Variety is reporting that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. They even have a quote from Zack Snyder, so you know that this is the real deal. Snyder says:
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.
Gal Gadot is probably best known for her work in several of the Fast & Furious movies. She also won the Miss Israel title in 2004, starred in some Israeli TV series, and appeared in Date Night, Entourage, and Knight and Day. That’s about all she’s done, really, so this is quite an impressive step up.
In most cases, I’d be concerned about someone known primarily for her modeling being cast as Wonder Woman, but Gadot served in the Israeli army for two years so I’m guessing she’s more than tough enough to play Diana. She’s also a big fan of action sequences, and did a lot of her own stunts in the latest Fast & Furious movie. I’ve never seen her in anything, so I don’t know anything about her acting skills, but I think that physically she could be a good fit for the role. Whether or not she can capture Wonder Woman is the bigger question, of course, and one that won’t be answered until we see the movie.
On the plus side, the last beauty pageant winner who played Wonder Woman turned out pretty fantastic. On the negative side, Man of Steel was the wooooooooooooorst and Zack Snyder is generally terrible at female characters. But regardless, Wonder Woman is going to be in the movies! That’s ridiculously cool. I sincerely hope they don’t screw it up; I’m like 87% sure they will screw it up, but I sincerely hope they don’t.