies like Elektra and Catwoman falling flat, it’s probably for the best that Warner Bros. and DC ultimately opted to wait until the genre could convincingly sustain a Wonder Woman franchise. Beyond that, with her work on projects like the Underworldfranchise and the Total Recall remake, Beckinsale has pretty firmly established herself as a bonafide action icon — even without Diana Prince.

Of course, Kate Beckinsale’s children also factored into her decision not to play Diana Prince. The actress continued her explanation to Yahoo Movies and explained that she wasn’t entirely eager to jump into the role at the risk of potentially embarrassing her kids, saying:

I don’t know if I was desperate to be in a leotard. I’d already done the rubber trousers. You have to take in that you have a child at some point and how much could you possibly embarrass them.

You can pick up a digital copy of Diana Prince’s first solo adventure on August 29, and the DVD, Blu-ray, and 4K editions of Wonder Woman will hit shelves three weeks later on September 19. For The Amazonian warrior’s next adventure, make sure to catch her in Justice League when the DC superhero team assembles in theaters on November 17.

As for Kate Beckinsale, make sure to check her out in The Only Living Boy in New York, which is now in theaters.