It seems that DC is very much set on creating its own Avengers-style line of movies, beginning with this year’s epic (but disappointing) Man of Steel and continuing with 2015’s forthcoming, still-untitled sequel which will see Superman go up against Batman for the first time on the big screen.
But now, you can throw another major DC superhero(ine) into the mix of the battle, after it has emerged that not only will Wonder Woman – alias Diana Prince – feature in the movie but an actress has been found to play her.
Gal Gadot is the lucky woman tasked with bringing the celebrated female superhero to her first cinematic appearance. The name should sound familiar to Fast and Furious fans, since in those line of films (particularly the last three) she played Gisele, aka the one who made that cool motorcycle entrance in Fast Five and went on to become character Han’s ill-fated love interest. The former Israeli model’s other film credits include comedies Knight and Day and Date Night.
Director Zack Snyder commented on Gadot’s casting in a statement: “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.”
Gadot joins Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, who will play Superman and Batman respectively, as well as other returning cast members Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White). David O. Goyer will return to write the screenplay.
Honestly, as much as Man of Steel was a huge let-down after months and months of hype and excitement (though that was mostly down to the direction and especially the writing), we are optimistic that this forthcoming sequel will be a vast improvement, particularly since this is introducing and re-introducing two very popular characters from the same company. Should they mess up and create a fan split more significant than with Man of Steel, you can’t imagine the angry outcry Warner Bros would face, and there’s no way they would risk doing something like that.
As for the casting of Gadot as Wonder Woman, again as with Affleck’s casting as Batman it wouldn’t be everyone’s first choice (Thor‘s Jaimie Alexander was considered to be a good bet at one point) but like Affleck we haven’t seen her in action yet and it could very well turn out that she completely nails the part. For now, we have no idea; we’re just going to have to wait for 2015 to find out…