Israeli actress Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’

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A month ago, Jaimie Alexander basically showed her beav on the red carpet for Thor 2: The Dark Biscuit, all to “win” the part of Wonder Woman. Jaimie was hustling to the point where I finally had to pay attention – before that point, I thought she and Colby Smulders were the same person. Anyway, Jaimie’s beav gamble did not pay off, because literally the next day, Warner Brothers kind-of released their Wonder Woman shortlist and Jaimie didn’t even make it. The shortlist – all for a supporting part in Batman vs. Superman – included Olga Kurylenko, Elodie Yung and an Israeli actress named Gal Gadot. Well, long story short, Gal Gadot got the part:

Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in the untitled “Batman vs. Superman” movie. Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck are set to star with Zack Snyder directing.

“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,” Snyder said.

Variety first reported that Gadot, “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” thesp Elodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko had tested for the part that was believed to be Wonder Woman.

The Wonder Woman rumor has been kicking around for some time, and 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.

Warners will also look to now cast the villain with “Zero Dark Thirty” and “300: Rise of the Empire” star Callan Mulvey someone Warner Bros. is eyeing to play the role.

Pic will bow July 17, 2015. Gadot was last seen in “The Fast and Furious 6″ and is repped by ICM Partners.

[From Variety]

Gal’s vitals: she’s 28 years old, she’s Israeli, she was in the IDF for two years (every Israeli citizen serves at least one year of military service unless you’re Bar Refaeli!), she has a young daughter and she was Miss Israel in 2004. That’s a pretty bitchin’ resume, quite honestly. I’m not sure how I feel about a non-American playing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, but other than that… Gal is a decent choice. She looks deceptively cute and spunky, but I bet she kicks major ass.

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  1. PHD Gossip says:

    Betcha Jen garner is thrilled. Not!!

  2. LadyMTL says:

    Never heard of her but hey, congrats regardless. Maybe going with an “unknown” is the best way to do it, there are fewer expectations / recriminations / etc than if you get a big name. (See: Batfleck).

    Also – is it me or does she really look like a young Ashley Judd in the last pic?

  3. Lori says:

    She is disappointingly thin…….WW should be a curvier woman.

  4. Secret Squirrel says:

    More like “Wonder Twig”. My lasso of truth says eat some carbs babe!
    And Batman Vs Superman? Who is the villain in that one??

  5. Tapioca says:

    Ahh, Wonder Woman, Amazonian super-woman – who can apparently be knocked over by a stiff breeze.

    At least Jessica Biel looked the part in Blade Trinity, even if she couldn’t act for s**t. Or Michelle Rodriguez in anything. I am tired of Hollywood casting men in super hero flicks who actually have to look fit and athletic – Thor, Captain America, Superman – and picking skinny models (or Scar-Jo’s out of shape ass) for the female characters, just ‘cos they’re pretty.

    In the UK at least we have a huge problem with getting girls to plays sports, and a big part of that is that toned, athletic bodies are seen as less attractive than skinny ones (with or without big boobs), so this would have been a great opportunity to show that athletic physiques can be attractive too, but whatever, humpf…

    • JWQ says:

      I honestly love you! Also, I would like for actresses to stop saying bullshit like “I had to train to look like I could hold my own in a fight!” and then having the body of a Victoria’ s Secret’ s model! You don’ t look like you can hold your own like that, you don’ t look believable in a fight scene! You’ r enot scaring anyone, nor you look badass! Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Christian Bale, Robert Downey Jr, probably Henry Cavill as well, had to bulk up and look like goddamn superheroes… this girl needs 30 pounds of muscle to look even remotely believable as Wonder Woman, and I can already bet my ass she will look like exactly like she looks now with maybe some CGI in her boobs!

      • locheed says:

        It totally ruins the suspension of disbelief for me when a toothpick-armed chick hits or kicks a big dude (200-250 lbs of muscle) and he flies across the room. Imagination cannot stray too far from physics, otherwise it’s just silly looking.

      • Florc says:

        yay for both of you!
        The internet was freaking out last night over this casting. She might be an ok actress, but she’s wrong for Wonder Woman. There isn’t enough padding and hair dye in the world to make her right for the role.
        She’s WW, Ben is Batman. Someone is trying to sink this film!

      • T.C. says:

        Exactly. All the guys were forced to bulk up in the marvel and DC films to look believable. What’s with the double standard about actresses in these films not looking like their characters from the comics? If Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Henry Cavill, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans can go on massive protein and exercise routines, so can the women. The fans on the web pressure the studios so women fans should do the same.

      • Florc says:

        TC
        Men and women bulk up differently. She can add muscle to her frame, but won’t take the shape fans have come to associate with Wonder Woman. It’s not a double standard. This girl can’t change her skeletal structure enough to be an amazon warrior.
        And after seeing her in FF6 that’s the least of her problems.

