Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6, Fast Five) has been cast as Wonder Woman for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, the follow-up to this past summer’s Man of Steel. It was already announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman, resulting in the Internet nickname “Batfleck” and the ire of comic book fans who still remember Daredevil. Actresses Olga Kurylenko and Elodie Yung had also been considered for the role.
Zack Snyder said of the casting:
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.
Batman vs. Superman is slated for a July 17, 2015 release date.