Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot to play Wonder Woman
Israeli actor Gal Gadot is to play Wonder Woman in the forthcoming "Batman v Superman" movie, it has been revealed.
The appointment of the Fast & Furious 6 star ends months of speculation over whether DC Comics' best known female superhero would appear in the film, which is director Zack Snyder's sequel to this year's Superman reboot Man of Steel. The movie remains untitled but is known to centre on a conflict between the last son of Krypton and Gotham's dark knight. Along with Wonder Woman, other inhabitants of the DC universe such as The Flash and Nightwing are rumoured to be making appearances.
"Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe," said Snyder. "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, a former model and Miss Israel, tweeted: "Wonder Woman! So exciting!!! Can't express how happy I am : )))"
If the new film is a hit, studio Warner Bros is expected to produce a Justice League film featuring Superman alongside Batman, Wonder Woman and various lesser-known heroes. Ben Affleck was revealed as the surprise new Batman last September and has reportedly signed on for multiple movies to play the caped crusader and his alter ego, Bruce Wayne. British actor Henry Cavill reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent after impressing in this summer's Man of Steel.
Linda Carter, 62, who played Wonder Woman on the small screen between 1975 and 1979, tweeted: "Congratulations to Gal Gadot!" within a few hours of the news being broken. However, elsewhere the reaction to the casting news was mixed. Blogger Drew McWeeny wrote: "I've met Gal Gadot. She's very pretty. She also looks like she'd snap in half if I leaned on her wrong," but others pointed out that the actor had two years in the Israeli army to prepare her for the powerful role.
So far there appears to be no online campaign for a different casting choice such as the one which greeted Affleck's appointment three months ago. Man of Steel 2 is due to shoot next year for a July 2015 release.
I may be doing Gal a disservice (after all, everyone is pretty wooden in the 'Fast & Furious' movies) but I get the impression that they're not taking the idea of a potential Wonder Woman spin-off movie very seriously.