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Friday, November 7, 2008

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posted by on November 7 at 15:57 PM

First a black president, and now… a black Wonder Woman?!

Beyoncé: I Want to Play Wonder Woman

“What would be better than Wonder Woman?” she tells the Los Angeles Times. “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?”

The singer-actress, 27, has met with representatives at DC Comics and Warner Bros. to discuss donning the red, white and blue bathing suit on screen, she says.


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I nominate Pam Grier.

Posted by yucca flower | November 7, 2008 4:25 PM

Yes, @1, yes!

Posted by Paul Constant | November 7, 2008 4:31 PM

Salma Hayek.

Posted by Catman | November 7, 2008 4:40 PM

Wanda Sykes.

Posted by Matthew | November 7, 2008 4:43 PM

yeah, sorry, no one wants to see that.

where's my fucking dr. strange movie?

Posted by max solomon | November 7, 2008 4:44 PM

I am totally down with that.

Even if Salma Hayak, Shakira, and Pam Grier are hotter.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 7, 2008 4:46 PM

Lynda Carter is still hotter than any of the above.

Posted by thewildcard | November 7, 2008 4:54 PM

Somebody make it happen.

Posted by Greg | November 7, 2008 5:00 PM


If only they had cast a black woman as Neo in The Matrix. You know I'm right.

Posted by elenchos | November 7, 2008 5:08 PM

@9: they made half of god a black woman in the matrix.

Posted by max solomon | November 7, 2008 5:16 PM


A token minor character is not the same as the lead. It's rather insulting, really. At least Neo didn't have a black sidekick who died.

Oh, wait...

Posted by elenchos | November 7, 2008 5:25 PM

I want to see a Charles post on this topic.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | November 7, 2008 5:28 PM

Shirley Hemphill

Posted by gregg | November 7, 2008 5:37 PM

Wonder Woman is an Amazon (technically in the DC comic, a clay golem sculpted by the Amazon Queen Hypolyta, who breathed life into her creation).

Amazons in myth were supposedly were Scythian in origin, so Hypolyta would probably have sculpted her "daughter" to appear Turkish, Persian or possibly Slavic. Also, Amazons in myth cut off their right breast to aid their archery skills...

Posted by um | November 7, 2008 6:08 PM

Hypolyta schmypolyta...yeah, it's time for a black chick to play wonder woman. it'd be cool and new. why the hell not?

Posted by ellarosa | November 7, 2008 7:46 PM

Because some people have interest in the story itself, and if you take away any interest in who her family are / what her culture is, she's just Some Chick in Tights?

I'm pretty sure there's some Slavic-or Middle-Eastern-looking actresses who'd be better suited to portray the actual personality of the role than Beyonce, too.

Posted by katherine | November 7, 2008 10:30 PM

Fuck you Beyonce. Either play an existing black superhero or create a new one. Wonder Woman is white. Storm is black.

I am tired of people like Will Smith saying that they should get to play James Bond. Only if Keanu Reeves gets to play Shaft.

Posted by elswinger | November 8, 2008 10:54 AM

keanu reeves as shaft! why the hell not?

Posted by ellarosa | November 8, 2008 4:58 PM

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