‘Captain America: Civil War’s’ Florence Kasumba Joins ‘Wonder Woman’

‘Captain America: Civil War’s’ Florence Kasumba Joins ‘Wonder Woman’

By Amanda Joyce Jun 02, 2016 10:37 AM
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Marvel comic book fans were a little excited when they caught Florence Kasumba as the woman in charge of T’Challa’s (Chadwick Boseman) security for Captain America: Civil War. Why? Because her appearance in the film seemed to fit with a specific group of Black Panther comic book characters, leading to the belief that the Dora Milaje would be appearing in his upcoming solo film. Now Kasumba is trading one warrior culture for another, and one comic book label for another.

The Dora Milaje are a group of women in Wakanda who are pulled from all the different tribes in the country to train to be great warriors. They are the country’s elite and are expected to protect the king, and in this case, the Black Panther, above all else. Though Kasumba’s character wasn’t given a name in the film, speculation ran wide that she was a member of the Dora Milaje because the women in the comics are always depicted with shaved heads and because she has a slight confrontation with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson). Black Widow has had her share of fights with the Dora Milaje in the comics.

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Whether Kasumba will land in the Black Panther film or not remains to be seen. Only a handful of actors have begun negotiations for roles, though there’s a long list of rumored character spots to be filled. We likely won’t know until the movie starts filming in early 2017. She has already done work for another superhero film though through Warner Bros. and DC Comics. She’s been added to the cast list for Wonder Woman as Senator Acantha. Because this cast addition occurs on the Internet Movie Database where anyone who has a membership can submit changes to movie information, the character might not be accurate, but we’ll likely find that out closer to the movie’s theatrical release.

NBC, Florence Kasumba as East in Emerald City

Senator Acantha isn’t a huge presence in the DC comic book series, with only two appearances in the comics - one in a 1987 issue of Wonder Woman and one in a 2007 issue of Supergirl - but her inclusion, if true, speaks to a fleshing out of the characters in Wonder Woman’s (Gal Gadot) home of Themyscira. In the Wonder Woman story, Acantha served as a member of the group debating what the Amazons should do with the knowledge Diana brought back after living amongst normal human beings. She had been sent out from their mythological home to discover what the world was like. Her mother didn’t want her to return to the outside world while Acantha argued that she should become their ambassador to humanity. While there’s a whole conflict with Zeus wanting Diana to be his next conquest in the comic as well, Acantha’s part is reserved largely to the debate about the outside world.

Considering that we already know Wonder Woman’s story will be set across multiple time periods, filling in the character history we didn’t have time for in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s entirely possible we could see Acantha fill a similar role as someone who advocates for Diana to become a part of society in the outside world so that the Amazons can learn about the people they’ve isolated themselves from.

Captain America: Civil War is currently playing in theaters. Wonder Woman will land in theaters in 2017. Black Panther hits theaters in 2018. You’ll also be able to catch Kasumba in NBC’s new twist on The Wizard of Oz in 2017. She’ll be playing East in Emerald City.

Tags: Wonder Woman (2017), Captain America: Civil War (2016), Black Panther (2018), Marvel Cinematic Universe
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