Now, despite having spent much of the past century fighting bitterly for control of the comic-book market, Marvel and DC have, over the years, actually proven themselves to be surprisingly good at working together. Whether in the form of pan-industry decision-making, the construction of a de facto duopoly over their industry, or even as actual comic-book crossover events, the 'big two' have always been able to work out their differences when so inclined.
When it comes to the movies, though, the pair remain in dogged - and seemingly diametrically opposed - competition, with the exchange of an actor or key creative figure being treated by fans as being roughly comparable to a beloved sportsperson moving to their arch rivals for free. As such, a whole lot of those involved in creating the Marvel and DC cinematic universes have rapidly become inextricably linked to them - with the likes of Robert Downey Jr and Ben Affleck seemingly now forever tied to their own halves of the divide.
Which makes it all the more fascinating to realize that...
Our New Wonder Woman Was Almost in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
Yup, that's right. According to a - two-year-old - interview on Reshet.tv, Gal Gadot, our new on-screen Diana of Themyscira, was at one point in talks for what sounds an awful lot like a role in Guardians of the Galaxy.
As she put it, as part of a broader discussion of the nature of working in the film industry:
"It's a very complicated life, because you live from role to role, and you never know when your next role will be. So when you work, me at least, I am the most grateful, and the most, you know, enjoying it, because it's not obvious. Especially taking part in such crazy productions, really, it's like... I don't know. And that's what... There are all sorts of options and all sorts of possibilities. I have the option now for a role where I will have to shave my head and they will color me in blue paint. I swear to you."
Now, here's the thing - that interview (recently unearthed by Rohan Patel over at ComicBookMovie.com) is from May 19, 2013, with the interview having taken place a few weeks earlier. Which means that the most likely shaven headed, blue-skinned role for Gadot to be talking about?
Why, that'd be Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, as ultimately played by Karen Gillan.
Y'see, Gillan wasn't officially cast in the role until May 31 that year, meaning Gadot could well have been in the running for the part at the time of the interview.
Which in turn means that, somewhere out there in the multiverse, there's a reality where our Wonder Woman was actually in the Marvel Cinematic Universe instead.
Why Didn't Gadot Play Nebula, Though?
Well, assuming that really is the role she was referring to, it seems she may well have never actually be quite as much in the running as she thought. Y'see, Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn - never a man to shy away from social media - responded to the news of Gadot's potential casting in the movie with this:
Which...doesn't really clear things up at all - but does seem to suggest that Karen Gillan gave one hell of an audition.