Official Wonder Woman Casting Announced for Superman Sequel!!
(Courtesy of: www.forbes.com)
It’s official, folks! Actress Gal Gadot has been cast in the role of Wonder Woman for the upcoming Warner Bros. superhero film sequel known popularly as Batman vs. Superman. Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele Harrabo in the Fast & Furious franchise, and as a former Miss Universe contestant as Miss Israel. I previously reported Wonder Woman was appearing in the film after my on and off the record discussions with several people in the industry confirmed to me that Warner was quietly searching for an actress to take on the role for an appearance in the team-up film releasing in 2015.
This news will significantly boost the buzz for the sequel to the Man of Steel. That reboot of the Superman franchise took home $660+ million at the box office in 2012, and the inclusion of both Batman and Wonder Woman means the sequel is instantly among the likely highest-grossing blockbusters slated for release in the summer of 2015. Batman’s name alone should help boost the film at least toward the $800 million range, and Wonder Woman finally coming to the big screen will add another sizable bump. With two years to go, anything can happen, but for now it has to be assumed we’re looking at a strong possibility of anywhere between $800 million and the $1 billion range for the 3D superhero team-up.
Seeing Warner finally bring Wonder Woman to live-action cinema means the chances for a solo female superhero franchise just got a big shot in the arm. The rise of female action stars and female-driven movies at the modern box office is no doubt helping convince the studio now is the time to bring Wonder Woman to audiences in a big way. I’ve said before that I think Wonder Woman has potential to be a very success franchise for Warner Bros, so I’m glad to see they finally decided to do this, but it’s worth noting that it needs to be done right and done well, not shoehorned in or rushed, as Sean Gerber rightly notes over at Modern Myth Media.
Gadot is a newcomer to cinema, her first big screen appearance coming in 2009′s Fast & Furious. She reprised the role two years later in Fast Five, while adding some television and other movie roles to her résumé, but nothing as high profile as the action-race franchise. Gadot has done well in her career so far, mostly in action-oriented films, so in that regard she’s demonstrated her abilities. However, she’s still relatively new and so it’s hard to gauge her abilities outside of that action range, which leaves some uncertainty at this point. And we still don’t *officially* know how large or small the Wonder Woman role will be in her first outing, so I’ll have more to say as more information comes out.
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