After years of rumors, numerous announcements and scrapped projects, Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen.
On Wednesday, Warner Bros. Pictures announced on their official Facebook page that actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman vs. Batman film. Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele Yahar in Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Fast & Furious 6, beating out heavily rumored Jaimie Alexander (Lady Sif in the Thor films) for the role.
Gadot joins stars Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent) and Ben Affleck (Batman/Bruce Wayne) in the highly anticipated sequel to 2013’s summer blockbuster, Man of Steel. Known as the “Trinity” by fans of DC Comics, this will mark the first time that Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman will appear on a live action screen.
The significance of Gadot’s role for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel is currently unknown. Up to this point, DC and Warner Bros. have promoted the film as focusing on Superman and Batman meeting for the first time. With Gadot’s casting, it’s speculated she will appear in a brief cameo. However, there is also speculation that her casting could mean that the next film won’t be a Superman vs Batman film, but a film with a potential Superman/Batman/Wonder Woman team up.
The success of Marvel’s The Avengers has pressed DC Comics to answer with a Justice League film. The announcement of Batman and Wonder Woman in the next film indicates Warner Bros. may be trying to up the ante and get a Justice League film out within the next five years.
Gadot will become the first actress to play Wonder Woman on screen since Lynda Carter. Carter portrayed Wonder Woman/Diana Prince on television from 1975-1979. The series lasted three seasons and produced 59 episodes, airing its first season on ABC and finishing its run on CBS.
Carter and Gadot are not the only individuals to portray a live action Wonder Woman. Ellie Wood Walker and Linda Harrison were cast as Diana and Wonder Woman in a 1967 pilot called Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince, which never aired. The first live action Wonder Woman was a 1974 TV film called Wonder Woman, starring Cathy Lee Crosby as a new take on the character. ABC attempted another pilot with Carter in 1975, which resulted in the television series.
Most recently, in 2011, NBC ordered a Wonder Woman pilot from writer-producer David E. Kelley. The pilot starred Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Though the pilot was filmed, NBC passed on the project and it never aired. Despite the pilot not airing on television, it can be found on the internet in its entirety.
The CW television network has also announced development of Amazon, a Wonder Woman origin series. Currently, the project is on hold. It is unknown how Gadot’s casting in the DC Cinematic films will affect the series.