Some exciting news hit the web today in the form of a Batman vs. Superman casting announcement. Comic Book Resources reports that Gal Gadot, the Israeli actress best known for her role as Gisele Harabo in the three most recent Fast & Furious sequels, was revealed to be taking the mantle of Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The Amazonian princess with the golden lasso, a character that has been around since 1941, has surprisingly never been portrayed in cinemas, but was famously portrayed by Lynda Carter in the late 1970s television series.
Zack Snyder, the director of Man of Steel and its aforementioned sequel as well as the hits 300 and Watchmen, seems to be happy with the decision. "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,” said the director. “We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."
Although female superheroes on film aren't historically great performers at the box office, using a guaranteed blockbuster like Batman vs. Superman as a springboard into a solo film could very well pay off in a big way down the line. Wonder Woman is one of the most popular female characters in all of popular culture, so it is time for her to get the film treatment she deserves. A great symbol of feminism and a woman's strength, she could become a great hero for the droves of young girls looking for a role model, and a fantastic introduction to the expanded DCU as a whole. Let's just hope that Snyder doesn't go the sex symbol route and turn a great icon and hero into a sex object for Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent to fight over.
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