      • JWQ says:

        @ florc
        I don’ t watch the Fast and Furious movies, nor I plan to… is she that bad?

    • pirategirl says:

      Couldn’t have said it better Tapioca!!!! I’m a huge nerd and love superhero movies, but they are always picking the wrong actresses to play in these films.

    • Bridget says:

      Preaching to the choir here. Just once it would be nice to see a woman in an ass-kicking role look like someone that can really kick some ass! That was actually one of the things that I really enjoyed about Jennifer Garner back in the Alias days – she looked powerful. Granted, when she’d talk about the diet she’d have to be on to be ready to film, it’s obvious that it’s extremely difficult to balance ‘powerful’ and ‘skinny’

    • My Monkey says:

      I’d like to point out that Wonder Woman is supposed to be super human, which means it’s not quite as important for the actress to look like she can actually knock someone out. I mean, it would be nice, but not necessary.

      • JWQ says:

        We know the character has superpowers and that, technically, she doesn’ t need muscles, but not only we weren’ t talking of this specific character alone but in general, but Wonder Woman herself looks big! It’ s part of the character, she has to look tall and imposing! Super powers or not, she is an Amazon, she HAS to look like one, not a frail little thing who could be knocked down by a five years old boy! Cavill and Affleck are tall and big, if she wants to be even remotely noted in this movie, she has to stand out, and looking like this… she will not!

    • hally says:

      I would have loved to have a wonder woman with big, natural boobs. I don’t have any stats on how many girls quit sports because they grow breasts, but its a pretty big issue that doesn’t get talked about enough. Female athletes with large breasts (the rare ones that stick around after getting boobs) are encouraged to get reductions or remain painfully thin to prevent them from fully developing. Only recently have people really started studying how breasts move in motion and how to build functional clothing to support them, heck, didn’t our military only recently redesign its uniforms to better suit the female body?

      I would have loved to see a super curvy yet fit wonder woman, but I guess its ok because this movie will have its share of other problems *coughbatfflekcough*

      • JWQ says:

        It’ s like they’ re not even trying anymore! This movie will have three leads that are all kind of wrong for their roles (I can’ t stand Cavill, this girl, even though I still hope she will have some sort of makeover and will at least look the part, and Affleck)… and I don’ t even want to start with the director! Zack Snyder… bah!

  6. blue marie says:

    Other than needing to bulk up a bit I’m okay with the choice.

    • Anna says:

      She just seems so generic to me. I want ‘special.’ It will take ‘special’ to pull off the notoriously difficult WW adaptation.

      • Anna says:

        Zoe Saldana. She would be PERFECT. She could hold her own against Batfleck and SuperBland and then some.

      • D says:

        I would have been so happy had they cast Gina Torres. But because she’s too ‘old’ she was never really in the picture which honestly I think is bs. In my mind, Gina Torres is really the only woman who had it all: not only the physicality, but the spunk, as well as the grace and on top of that she’s just a general bad ass who can seriously act. I know people talk about the other Gina, Gina Carano but i’m so happy she was not cast. If you want to play the card that Gal Gidot is too thin, then Carano is too short and just not at all the sort of talent I equate with Wonder Woman. How great would it have been to have someone like Torres? Ok i’ll stop now.

      • Grant says:

        Picking Gina Torres or Zoe Saldana as Wonder Woman would have been a huge slap in the face to the fans who have made WW such a beloved fan favorite because these women look NOTHING like Wonder Woman. You might as well pick Beyonce to play WW; she would probably make a better choice aesthetically because she’s thick and well-muscled but still … NOT WONDER WOMAN. If you’re not going to respect the comic canon–where she has black hair, blue eyes, and white skin–don’t even bother casting her. There are plenty of fabulous black super-heroines like Vixen, Thunder, Rocket or Storm, Captain Marvel/Photon, and Misty Knight in Marvel that would be great to see on screen. Wonder Woman is not one of them. Gina Torres as Storm? Now I’m titillated. That would be a great match.

        Sorry to rant, but I’m a rabid WW superfan. WW is part of the symbolic trinity that forms the backbone of DC Comics (the other complementing pieces of the triumvirate being Batman and Superman). If producers and casting agents aren’t going to respect the rich, vibrant medium that forms the basis for this beloved, ICONIC character, I’d prefer that they refrain from bothering in the first place. Butchering Catwoman by casting Halle Berry was enough.

      • D says:

        @Grant. Okay, I can understand your opinion. Honest question- is there any actress that you see who would embody everything the comic book character represents? Not a suggestion such as an actress if only they were younger, but someone who is in the right age range to play it. Would be interested to know if you truly think there is someone who could satisfy all criteria.

