Rumors had been circling that Zack Snyder's follow-up to Man of Steel wouldn't just feature a new Batman but another classic DC character as well. Now it's official: Deadline reports that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman. Perhaps best known for her role in the recent Fast & Furious films, she will join Henry Cavill as Superman, and the hotly contested Ben Affleck as Batman.
"Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe," 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." This will be the second attempt to rethink Wonder Woman for modern audiences in the past few years. In 2011, Friday Night Lights star Adrianne Palicki starred as the title character in a TV pilot written by none other than David E. Kelley, though the show never went to series.
According to earlier reports, Gadot had been one of a trio of front-runners for the role, including Elodie Yung of GI Joe: Retaliation and Olga Kurylenko from Quantum of Solace. With Variety reporting that Flash will also make a cameo, Batman vs. Superman is looking increasingly like DC and Warner Bros.' attempt to jumpstart an Avengers-style phenomenon, packing as many DC characters into the film as possible. Girls' Adam Driver had been rumored for the role of Nightwing as well, though the actor has since denied such reports. How Snyder plans to reimagine so many well-known characters all at once still remains to be seen, but audiences will have plenty of time to mull over the possibilities; the film isn't scheduled to open until 2015.