While thinking about the potential for a new Fantastic Four movie, I had a sudden epiphany: One of the biggest problems with casting any superhero movie (aside from the fact that nearly every superhero flick ends up being a Batman story, regardless of the appropriateness of the tone, or the strange rule that all the costumes these days are made of textured rubber like a basketball) is one of age. Witness the 2004 FF film, where Reed Richards was in his mid-30s, but love interest Susan Storm was played by an actress of 24. The recent Wonder Woman pilot featured an actress who was 27, but didn’t carry much of the maturity that one would expect from the Princess of Themiscyra. Yvonne Craig was 30 years old when she took on the role of Batgirl back in the day, and the lovely Dianna Rigg was nearly the same age as Mrs. Peel in 1965. With the role of the Invisble Woman seemingly up for grabs again, I started to wonder which 22 year-old will get the gig this time, and whether we’ll see someone like Mila Kunis in the role of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Justice League movie.
The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) knows it’s never polite to ask a lady’s age, but wonders about perceptions of youth, asking: How old do you think the Invisible Woman is “supposed” to be? What about Wonder Woman?