      • Marty says:

        @Grant- you need to take all the seats right now because you sound ignorant as hell. For your information Linda Carter isn’t white, she’s Hispanic and she played Wonder Woman.

        And are you seriously complaining about people just TALKING about a PoC in tradionally white roles? Seriously?! How about we look at all the famous minority roles that have white people in them. Like most recently Katiness from The Hunger Games. Where’s your whining about that!

      • T.C. says:

        “If you want to play the card that Gal Gidot is too thin, then Carano is too short and just not at all the sort of talent I equate with Wonder Woman”

        Gina Carano is around 5′ 10″. That’s tall. Agree she is a bad actress.

      • Kate says:

        Grant,
        Several years ago there was an internet rumor of Beyonce playing WW. Beyonce can’t act nor talk. Recently I discovered Wonder Woman had a sister, Nubia. Hopefully if that character is cast, she’ll look like a Nubian princess instead of Hollywood’s version of black beauty (Halle, Beyonce).

      • D says:

        @ T. C.

        Carano is actually 5’8″ Her build gives the impression of a taller woman. But as you said, she can’t act.

      • Aly says:

        Zoe Saldana?! LOL

        No way. If this chick is too skinny than Zoe is as well. She looks like a skeleton at times. Plus I’ve never been much impressed by her acting. At all.

        Someone mentioned Michelle Rodriguez…now her I could get behind as Wonder Woman.

      • Anna says:

        To add to Marty’s point, Grant –

        White actors have and are taking over ‘ethnic’ characters all the time. You dont even need to go into the decades past, blackface and yellowface and all (um, white posh Brit Lawrence Olivier playing a black Moor Othello?). How about Ben Affleck playing Tony Mendez in Argo; Johnny Depp as an Indian in Lone Ranger; Jake Gyllenghaal playing a Persian in that Disney flick; Jennifer Connelly playing Salvadorean Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind; Jolie playing a half-Cuban with African roots? That’s all in the last decade or so. But an ethnically mixed woman – one of the few actresses with name recognition, box-office track record and actual credibility as a butt-kicking heroine? Oh heavens no!

        Most big-name superheroes are white because the system that produced them was (and remains) predominantly white. At the end of the day we’re talking about fictional characters whose defining qualities – good and bad – are not rooted in their skin color.

        ETA – if you’re so attached to proper WW mythology: wasn’t she an Amazon? So, basically, Middle Eastern? Chew on THAT.

      • Anna says:

        @Aly –

        Despite her frame, she actually pulls off action really well in Colombiana. Her personality gives her the presence that the body is lacking. I think MR definitely has the physical component, but the woman is a charisma vacuum and wooden as a box as an actress.

      • Aly says:

        See, I thought Colombiana was terrible. Her being a kickass assassin was highly unbelievable to me. I find her charismatic and fun in real life, but never in her films. I liked her acting in Star Trek and enjoyed her in center stage. That’s about it.

        MR on the other hand I find to be a great actress. Ever seen Girl Fight? She can act. And I’ve always thought she was charismatic in her films. Letty is one of my favorite female characters. She was just as badass as the guys and you believed it.

        Anyways, just my opinion. We can agree to disagree I guess. It happens :)

      • Kate says:

        @Anna
        I took an African History class and we studied the Dahomey Amazon. They were an all female regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey which is now the present day Republic of Benin, West Africa. Also to add to your point there was also the argument about Cleopatra’s ethnicity. Her sister’s skull was found and scientist said she definitely had an African skull. Of course Hollywood will never portray her accurately.

        Let’s not even talk about the blonde /blue eyes Jesus

        I like Colombiana (different strokes for different folks), the character was more than brute force. She used her brain. Remember as a child when her Uncle shot out a car window and told her, you have to go to school, she had to learn. Of course I think Zoe would have been a horrible WW. Hollywood already casted her as Nina Simone, darken her skin and gave her a fake nose SMH.

        Side note, wonder if they would ever cast an American as James Bond.

      • Anna says:

        @Marty – I swoon. So much love for you!
        @Aly – I agree she was good in Girl Fight. I have no idea what happened to THAT girl ;-) . Also, STOP THE PRESSES – there was ACTING going on in the Fast Furious movies? Holy Mother! xoxoxo I do mean it all in good humor :-D

        @Kate –
        1-That’s very interesting about the African Amazons. I havent heard – will go attack Wiki promptly :) But even for the sake of this argument, WW is the Greek Mythology Amazon, and they were presumed to be from Asia Minor = Turkey. Not quite white American, huh.
        2-Interesting question on Bond. I think Bond is a quintessentially British character, and one that interacts a fair bit with his American counterparts, and also a ‘real world’-based one, so I think the faking bit would be rather obvious/jarring. That said, I can totally see a black Bond or a south Asian Bond even a female Bond – as long as there’s that Authentic UK/MI6 connection.

