One of the most interesting and talked about films in recent months has been the sequel to this summer’s super hero vehicle Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder, which was revealed at this year’s San Diego Comic Con and will not only feature the titular Man of Steel himself, but arguably the most popular character in all of comics, Batman. Much has been made about the decision to include Batman in a Superman film, which has been a rumor and fan desire for over a decade, and even more was made when the casting for Bruce Wayne’s vigilante alter ego was revealed to be none other than Ben Affleck.
But following the initial out cry (unwarranted outcry in my opinion) by fans over Affleck’s casting, the rumor mill has been the largest source of news for the sequel. With names like Nightwing, Batman’s former sidekick Robin, as well as The Flash and most notably, Wonder Woman have all all circled the project to varying levels of skepticism and anticipation. For one of these roles, the rumor can finally be put to rest and be confirmed as an official casting, as DC Comic’s famed heroine, Wonder Woman, has been cast, though the extent of her role has yet to be determined.
Known mostly for her supportive role in the recent Fast and Furious sequels, Gal Gadot will be stepping into the uniform and tying up her lasso of truth as the Amazonian queen Diana Prince in the 2015 blockbuster. It’s hard to gauge how an actor will handle a role of this magnitude when their resume is as small as Gadot’s, and it is easy to question the decision based on her appearance. Gadot is 5’9″ and has a markedly smaller frame than one would expect and actress cast as Wonder Woman to have, but I have also always been a proponent of the idea that the right actor, with the right talent, is always a more important factor in casting than appearance alone.
This is yet another huge piece of news for a film that is shaping up to be closer to a full on Justice League of America film (initially rumored to be planned for Summer 2015, conveniently when Man of Steel 2 drops) than a Superman film, but as we work toward a more expanded DC Cinematic Universe to possibly compete with the brilliant job rival Marvel Studios has been doing recently, I personally cannot help but get excited with each new character announced.
Now, if only we could get Stephen Amell cast as Oliver Queen and the Green Arrow already, we’d really be in business.