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Friday 22 August 2014

Munn doubts over Wonder Woman role

Olivia Munn is a massive fan of Wonder Woman

Olivia Munn's love for Wonder Woman may be no secret, but the actress doesn't think she'd be likely to play the superheroine on the big screen.

Chinese-American Olivia said she was unlikely to be considered due to her heritage as well as competition from bigger-name actresses.

"It would be great, though, if the producers could make Wonder Woman an Asian-American, but that's probably not what they would do," said The Newsroom star. "I don't know a lot of Asian-American women who are getting great opportunities yet, and the other actresses (vying for the role) are probably really famous and Hollywood tends to go for the girls who are already in the big movies."

Olivia has a fierce following among comic book fans thanks to her love for "geek culture" and regular appearances at San Diego's Comic-Con. The 33-year-old actress born in Oklahoma also has appeared in Iron Man 2 and Magic Mike.

While she gushed about feeling "strong and invincible" when she once dressed up as Wonder Woman, she admitted discomfort in the costume, too. "I dressed up as Wonder Woman one year and that was my last; it's not comfortable to dress up in front of all those people," she said. "Costumes for superheroes; man or woman, are always very skimpy, so it's not something that you want to wear with a lot of people around you.

"But I love Wonder Woman as much as I love Batman - but obviously a little bit more because she's such a strong female figure and there aren't that many strong female superheroes out there."

She also explained that the title of her book, Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures Of A Hollywood Geek, was not her idea, but rather an editor's inspiration.

"I did not want to name it that, and I actually did not agree with it because I love Wonder Woman," Olivia said. But she admitted: "It worked out well because the name was so silly that it became memorable and helped my book sell so I stopped complaining about the name."

Warner Bros has yet to confirm reports that a Justice League film is being slated for 2017 in which a medley of DC Comics superheroes - including Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman - come together to fight crime.

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