Earlier this month, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins confirmed rumors that retired boxer Ann Wolfe would portray Artemis, one of Princess Diana's greatest rivals. The casting is unique to say the least, since Wolfe has never been in a film before.
Should fans of Artemis be concerned? Ann Wolfe could very well be a great actress, but more than likely her casting signals a one-and-done or a minor appearance for the Bana Amazonian.
Who Is Artemis?
Created in 1994, Artemis of Bana-Mighdall is a fiery warrior from Greece (and later Egypt) who — in the hope of ruling the Amazonian women — battled and defeated Princess Diana for the title of "Wonder Woman." She even joined the Justice League.
The Amazonian not only duked it out with Diana, but she also took on Hippolyta, Bizzaro and Jason Todd (the latter two would later team with her to form the #Outlaws in DC Rebirth). But she died, going to the underworld for a time, and Diana took the mantle of Wonder Woman back.
Does Ann Wolfe's Casting Signal A TKO For Artemis?
I may be jumping the gun, but Wolfe has zero acting experience under her belt. Before you mention guys like Dave Bautista and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson making the transition from fighting to acting, but WWE requires a heavy dose of acting ability.
Maybe Wolfe is like Gina Carano, who went from MMA to Haywire and Deadpool? Or like Ronda Rousey, who had action-heavy supporting roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7?
However, Rousey was one of the hottest names in MMA — an absolute mega-star in UFC and a household name, still in her athletic prime — when she was cast. Wolfe is a great fighter with plenty of world title wins to her name, but she isn't bringing that level of contemporary name recognition to Wonder Woman like a Ronda Rousey would. It all just makes me think Artemis is going to be a pretty minor character in this franchise, and perhaps one who won't be around for long.
We won't truly know what fate has in store for Artemis until Wonder Woman opens on June 2, 2017 — but considering all the factors I'm willing to bet that she won't be around the #DCEU for very long.