      • hally says:

        @kate

        Cleopatra was not “African”, whatever that scientist means by that (African is a pretty general description, that could look like anything). Her family was not even Egyptian, the Ptolemies were Macedonian, so white Europeans really. But you’re right, Hollywood will never portray her accurately, the real Cleo was nothing like Elizabeth Taylor, she was petite and not exquisitely beautiful like legend claims, with a large nose that would certainly get her sent to the plastic surgeons office if she landed in LA today. It would be totally awesome if they tried to cast a Cleopatra movie with accuracy, but i’m not holding my breath. sorry to be a nerd but i dislike spreading misinformation.

      • Kate says:

        Hally,
        IMO whenever people discuss the race (color)of people in the pass.; I think they’re looking at how people look now (if that makes sense).

        This was a BBC series that’s fairly new. They took DNA from Cleopatra’s sister skull and said she had “African” ancestry. Cleopatra and her siblings had the same parents. When I think of her hue, we’re talking about a person thousands of years ago before all the intermingling of various races.

        I remember an Egyptology Professor describing it like this. Americans are black, white, asian, latino etc but the “Native Americans” were Indians. Egyptians come in different hues but the “Ancient Egyptians” were black.

        you’re not being a nerd, it’s all good

        Now if only Hollywood would cast Jesus correctly. At least he’s finally getting some melanin in the skin.

  7. Jessica says:

    No offense, but I don’t like that she isn’t American. Wonder Woman was originally made as like a female, DC version of Captain America in that she was all about Americana and anti-Nazi in the original comic series-even though she’s an Amazon. All you need to do is look at her outfit to see how Americana the character is-red and blue, stars. So while its cool that a non-white, non-American is getting work as an actress, this iconic role is not the place to screw around in the name of “diversity”.

    Also, Wonder Woman is a tall, muscular, voluptuous woman. This Gadot person is too damn frail.

    Bad casting choice. I’m sad now. I really like the Wonder Woman character and wanted her to be awesome and get her own movie. Now it looks like she’s just going to suck.

  8. V4Real says:

    I heard about this yesterday and was like I hope she has some awesome push up bras. Before anyone try to discipline me Wonder Woman is supposed to have curves, Badot, while a beautiful woman does not. WB and DC fails again.

  9. Dani2 says:

    She’s very pretty but I don’t see Wonder Woman at all.

  10. Mar says:

    She is a cross of a young Ashley Judd, Kelly Brooks and a dash of Portman

  11. Neffie says:

    was she in the Fast and Furious movies also?

  12. Violeta says:

    From Batman trilogy to Superman to godawful Green Lantern… looks like DC really can’t get their female characters casting right … AT ALL!!!!

  13. Jade says:

    Aw come on, most actors cast in action movies will bulk up so maybe she will surprise us. I liked her short presence in the fnf franchise and she looks good though I was surprised at the choice. Physically, I can think of women like Nigella Lawson (yes she doesn’t act but it’s fun to think about), Cobie Smulders (too bad she’s in the Avengers franchise), Katy Perry with less boobs more shoulders, Kate Beckinsale, Emily Deschanel…

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Once again, the focus is on a woman’s weight.
      *sigh*

      She’s gorgeous and let’s give her a chance before we cast her aside because she doesn’t fit our notion of what Wonder Woman *should* look like.

      • Secret Squirrel says:

        Its not often a role comes up that suits a strong curvy woman so when one does and they cast yet another slimmer than slim starlet into the role, it just makes the whole industry a joke. I can’t comment on Gadot’s acting as I haven’t seen her in anything, but the backstory to Wonder Woman is that she is Amazonian and tall and strong, making her a suitable challenger for fighting evil. Hardly something a slip of a woman like Gadot inspires. Perhaps she can bulk up for the role and prove me wrong. I don’t mind apologizing if I am indeed misrepresenting her acting skills and physical capabilities.

      • Jade says:

        Hi TOK, I didn’t know my post came across as harping on her weight. I think she is gorgeous as she is and she should be given a chance. Wonder Woman does have a look whether we like it or not. The actor has to at least look similar to the character, yes? After the movie wraps, then they can go back to whatever they are comfortable as.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        No, I was agreeing with you, Jade. I should have started with a “plus one” first. My point was supposed to be an add-on to your original comment. Men lose weight all the time to suit a role and men also put on weight to suit a role. It’s become quite commonplace in Hollywood so instead of condemning the girl based on her appearance, let’s give her a chance first.

        The truth is that Hollywood is FULL of rail-thin actresses—it’s pretty much the norm—it might not be so simple to find a curvy woman that’s just right for the role.
        Anyway, there seems to be a lot of negativity in the comments for this woman, based solely on her appearance. Not cool.

