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    Posted on Oct 3, 2013

    Amazing Fan-Made "Wonder Woman" Short Film Proves Why There Needs To Be A Wonder Woman Movie

    Rileah Vanderbilt, the star of the short, tells us what Hollywood needs to up their Wonder Woman game.

    This amazing fan-made short is proof that the world desperately needs a Wonder Woman movie as soon as humanly possible.

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    BuzzFeed Geeky talked to the badass Rileah Vanderbilt, who plays Wonder Woman in the short.

    How did you land the part? What was the shooting experience like?

    The director, Sam Balcomb, contacted me after his wife suggested me for the part. She was a fan of some of my other nerdy online videos that I do with my production company Team Unicorn, and thought that I'd be perfect for this! Being a full-blown geek, I was super excited about this opportunity and I loved that Sam was just as passionate about the character as I was and really wanted to do this project the justice that it deserved. Shooting was incredible, I got to work with some great stunt guys and an awesome crew. The shoot itself was two days, and it was all shot in front of a green screen. I spent the 10 weeks leading up to the shoot getting in the best possible shape I could. It was important to me to match the physicality of Diana as best as I could in the time I had before we filmed. I even started a fitness blog on my website to document the entire process! Really wish I would have had a couple more months to put on even more muscle, but I was pretty happy with the overall results.

    Why do you think that there hasn't been a (successful) Wonder Woman movie or TV show?

    The reason I'm such a huge Wonder Woman fan is that I feel like Diana is such a perfect balance of strength, beauty, venerability, compassion, and a sense of duty. That's what really makes the character work. I don't feel like Hollywood has really figured out that balancing act yet — the scales are always tilted one way or another. "She needs to be a sex symbol" or "She needs to be more of a badass," etc., etc...

    One of the best parts of this video is the realistic, non-stripper spandex Wonder Woman costume. Were you involved in the design process? Was there a conscious decision to make the outfit different from previous incarnations of the character?

    I think the conscious decision was to just make the best version of this costume as we possibly could! In the case of Wonder Woman, the costume is just as iconic as the character. You can't have one without the other, as we've seen in other incarnations of this hero. Sure the spandex bodysuit works well in the comics, but how does that translate to live action? Well, it really doesn't. So, Heather Greene, our wonderfully talented costume designer, designed a functional costume that still kept true to the feel of its predecessors. Not only did she create an updated realistic version of the costume, but she kept in mind the balance between Diana in Themyscira and Wonder Woman in our world. I may be biased, but I really feel like this is probably the best costume I've ever seen for Wonder Woman, and I am so humbled and proud that I get to wear it! I think back to my final fitting before the shoot, where I put on the full costume for the first time, and seeing myself in it actually made me tear up a bit! Haha! I don't even think I teared up when I found my wedding dress! It was just such an emotional experience for me, as a fan, to see this costume come to life and be the most perfect version of it possible.

    If you couldn't play Wonder Woman in a Hollywood version, who would you cast?

    I think Jaimie Alexander would be my number one choice to play Diana. Not only is she strikingly beautiful, but her physique, height, and presence reminds me of what an Amazon princess should embody. Playing Sif in the Thor movies also gives her experience at being an action star.

    What villain would you want Wonder Woman to fight in a Hollywood version?

    I really don't have an answer for that, haha! I just want whoever she fights to be an epic bad guy.

    Batman or Superman?

    As much as I love Supes, I have to say Batman! Tall, dark, and handsome!

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