– by Joseph Jammer Medina

While it won’t be long now until Wonder Woman makes her DC Cinematic Universe debut, let’s not forget that we have an actual “Wonder Woman”moving making its way to theaters in the next year and a half or so. The past several weeks seem to have been a revolving door of actresses rumored to play the superheroine’s mother. First it was Cate Blanchett who was rumored to take on the role of Hippolyta, and not long after that, Nicole Kidman was rumored to be taking on the role. Some also speculated that Robin Wright will be portraying the character, but now we know that such rumors were false.

The Hollywood Reporter had the exclusive report that Danish actress Connie Nielsen will indeed be playing the Amazonian queen Hippolyta in the film. While the actress is no stranger to American TV (she was in several episodes of “The Good Wife,” and had a fairly large role in season two of “The Following”), most will probably recognize her as Lucilla in Ridley Scott’s “Gladiator.”

Hippolyta in the 2009 animated "Wonder Woman" film.

Hippolyta in the 2009 animated “Wonder Woman” film.

In the original “Wonder Woman” backstory, an Amazon was to be sent to assist in World War II. While we have very little knowledge as to the content of the film, we’ve recently reported confirmations that at least some of the film will take place during World War I (not World War II). One has to wonder why the filmmakers opted to go for World War I instead of II, but either way, a straightforward adaptation from there is likely. One can assume that Wonder Woman’s mother will be just as disapproving of Diana’s going to the world of man as she is in the comics, but I wonder how that will all come across with our more modern sensibilities. Sure, in the context old old comics it’s fine, but in a modern film, will they be able to get that across? We’ll have to wait and see. It’s very possible, they’ll put a whole twist on the entire thing, and thereby changing Hippolyta’s role in the story altogether.

Either way, I’d say they picked a solid choice for Diana’s, mother, and I can’t wait to see how it all comes together.

What do you think of the casting of Connie Nielsen as the Amazonian Queen? Let us know in the comments down below!

“Wonder Woman” hits theaters on June 23, 2018, but the character of Wonder Woman can be seen on screen in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on March 25, 2016.


Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.