      • Andrea says:

        I think this is a tough subject that people have to weigh carefully. On the one hand, I totally agree that the body shaming and the excessive focus on appearance for women in these films is obsessive and upsetting. And I don’t agree with body shaming.

        On the other hand…..I get it. Wonder Woman had been transformed into a lot of things she’s NOT supposed to be over the years by men who view her as a sex object and don’t understand the point of her story at all. DC’s current handling of the character on all fronts is enough to drive you to drink. So I do ::get:: why some people look at the casting of a literal supermodel and just feel a total and complete disconnect here. Bc in the end it just winds up reaffirming the same limiting things we are taught as women about beauty.

      • Algernon says:

        For me the issue is that while men are regularly expected to bulk up for superhero roles, women are not. If anything, they are expected to slim down to fit into whatever ludicrous catsuit makes up their costume. I’m doubtful that Gal Gadot will be encouraged to add any weight at all, especially with that horndog misogynist Zack Snyder at the helm. We’ve seen what he does with female superheroes already, and it’s pretty gross. I will hope for something better than he’s done before, but I am also preparing myself for the worst, which is that Wonder Woman will just be some T&A for the fanboys. People harped on ScarJo’s weight in The Avengers, but at least she had an actual physical presence which made her fighting scenes more convincing (ditto for Hayley Atwell in Captain America). Gal Gadot may turn out to be a great actress who totally pulls it off, but her casting seems pretty in line with Zack Snyder’s previous handling of female superheroes, which is not encouraging.

      • INeedANap says:

        I don’t think people are hating on her looks per se, they’re just saying that WW is supposed to be a strong fighter, and while this actress is lovely she does not look like she can hold her own in a physical fight with a man. It’s not so much commentary on the actress, as it is a commentary on the myopic casting in Hollywood. She looks like she has the build that can take on quite a bit of muscle weight, so I agree we should give her the chance to bulk up for the part.

      • T.C. says:

        @The Original Kitten,

        Have you ever read the comments when guys are cast for superhero movies who don’t look big enough? The male fans attack. They force the studio into making sure the actor bulks up. Why should it be any different for female superheroes? If the internet doesn’t react, they will think it’s O.K. This is not sexism . We want equal treatment for both genders of superheroes.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        All fair points. I guess I just think we should take the wait-and-see approach. Maybe she’ll surprise us you know? I feel for her, being a relative unknown, stepping into the shoes of an iconic character like Wonder Woman when there’s already an overwhelming amount of people who think she’s not right for the part, solely based on her appearance.

        Maybe I don’t fully understand it because I’ve never been invested in the common opinion that actors need to fully match the physical attributes of an iconic character or person (thinking Michelle Williams as Monroe) they’re playing on film. Personally, I think the affectations, mannerisms, and screen presence, sometimes physicality and athleticism, depending on the character are more important than an exact physical resemblance.

        Anyway, my point wasn’t meant to shame anyone for giving their opinion and I don’t think these comments are sexist, just a little unfair that’s all.

    • Steff says:

      OMG I was totally thinking Emily dechanel too! Remember that episode of bones where she’s WW for Halloween!? She would b epic, or Megan fox but she’s too small.. Orr… Me! Me me me pick me!!

  14. Sisi says:

    I still have doubts about Zach Snyder and female heroines.
    Silk Spectre and all the Suckerpunch girls were all made to do the exact same tiresome poses in the movies to the point it became an eyesore, like this http://31.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ln1rgxjrRI1qzysa3o1_500.gif

    and this

    http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_lmzz1jL8jy1qju82go1_500.gif

    or when they jump onto the train, and when Jena does it again 2 minutes later, and about ten other moments in that movie.
    and when silk spektre jumps into the burning building, and onto the prison, and inside the prison.

    Why would I think that he would treat Wonder Woman any differently?

    btw Snyder only makes the women kneel. Superman has such a crouch (1 in the entire movie) and wasn’t on his knees, Night Owl had one similar pose and wasn’t on his knees. They stay on their feet.

    ugh.

    sorry for my rant -_-

  15. yeahright says:

    She’s so gorgeous! Im sure they can make her look curvier than she is!

  16. Adrien says:

    I’ve only seen her in Fast and Furious movies and Date Night. I could never imagine her as an amazonian woman. She’s so thin and looks like a model. I wanted Jaimie Alexander to get the part but oh well. Gal is not a bad casting choice.

  17. Celia says:

    Wonder Woman is not American and I never expected them to cast one since they’ll want Diana to have a slight accent to remind the audience of that.

    I’ve been waiting for WW to get her movie for years but the casting has just increased my fear that WW isn’t getting her own movie and will be a supporting player for the men. Bleurgh.

