Official: Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman

Gal Gadot in Fast and Furious 6 (2013) Movie ImageSay hello to your new Wonder Woman — “Fast and Furious” star Gal Gadot.

The Israeli model turned actress made a name for herself when she appeared in 2009’s “Fast & Furious”, then followed that up with “Fast Five” in 2011 and more recently, “Fast and Furious 6” earlier this year. Fans of the franchise already knows what happened to her character, gun-toting badass and Han-lovin’ Gisele.

Don’t cry for Gal Gadot, though — she’s just given up one franchise for another. The actress has now landed the coveted role of Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman vs. Superman”, after being one of a handful of actresses rumored for the role not all that long ago.

Says Snyder about the casting:

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.

Gadot joins Ben Affleck as Batman, with Henry Cavill reprising Superman from “Man of Steel”. The plot of “Batman vs. Superman” is still unknown, but given the “versus” in the title, I’m guessing there will be some clashing before the two superheroes team up against a common foe. You know, pretty traditional comic book team-up scenario.

Wonder Woman by Alex Ross

Casting Gadot is a good move if Warner Bros. expects her to continue in the role for some time. She’s only in her late 20s now, and will be 30 when the film finally opens on July 17, 2015. That leaves plenty of time for a couple of “Wonder Woman” solo movies, not to mention, of course, the D.C. superhero team-up “Justice League” film that Warner Bros. is, no doubt, itching to get made thanks to the success of Marvel’s “The Avengers”.

But what do you think about Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, boys and girls? It’s actually curious they’ve decided to go with the “exotic” angle for Wonder Woman. I’ve seen the character in a lot of TV shows (animated and live-action), and I don’t think she was ever treated as a “foreigner”, if you know what I mean. But everyone they were testing for the role had very overt accents. Interesting way to go, I guess.

Gal Gadot in Fast Five (2011) Movie Image