Word from Variety (Update: now confirmed) is that Chris Pine is looking at signing on as Steve Trevor in the upcoming Wonder Woman film. But he’s a strong, good looking man, he should play a superhero, what a wasted opportunity! So says the internet. So the question is, is playing a male love interest to a female superhero a wasted opportunity?
There are lots of male superheroes with female love interests. Good on Gwyneth Paltrow, Natalie Portman, Amy Adams etc. But when we flip those roles, and instead we’re discussing a male actor playing a love interest for a female superhero, oooh then it’s a wasted opportunity?
I get the internet are quite set on Chris Pine playing Hal Jordan Green Lantern, but the way some people are reacting to this, it’s as if it’s an insult to Chris Pine that he’s up for this role. Just because you’re playing Wonder Woman’s “love interest” doesn’t make it a wasted opportunity. Ultimately it’s up to the writers to make him more than just nice eye candy for Gal Galdot, but there are some really cool things that you can do for the Steve Trevor character.
He doesn’t have to be the helpless guy that has to be saved by Wonder Woman, to make Wonder Woman seem like a tough woman. He can be so much more (as can all love interests for superheroes).
Steve Trevor for those unfamiliar originally was a pilot that crashed onto the secret Paradise Island, where he met Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman accompanied Steve off the Island and from there the two became closer as Diana took on a diplomatic role. In the New 52 the two don’t really have the happy relationship, with Diana of course currently in a relationship with Superman.
However he’s more than just another love interest, he has his own stories and adventures. In the New 52, Steve Trevor is a government agent, and works with Waller in A.R.G.U.S. As part of his work he becomes a member and leader of the Justice League of America. Not to be confused with the main Justice League which includes Wonder Woman, Batman, Superman etc, this Justice League was set up by the government to take down the original Justice League if need be. For example Martian Manhunter is on the JLA to be a match for Superman.
So being Wonder Woman’s love interest can give you some really interesting story arcs to play with. At first he can be the pilot that meets Wonder Woman and falls for her, but there is lot more the character can do. He can be the military’s liaison to the Justice League. I’m assuming the government are going to want eyes on the Justice League once they form, especially Amanda Waller, so Steve Trevor can be those eyes, and the bridge between the Justice League and the government. From there we can see him working in A.R.G.U.S with Waller, in which they can get up to their dodgy adventures. And who knows, maybe one day he will become the founder of the Justice League of America in the cinematic universe, creating a team that can match the original 7.
I’m not seeing this as a wasted opportunity for Chris Pine, I’m seeing that as an opportunity for Chris Pine to be this connecting force for the Justice League. Playing a superhero is cool, I’m sure, but there ain’t nothing wrong with being Steve Trevor either.
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