    I don’t have a problem with going for an unknown, but couldn’t they find a foreign actress unknown to the public with major acting experience in their own country or at least theatrical training? She is neither trained, nor has any major dramatic experience and her cv basically consists of roles where she’s eye candy for the male audience. I’ll give her a shot, but I have a bad experience about the whole thing which sucks since I can’t feel genuine excitement about seeing another female superhero on screen. :(

    • sputnik says:

      i’m in full agreement with the first part. but zak snyder in control is a much bigger problem for me than how experienced this actress is.

    • Andrea says:

      The casting is honestly the least of the problems with this. Introing her in a movie with two male heroes makes me cringe. She deserves her own movie and I’m terrified that they are going to do something stupid that they can never ever take back like make her a love interest for Batman or Superman thereby totally undercutting the whole point of this character for an entire generation. The casting is the least of this film’s problems.

      • Anna says:

        Let’s be honest.WB will invest millions to the WW film and WW is not the easiest to adapt to the big screen…a little boost from the big boys is needed before she heads to her own movie.Especially now that an unknown actress has been cast.

  18. Miss M says:

    “I’m not sure how I feel about a non-American playing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, but other than that…”

    I don’t know why this would be a problem. If she can act, she will deliver it. Would it bother you if a Brit played Wonder woman? Come on!

  19. Christina says:

    Wonder Woman was not from America…so her being “not American” is irrelevant. As for her body…she will most likely train with Mark Twight , just like Henry Cavill did. If anyone saw MOS they know what a physical transformation Henry made. This girl did military service & has done some action style movies..so I am sure she will pick up quickly. She is certainly pretty enough. The fact that she is a lesser known name is probably a good thing. Not as many ppl will have certain expectations one way or the other. I am ok with her and hope she does the role justice.

    • Miss M says:

      “Wonder Woman was not from America…so her being “not American” is irrelevant.”

      Thank you.

    • Samtha says:

      Thank you, re: the American thing! Having her played by an American actress would actually make less sense.

    • Florc says:

      But WW was from a long line of strong women. This girl can be padded up all she likes where there is a costume to cover, but her limbs might still be very thin. And I truly doubt her frame will bulk up to the point she should be at for the role. That’ll make it hard for most people to believe this girl is a stong amazon princess.
      Most people have a set image of what WW looks like from comics, Linda Carter, or Gina Carano. Only her because there were whispers about her in the role for so long.

      The girl might be a good actress, but she just doesn’t look the part and it would be a stretch to think she’ll gain weight and bulk up the proper amout for it. Sadly, I think we’ll have a frail looking WW who was mostly cast because she was thin and pretty.

      Side note. And it’s not like Snyder is awesome at making comics/graphic novels into movies. He’ll very likely butcher this one too.

      • Ely says:

        Dear lord, carter wasn’t bulk AT ALL. Putting her in the same level of fitness as Gina is just ridiculous.

      • Kate says:

        The “whispers” were probably from Carano’s camp and fans. Besides she thought Wonder Woman came from a freaking planet

        Ely I don’t think Florc was comparing Lynda Carter to Carano. She was just stating how people thought Wonder Woman should look. Carano was on some “wish list” for WW but I think her fans were only looking at her martial arts talent.

      • Florc says:

        Kate thank you.
        Gal honestly looks like a hundred other thin brunettes out there. Nothing sets her apart. The WW costume is small. They can pad this girl up all they like, but i’ll still be watching a very thin girl toss guys around. This is a hard sell. And judging from her acting in F&F they didn’t hire her because she nailed the lines.

    • Anna says:

      Henry Cavill aside,Antje Traue also went through training…and she was just a minor/supporting character.Though,Faora was such a bad-ass.Now that i’m thinking about it,Antje would make an awesome Wonder Woman,Stunning lady.Maybe recast?

  20. mikhail says:

    isn’t that the chic who died in fast &furious 6?
    she can def kick ass!

  21. Jay says:

    Why would it be a big deal that a non-American is playing Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman…isn’t American. Like, not even slightly. In the comic book canon, she’s either Amazonian or an alien. Casting a non-American actress makes perfect sense.

  22. Lesley says:

    Well they have an Aussie playing a Nordic god, so having an Israeli playing an American superhero can’t be any different.

  23. aquarius64 says:

    Jaimie Alexander blew her chances for Wonder Woman. I wonder if Marvel will make her pay fpr pandering to a rival comic bopk franchise?

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      No and I’m tired of seeing this. There have been actors that were in Marvel films that later went on to appear in DC films. Alexander still has Thor 3 so they won’t let her out of that contract. After Thor 3 she’s free to run back and forth between DC or Marvel if she so chooses.

