By Alejandro Freixes, CCNN Head Writer
The Man of Steel sequel, currently called Batman vs. Superman, is starting to get a little crowded. While rumors of the Flash, Night Wing, and Wonder Woman joining Henry Cavill’s Superman onscreen have been floating around a while, director Zack Snyder confirmed today that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman.
Gal Ga-who? Well, the 28-year-old model and ex-Israeli army soldier has only appeared in a handful of smaller roles, most notably as a love interest in the 4th, 5th, and 6th Fast and Furious movies. If she nails the Wonder Woman role, it could launch her career into the big leagues.
Many DC Comics fans are a bit nervous about whether or not the 5’8″, 110-pound Gadot can pull off the tall, Amazon warrior princess character, but others are keeping an open mind. After all, who would have guessed that Heath Ledger would be such an amazing Joker in The Dark Knight?
This isn’t the first controversial casting decision for the Man of Steel sequel, either, because the internet howled with protest when Ben Affleck was chosen for the role of Batman. If you think about it, though, the non-Bale version of the Dark Knight is supposed to be an older and wiser Bruce Wayne. Who better to burn with smoldering seriousness than Affleck, the man responsible for creating and starring in ultra-serious movies like Argo and The Town?
Honestly, I’ll say it again – ever since Ledger completely pulled off sheer genius as the Joker, I’ll reserve judgement until Snyder gets a chance to show the finished product.
Speaking of Snyder, he’s well aware of how important Wonder Woman is to the DC universe, and has full confidence in Gal’s ability to own the character. He explained, “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.”
Hopefully, they don’t add too many characters to the mix. After all, it’s going to take some skilled juggling to give Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman enough development time for audiences to become emotionally invested. If the Flash, Night Wing, and more make an appearance, it’ll get shallow really fast.
I mean, it’s kind of already feeling like the movie title should just be Justice League, as DC Comics rushes to catch up to Marvel’s Avengers. Unlike Marvel, though, they don’t seem to be taking their time giving each character their own flick.
Maybe DC’s strategy is a reverse order version of what Avengers did. Hook audiences with appetizers in the Man of Steel sequel, get them excited for standalone flicks, and then give “Batfleck” and “Wonder Gal” their own cinema debuts.
Images courtesy of DC Comics.