Huge news out of the DC Entertainment/Warner Brothers camp today, as director Zack Snyder confirmed the appearance of the greatest female superhero of all-time in his upcoming Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. Israeli actress Gal Gadot, best know for her role as Gisele in the Fast & Furious franchise will star as the Amazon.
“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.”
So what does Wonder Woman’s appearance in Batman vs. Superman and Gadot’s casting tell us? Well, for one thing, the long, winding, blocked path to a Justice League movie is now a whole lot clearer. If audiences flip for Gadot’s interpretation of the iconic heroine, the next logical step for DC Entertainment would be to greenlight a solo Wonder Woman flick for a 2016 or 2017 release, then reunite the Trinity in Justice League (along with other lesser-known actors playing Green Lantern, Flash, etc.)for summer 2018. It also tells us that DC isn’t interested in committing enormous sums of money to any “name” actors outside of their golden boy Ben Affleck. The strategy from here on out could involve Affleck taking on directorial duties and perhaps making a cameo as Batman in the solo Wonder Woman flick to help further establish the world-building DC wants to do in order to compete with Marvel Studios. But that’s just me spitballing.
So, why did Snyder and company go with Gadot and ignore fan favorites like Gina Carano or Jaimie Alexander? I’m…honestly not sure what their thought process was here. Gadot certainly possesses an ethereal, classic Greek Goddess facial structure, but there is a lot of noise on message boards and comment threads already about her waifish body type, which doesn’t even come close to resembling Diana’s busty, muscular, and statuesque form depicted in the pages of DC comics. There’s a very vocal contingent of women out there who are upset over what they view as a missed opportunity for Hollywood to provide young woman with a powerful, curvaceous role model who breaks the super-thin supermodel mold It’s a subject sure to fuel countless essays and editorials in the months and years to come. Me? I just hope she can act. Hell, she was in the Israeli military, perhaps she can project the power her physical frame lacks.
Regardless how any of us feels about who is playing her, isn’t it awesome to know we are FINALLY going to see the third most-recognized and iconic superhero on the big screen? It’s about damn time, Hollywood.