And the New Wonder Woman Is…

Zak Snyder's Batman vs. Superman will be Wonder Woman's big screen debut

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Israeli actress Gal Gadot arrives at the world premiere of "Fast and Furious 6" at the Empire cinema in Leicester Square in central London on May 7, 2013.

Gal Gadot, an Israeli actress best known for playing Gisele in three of the Fast and Furious films, has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck will join her as Superman and Batman, respectively, in Zak Snyder’s followup to this summer’s Man of Steel, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The fact that Wonder Woman would even be a character in the new film was kept under wraps until Wednesday —and with good reason. The inclusion of Wonder Woman in a feature film will likely stoke the controversy surrounding a potential movie in which Wonder Woman is the central character, rather than a supporting player. Critics and bloggers have complained for years that while movie studios seem to have exhausted both the DC and Marvel universes in their quest for summer blockbusters — Ant-Man will fly into theaters in 2015 — Wonder Woman has been left on the bench. Though Lynda Carter starred in a popular 1970s TV show about the character, Wonder Woman has yet to have her own big-screen project — despite the fact that there have been 40 (yes, 40!) superhero movies since 2002.

The reason? Studios probably worry that a female superhero will not draw the same crowds that Batman and Iron Man do. Halle Berry’s take as Catwoman in 2004 flopped, and Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow in the Iron Man and Avengers films has been limited to a supporting role. And Wonder Woman was conceived as a uber-feminist Amazonian princess forced to live in a world “torn apart by the hatred of men,” as Sujay Kumar writes in a great Wonder Woman explainer at the Daily Beast. To make matters more difficult, historically, the heroine has been portrayed as both empowered woman and sex object — and any movie featuring her would have to wrangle with those two characterizations.

But the success of the Hunger Games franchise should prove that audiences are ready for a powerful female superhero to kick bad-guy butt on the big screen, even if she is wearing a glorified bathing suit and carrying a magic lasso (which just seems impractical). Until now, the lack of a Wonder Woman movie has represented the industry’s sexism and inability to understand the concept that if you make a good movie people will see it, regardless of the main character’s gender.

So with that debate brewing, Gal will be filling a large bustier when she takes the screen in a role that will likely make or break her as a star. But Snyder has confidence in her abilities. “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,” said the director. “We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Plus, Gadot’s casting means Wonder Woman will be Jewish, fulfilling many a fanboy’s fantasy.

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18 comments
JosephMolnar
JosephMolnar

"Plus, Gadot’s casting means Wonder Woman will be Jewish, fulfilling many a fanboy’s fantasy."

What does that mean???

JeffDuke
JeffDuke

She is all wrong.......


I think Chyna (Joan Marie Laurer) from WWF/WWE Wrestling would make an Awesome Wonder Woman. She has all of the qualifications being built and everything. 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chyna

Take a look at her wiki and see if I am wrong or not.



PattrickDiamseMerete
PattrickDiamseMerete

Wow, this is something new! Skinny Wonder Woman with a small front and rear bumps. Gadot is undeniably sexy though.

misterfixit16
misterfixit16

One list of 7 possibilities that I feel have several better options http://screenrant.com/wonder-woman-movie-actresses-justice-league/.   Wonder Woman is a tall, physically strong female character.  From what I have read of Gal Gadot, she is tall 5'9", but I think she lacks the body type Wonder Woman demands.  Nothing against small frame women, but WW is not a model size 2 ,3, or 4.  Unless she buffs up AND adds some weight to be the princess of the Amazons, a lot will be lost.  Wonder Woman is in her late 20's early 30's, as I remember.  Gal is on her late 20's so I hope they don't "glamour" her up.  WW is a gritty hero.  Can she, and the directors, pull it off?  Glimpses of her being tough in the fast and furious, its possible.  I don't know, but I will be waiting for the DVD/Redbox.  Ben Affleck as Batman... I put my wallet away right then. 

Best of Luck to Gal and crew... 

RWS212
RWS212

As a Wonder  Woman HUGE fan, I also believe this choice is a horrible mistake.  I am not interested in seeing the film at all. Gadot is casting a "Hollywood Type"-- skinny Israeli actress in this role?  What a joke! What's next....casting Lindsey Lohan as Mamma Cass???

ChristianDinescu
ChristianDinescu

DC really loves to fail... They will never be as good as MARVEL with this choices.

HeatherHorsley
HeatherHorsley

Wonder Woman is supposed to be bigger (muscle tone) as one would describe an Amazonian Woman, not skin and bones!  This is ridiculous! "Wonder Woman is Princess Diana of the immortal Amazons from Greek mythology." Keyword Amazon, meaning a tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.

http://www.dccomics.com/characters/wonder-woman

DeanKarukas
DeanKarukas

Wow what a bad choice. Why would Hollywood pick another skinny woman for a superhero role?

LouisPFreely
LouisPFreely

I do not trust Zack Snyder at all with all these iconic characters.  

SusanLynn
SusanLynn

Lame pick just like Ben Affleck. Whoever is doing the casting needs to be fired. Jaimie Alexander is a dead ringer for Wonder Woman. This movie is going to be awful, think George Clooney's Batman bad.

MichaelMccartney
MichaelMccartney

I think they mean they're staying true to the character so geeks/fanboys don't complain but I thought as an Amazonian she'd believe in Greek gods or at least be Greek orthodox who actually believe in Jesus so that would probably make her as far from Jewish as she could get

RWS212
RWS212

If anyone gets back to you with what that comment means could you let me know?

Who wrote that?  Whose schoolboy fantasy is it?

It's all too crazy!

MitchellMoore
MitchellMoore

@misterfixit16 Your reasons for citing "bad choice" are ridiculous.  First off, Woman Woman LOOKS like she's in her late 20's; early 30s.  She's immortal and ageless!!  And as far as being too skinny, Lynda Carter wasn't exactly all buffed out and she was perfect in the role.  I think Gal Gadot will be fine; it'll probably be a small role in the film anyway so DC can lead into their "Justice League" movie.

And, I'm on board with Ben Affleck.  Stop being a geek...!

AnastasiaAlaniz
AnastasiaAlaniz

@SusanLynn I don't think that anyone would cast Jaimie Alexander in a DC movie. She plays Sif in Thor and such so it's doubtful she was even considered for Wonder Woman.