There are a lot of things we don’t know about Wonder Woman in Batman “Not the Actual Title” vs. Superman. But what we know right now is: She will be in it. And she will be played by Israeli actress Gal Gadot of the Fast and Furious movies.
Variety has the official announcement, with a quote from Zack Snyder himself:
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.
Here’s what we don’t know: to what extent Wonder Woman will appear in the film. The project is still operating under the title Batman vs. Superman for the moment, and a list of recent domain registrations by Warner Bros. do not stray from that theme. According to Variety:
Insiders believe the plan is to have not just Batman and Superman in the film but several members of the Justice League as well. It’s unclear which members, but Wonder Woman (Diana Prince) and the Flash are said to be locks to make an appearance in some fashion, whether that’s a significant role or a cameo.
So there’s no indication yet that we’re going to be seeing a so-called Trinity movie. And, of course, we’re still looking at a sequel from the team behind Man of Steel, a lukewarm success among fans and critics; as well as a movie from Zack Snyder, whose track record on female characters can be hit or miss (as much as I loved Lois and Faora in MoS, there’s still Watchmen and Sucker Punch).
And we’re still looking at the most well-known superheroine in the world making her big screen debut in at most third billing in a sequel to someone else’s franchise that appears to focus primarily on two male characters. (Shame on Hollywood tbh) So many people have made the excuse that Wonder Woman is a difficult hero to adapt because of her less well known origin story. Introducing her as a secondary character in a movie that probably won’t even have time to go into her background in depth does not seem like a solution to that assumed hurdle.
Does the idea that Wonder Woman will appear in Batman vs. Superman make me more interested in seeing the movie? Yes, barely. But when Wikipedia’s Batman in Film and Superman in Film articles run five to seven thousand words each, and Wonder Woman doesn’t even have one, this seems, at the moment, to look a lot like a tiny bandage offered for a much larger problem. This is a step in the right direction, but not a giant leap for Amazon-kind.
Fans on the Internet were quick to weigh in on the news.
Some were concerned that Gadot may not the best choice for the role. Some commented that Wonder Woman’s actress should be a tall, athletic-looking woman, since the character is an Amazon warrior. Others drew comparisons between Gadot and actress Lynda Carter, whose portrayal of the superheroine in a television show that ran from 1975 to 1979 remains the gold standard for many fans.
However, others were happy about the news, and were especially excited by the possibility of seeing other DC characters on the big screen as well. Some users also noted that Gadot’s Israeli heritage made her an interesting casting choice.
Comic book creators seemed optimistic about the news. Writer Gail Simone tweeted that she was “cautiously optimistic” about the news, while screenwriter Bryan Lynch said that he loves the casting news and believes that the Batman/Superman movie should be called a “Justice League” movie instead. (nice try, but DC's not Marvel yet lmao)
Snyder also believes that Gadot, who is a professional sports trainer and has served two years in the Israel Defense Forces, is a good choice for the role.
“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,” said Snyder.
Gadot joins Affleck and Henry Cavill (Superman) on the film, which is currently in production.
Wonder Woman has been cast. Internet premature meltdown commencing in 5, 4, 3, 2...— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) December 4, 2013
Yes. This on Wonder Woman. RT @impstudios: You had me at "Newcomer".— Brad Meltzer (@bradmeltzer) December 4, 2013
So progressive of the WB to announce Wonder Woman won't get her own movie a week after 2 of the biggest female-lead movies ever opened.— Faith Erin Hicks (@faitherinhicks) December 4, 2013
Should've cast Beyonce as Wonder Woman. She's one of the biggest stars on earth, & there's no better publicity than racists yelling at you.— Joe Hughes (@JoeHughes28) December 4, 2013
Is Batman/Superman/Wonder Woman the new Buffy/Angel/Spike? asks Whedon fan site account desperately trying to join in today's casting news— whedonesque (@whedonesque) December 4, 2013
I cant wait for the swooping camera shot of batman, superman & wonder woman standing back to back surrounded by villains. #internetsnark— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) December 4, 2013
Imagine a world where Batman and Superman are finally cast in their first movie and it's called Wonder Woman vs. Wonder Woman.— CC:Indecision (@indecision) December 4, 2013
"Gal Gadot is too skinny!" "Jennifer Lawrence is too fat!" "This chair is juuuust right."— Alex Zalben (@azalben) December 4, 2013
Hey we haven't even seen the new Wonder Woman actress in costume yet- hold your horses, nerds.— jessiawesome (@jessiawesome) December 4, 2013
Something-something Wonder Woman. Hey, listen, I'm happy she's in a movie, but call me when she gets her own and Snyder isn't doing it.— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) December 4, 2013
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