      • aquarius64 says:

        I only ask the question because Marvel Studios is earning a rep for hosing their actors who star in their CBM’s. I also remember an interview JA did during her Wonder Woman hype where she said she didn’t need to wear the spandex to be a b@d @ss heroine. Either she got the bad news she was out of the running or Marvel gave her a talking to. What a shame…she is physically right for the role. Lynda Carter is 6’1″. Gadot needs to hit the gym like the guys to be believable IMO.

  24. Megan says:

    Michelle Rodriguez would have been my pick. Beautiful, great curves, spunky, and you know she can play the kick ass role like no ones business. They already had the first Wonder Woman be played by a Latina, so why not again?

    Oh well. This girl isn’t bad. Very pretty, but while I don’t think she looks unhealthy or anything, she is much to skinny and fragile looking for how I imagined Diana Prince.

  25. Karen81 says:

    JA deal with Marvel nixes her of playing any DC character especially a major one.

    I think Gallot will do a very good job but I still think Gina Carano was a better choice.

  26. LadySlippers says:

    Totally off topic but wanted to point out something. All Israeli’s do serve for a period of time in the military unless they use the religious waiver (or some other waiver). However the time requirement is different for men and women. Israeli men serve for three years and Israeli women serve for two. You had written that all of them serve for two and that is incorrect.

    Thanks. :-)

    • Dani says:

      Actually, not all men serve 3 years. Some serve more or less, depending on their ranking. I know this because I’m Israeli and was supposed to serve in the army but was in the process of becoming an American citizen and was able to get it waived. It’s also not a religious waiver because a lot of orthodox men and even women have and still do serve. You only get it waived if you’re mentally incompetent or have an illness of some sort that makes you unable to do basic functions. A lot of women who serve work in the offices and other various safe outlets, as opposed to battle. It really depends heavily on which rank you’re put in, and how well you train. Golani’s (men usually) serve 3-4 years, and even come back after. Women can serve 6 months to a year (mandatory) and can serve more if they want to.

      • LadySlippers says:

        Really? Here in the American Jewish community we hear about those religious waivers and whether or not they should be allowed! Lol. Just shows though what one country focuses on to report might not be the entire story.

        Todah Robah for the info. Chag Sameach as well! :-)

      • Meredith says:

        Does anyone know exactly what she did in the IDF? I have trouble believing that they would put a former Miss Israel in harm’s way. It just wouldn’t be good public relations. But I am impressed by her military service (and her not taking the Bar Rafael way out) – that shows a lot of character on her part.

      • Dani says:

        It CAN happen once in a blue moon that you get it waived due to religious reasons, but most of the time it’s because the women are already married with kids or pregnant, even at 16. The orthodox community in Israel let’s their girls get married as young as 15 (as well as in America – so long as it’s okay with the girl) so you do have to factor that in. I think she did a lot of work in their offices (majority of females do) but they also do train them to use weapons etc. just in case. She was Miss America after she served.

        En beadma, and chag sameach to you too!

  27. toto says:

    The only actress i can see as wonder woman , shape, attitude and face is Jenifer Lawrence.. she reminds me alot of Linda carter features.

  28. nicegirl says:

    Do you think as Wonder Woman she will have blue eyes, in the film? cute gal

  29. Dommy Dearest says:

    DC hate live action film that isn’t Batman.
    That’s what I’ve decided with the sequel casting.
    They should go ahead and call the film the Justice League. I read that Barry Allen is maybe going to appear in it as well.

    Snyder KNEW the film was going to tank- that’s the only reason he’s pulling out other names to join the film. Haven’t seen Man of Steel and won’t be watching the sequel. Nope nope nope. This actress is NOT Wonder Woman.

  30. Kim1 says:

    Jolie gained weight for Lara Croft.Her arms were similar to this actress in Girl Interrupted,Gone in 60 seconds,Bone Collector.This actress can wear padded bra.

  31. Tyler says:

    This girl is pretty but I think Jamie Alexander would have been a better choice.

  32. madpoe says:

    wonder where her amazon boobs are? the invisible plane?
    why does hollywood insist on casting stick figures to play heroines?
    I can’t wrap my brain around how this *tho pretty* woman would have the strength to swat a fly let alone tumble with the likes of batman and superman.

  33. Ely says:

    Lol at the posters that wanted an ~American actress lol they waned the same tanned white chick with light eyes.
    The fit and bulky actresses they’re talking about don’t exist, the only one that comes to mind is Gina c and Michelle r and neither can act. Jessica biel is skinny too.
    She looks more fit and that can kick more ass than twig arm, big tits and 22 waist Carter.

  34. koobook says:

    “I’m not sure how I feel about a non-American playing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman”

    Wonder Woman isn’t American. That’s laid out very clearly in the comics and the old tv series with Linda Carter. For the show, she leaves Paradise Island after Steve Trevor crashes there and decides to help with the war against the Nazis (and then in series 2 & 3, communism). While Hippolyte advocates for her to stay out of the fray because it’s not her country. But Wonder Woman’s origins are in Greek legends and there are never any oblique references to the stars on her skirt representing the American flag. The eagle is a nod to Greek and Roman mythology.

