News broke yesterday that not only was Diana Prince/Wonder Woman going to be in Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman feature, but she’d actually been cast. Actress Gal Gadot, seen above, landed the part, leaving everyone to ask…who?
Even as an avid fan of the Fast and Furious franchise, I didn’t know her by name, just as “that supermodel looking Israeli girl dating the Asian guy” in the last few Fast and Furious movies. She was (spoilers) killed off in the last movie, as was her beau Han, and now she’s free to move on to bigger projects. Way bigger, from the looks of it.
On first glance, you’d never peg her as Wonder Woman, which is why the casting decision seems so controversial. Wonder Woman is traditionally thought of as black-haired, blue-eyed and curvy. Gadot may be gorgeous, but I wouldn’t say she fits that description (though it depends which picture of her you’re looking at for that last category). And while superheroes have changed over the years from casting to costumes, they generally still look like how you’d imagine them to, see Cavill’s Superman or even Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. But Gadot? It seems like an odd fit.
Further interesting is the fact that she’s Israeli, and has a fairly pronounced accent. I’m not sure if she’ll Americanize herself for the role, or just be pretending all Amazonians talk like they’re from Israel.
I think we don’t know enough about Gadot or Snyder/Nolan’s vision for her character to make a judgement call on whether she’ll be right for the part or not. As cool as someone like Gina Carano is, I understand not wanting to give the part to her as though she’s tough and beautiful and looks the part, I don’t think she has the charisma necessary for the part or the subsequent franchise.
Really, we don’t actually know what’s going on with DC movies from here. Will Affleck’s Batman be given his own film after this? Will Gadot’s Wonder Woman, as she’s supposed to have only a small part in the upcoming crossover? Or are we leaping straight into JLA after this?
What do you make of Gadot’s casting?