‘Batman vs. Superman’ Announces Wonder Woman Casting and Comic Book Inspiration

‘Batman vs. Superman’ Announces Wonder Woman Casting and Comic Book Inspiration

Great news, Wonder Woman fans: “Fast & Furious 6” star Gal Gadot will play the beloved, lasso-wielding superhero in the “Man of Steel” sequel starring Ben Affleck, Variety reports (via Tor.com).

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” director Zack Snyder said in a statement. “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.”

It’s taken a long time for Wonder Woman to get to the big screen; for most fans, Lynda Carter’s 1970s-era TV portrayal of the Amazonian princess is really the only one worth remembering. (Let’s not talk about David E. Kelley’s failed Wonder Woman TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki–and we’ve given up our dream of Joss Whedon making a Wonder Woman movie.)

Gadot will join Superman ( Henry Cavill) and Batman (Affleck), plus a few other rumored members of the Justice League. But what will the movie–as yet untitled, but referred to among fans as “Batman vs. Superman”–actually be about? Warner Bros. producer Daniel Alter hinted on Twitter that villain Doomsday would play a major part:

Doomsday first appeared in the 1992 comic book arc “The Death of Superman,” when the mindless killing machine and the Last Son of Krypton collided in a massive battle that concluded with both their deaths.

Other comics rumored to be inspiring the movie include Frank Miller’s landmark crossover “The Dark Knight Returns”–which features a Batman/Superman battle and more death–and Mark Waid and Alex Ross“Kingdom Come.” Considering Snyder’s tendency to mash up influences, I wouldn’t be surprised if all three of these (plus a comic about the Justice League) make up the plot of the movie.

What do you think of Gal Gadot’s casting? Excited to see a rising star in the role, or would you have preferred the producers go with a bigger name?

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