    Cavill is English. Did you object to him being Superman? No. He did great. No one complained that Hemsworth (an Australian) was Thor. Christian Bale’s from the UK, but he was ascceptable as Batman. Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow is Russian and she was played by Scarlett Johannson in The Avengers. It’s fine for Gal Gadot to be Wonder Woman.

  35. The Original Mia says:

    I liked Gal in the Fast & Furious movies, but I could not give a f*ck about the disaster that will be Superman vs. Batman. Why in the world can’t we get a standalone film for Wonder Woman? Why does she have to be a co-star in the pissing match between Superman & Batman?

  36. Anna says:

    ” I’m not sure how I feel about a non-American playing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman”

    I can understand why people were complaining when Henry Cavill got Superman (though,right now,i will deny to see anyone else in the role as i thought that Henry was terrific) but the arguement does not make sense for wonder woman.Wonder Woman is Greek.A descendant of the greek gods.She lives in an islan in the Mediterranean sea.And,frankly,that’s why i’m ok with Gadot having a heavy accent.

    Also she is a skilled Krav Maga fighter.Now i don’t know what Krav Maga is but some fans always post it as an arguement when they defend Gadot…so i guess it’s good!And i really don’t understand why people are bitching about Gadot being “skinny”.There is enough time for Gadot to bulk up.Her role here is probably just a cameo…so it won’t even matter until the character get her solo film.But ,for what is worth,if she won’t bulk up i will join the haters camp.WW is supposed to be curvy.Not a victory secret model.

    The one thing i’m worried though is acting.There is nothing out there so i can pass judgment.At least,with Affleck there were countless movies to get furious over about Affleck playing Batman but with Gadot there;s nothing.I have seen Fast and Furious but the roles in these movies don;t require particual acting skills.Even Miley Cyrus can pull these roles off..Ok ,maybe not Miley Cyrus….but you get the point!

  37. Feebee says:

    I really hope looks are deceiving because she looks like she couldn’t punch her way out of a paper bag.

    Some assistance can be given via costuming but she’s going to have to hit the gym. I mean I don’t expect Thor-like but hell, Loki-wisp just won’t do. My first impression is disappointment because she doesn’t have the sort of presence Lynda Carter had.

  38. Liv says:

    Wasn’t Linda Carter pretty skinny Aldo when she played WW back in the day?

  39. tar says:

    What the … ? Sure she’s pretty, but Wonder Woman is an Amazon, hell she’s the freakin’ princess of the Amazons. They are warriors, this girl is a waif. She better start mainlining protein shakes – STAT.

  40. SuSu says:

    wow in the first picture she looks like Morena Baccarin… with a little bit Ashley Judd. Beautiful!

    I don´t get why Hollywood always portrays female warriors and Amazons so “fragile” in movies. Scared of strong women?
    They not even get a movie of their own… only pretty, half-naked sidekicks :-(

  41. kelly says:

    ” I’m not sure how I feel about a non-American playing Diana Prince/Wonder Woman…”

    HOW could you POSSIBLY say that? You do know that Wonder Woman isn’t American either right?

    :sigh:

  42. chrissy says:

    Total WW fan and I have to say I’m pretty unimpressed. However I’ll loiter in the wait and see camp for now.

  43. Caz says:

    WW’s invisible plane had better be very very good. We don’t want another “sparkly vampire” CGI mess!

  44. Amy says:

    Errr isn’t Heath Ledger Australian? He played the Joker. Christian Bale is British and played Batman. Henry Cavill is also British and will play Superman in the movie. Cillian Murphy who is Irish played Scarecrow. Plenty of superheroes/villains have been played by non-Americans recently. These are all iconic roles and they have all been played by Americans/non-Americans alike. Having Wonder Woman played by a non-American does not bother me in the least.

  45. Val says:

    I’m Israeli and I also think she is not right for that part. Regardless of how “American” the original WW looked (she was not) her skin color or ethnicity does not matter in this case. Gal is just a really bad casting choice. She does not personify what I envisioned WW would look like. Overall, I hope she does a decent job, even though I’m torn about this like most Israelis who agree she is too rail thin. Hopefully this is not a major flop!

  46. Emily C. says:

    Wonder Woman is supposed to be Greek, so her not being American is not a problem in the slightest.

    Her physique is a serious problem. She looks like a gentle breeze could blow her over. This is even a worse choice than Affleck for Batman. This movie is going to be a massive trainwreck.

  47. Jana says:

    I love how everyone talks about how Gal needs to bulk up, but no one ever complains that Linda Carter was rather thin/not muscly when she was Wonder Woman.