The untitled Man of Steel sequel, which will star Ben Affleck as Batman and bring back Henry Cavill as Superman, will now also feature Wonder Woman.
The character was created way back in 1941, and while she’s always had a presence in the comic books since then, Wonder Woman’s adventures outside of them have been restricted to the small screen or animated home releases.
Finally, the Wonder Woman would be making her big screen debut, since her last appearance in the television show Wonder Woman, which aired from 1975 to 1979. On Wednesday, Warner Bros. announced that the Israeli-born actress Gal Gadot is casted as the Amazonian heroine whose arsenal of superhero toys includes a pair indestructible bracelets, lasso of truth, and an invisible airplane. Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne and Diane Lane round out the cast.
“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” Snyder said. “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.”
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model who is best known for playing Gisele in Fast & Furious, Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6. Gadot had a small role in 2010 action-adventure Knight & Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz, and another the same year in romcom Date Night as Mark Wahlberg’s Israeli girlfriend.
The actress married Israeli businessman Yaron Versano while filming for Fast & Furious in September 2008 and the couple welcomed baby Alma in late 2011.
Gadot, who won Miss Israel and competed in Miss Universe in 2004, expressed her excitement on Twitter : “Wonder Women! So exciting!!! Can’t express how happy I am :))))”
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.
Actually, the 28-year-old actress is about as experienced as Henry Cavill was when Zack Snyder signed him up for the role of Superman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, so there is little reason to dismiss her so soon, says the Independent.
The movie remains untitled but is known to center 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 rumored to be making appearances. Filming on the “Man of Steel” sequel is scheduled to start early next year with a scheduled release of July 17, 2015.