Gal Gadot, who played Gisele in the Fast & Furious films, has reportedly locked the role of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.
Variety spoke with Snyder, who offered this statement about Gadot’s casting:
Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe. Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.
I probably don’t have to tell you guys this, but this announcement is a huge deal. First of all, it cements the fact that Wonder Woman will appear in the film (which had been rumored for a while) and confirms DC’s plans to create their own Marvel-like approach to filmmaking, tossing recognizable superheroes together in the same movie.
Secondly, it confirms that Gadot will play Wonder Woman and not just Diana Prince; some suspected her secret identity would make a cameo but we might not see her in full costume in the film. I suppose there’s still a tiny sliver of a possibility that could be the case, but it would be a total cop out if Snyder’s offering statements about how powerful this character is and she were to show up in the movie without displaying that power.
(Update: Variety’s initial story described Wonder Woman as one of the female leads, but that has since been deleted. They’re now saying Wonder Woman and Flash will appear in the film in some context, but it’s yet to be determined how big of a part they’ll play in the movie. My statement about Snyder copping out still stands.)
Third, this is the first time Wonder Woman will be seen in a live action feature film, and there are obviously implications that this character could spin off into her own franchise outside of her dealings with Batman and Superman. It also sets her version of the character in the same timeline and universe as Henry Cavill’s Superman and Ben Affleck’s Batman, and important distinction to make considering both of those guys will likely be playing those characters for many years to come. (In other words, it’s unlikely that we’ll be seeing Gadot’s Wonder Woman ever hanging out with a younger Bruce Wayne.)
Gadot brought a lot of physicality, humor, and playfulness to the role of Gisele in the Fast films, and I think she’s an inspired choice to bring this iconic character to life. For more on what Wonder Woman’s inclusion means to the larger DC Universe, check out Chris Clow’s editorial here.
Batman vs. Superman (or whatever it will ultimately end up being titled) will hit theaters on July 17th, 2015.
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