Meet Gal Gadot, Your New Israeli Wonder Woman

Peter Martin, Managing Editor

Gal Gadot, former soldier, former Miss Israel, and a recent featured player in the Fast and Furious franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, according to Variety.

It's not yet known if the role will be significant to the plot or a cameo / set-up for a future stand-alone or Justice League team-up movie. Zack Snyder is directing the sequel to Man of Steel, with Henry Cavill returning as Superman and Ben Affleck joining the fight as Batman. I expect we'll hear more before the movie is released on July 17, 2015.

Gadot played a former Mossad agent in Fast 5, returning in the same role as she became a more integral member of the team in Furious 6. So we know she can handle the action requirements of Wonder Woman, and should bring a good international flavor to the role of Diana Prince.

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  • j.deleón-serratos

    One day, civilization will learn to not form judgements before actually seeing the goddamn movie. I'm excited to see Wonder Woman on the big screen.

  • j.deleón-serratos

    Plus, this girl is gorgeous.

  • Plus she served two years in the Israeli military where her responsibilities included physically training other soldiers. In a fairly seriously badass military force. So all the people moaning that 'she doesn't look like a warrior' online? Er ... Yeah. She does.

  • Mr. Cavin

    I'm unsure of the timeline here. I think she was Miss Israel when she was eighteen, so her two-year mandatory IDF tour would have started after her bid for Miss Universe. She was already a model, I guess, and she picked back up modelling again after her service. In the service, it is noted that she functioned as a "spots trainer", which is a "combat support" function that includes physical health training, classroom anatomy, and running/strength training. It is obvious that she was not being used in some kind of ex-Miss PR capacity because I can't find any army pictures of her at all (or perhaps I'm just failing somehow).

    In my life I run across a lot of Marines, and they never look like much, either. They are skinny late teens/early twenties dudes who like to drink beer and play video games. The food they eat keeps them tiny, frankly; the hours they keep prevent them from doing much in the way of body building (and who wants to weigh a hundred extra pounds of brawn when your humping a seventy-pound ruck up a hill in full BDUs anyway)? They all look like high school kids to me. But when they make a movie, they cast some kind of developed looking Rambo type instead of some skinny kid. It's what we're used to, and I'm not surprised people are reacting negatively in this case after so much conditioning.

  • IAM-FATMAN

    Yeah she can look like a warrior and a very badass one I might add...but as WW, not quite sure!?!!...But hey, we'll see!!!

  • noodels2

    too skinny

  • Fuuuuuuuuuuuck. If there are two names I never wanted to see in the same sentence together, they would have been "Wonder Woman" and "Zack Snyder."

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