7 Things You Don’t Know About the New Wonder Woman

Debate is raging across the Internet as director Zack Snyder makes another controversial casting choice with Gal Gadot. Is she the right ‘Woman’ for the role?

7 Things You Don't Know About Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

7 Things You Don't Know About Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

It's been speculated and rumored for months now. Will Wonder Woman make an appearance in the Man of Steel follow-up Batman Vs. Superman? Warner Bros. made it official this morning, as director Zack Snyder announced Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot as Princess Diana of Themyscira.

Here is what he had to say.

"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 Gadot an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal Gadot in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."

Much like the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, this latest addition to the impending Superman sequel is causing quite a bit of controversy this morning, with more than a few fans balking at this unique choice. Its clear that Zack Snyder is playing by his own rules here, which is pleasing some of you, but angering others. The two main concerns we're hearing most is that she's 'too skinny' to play Wonder Woman (you don't hear that too often in Hollywood) and that she is overcrowding what is supposed to be a true Man of Steel sequel, not a DC launching pad for its impending Justice League movie. Some even speculate that the actual title of the movie is not Batman Vs. Superman, but will instead be revealed as Justice League sometime early in the New Year. Will that happen? Who knows? Only Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder know at this point, and maybe even they aren't too sure...

Gal Gadot is an interesting casting choice in that she's fairly unknown. Even fans of The Fast and the Furious franchise had to be reminded of who she is. So, we're going to update you real quick. Here are 7 things you probably don't yet know about Gal and why we think they make her a pretty decent (but let's be honest, not the best) choice to play Wonder Woman in what is turning out to be DC's first big ensemble movie in the fashion of Marvel's The Avengers.

1 She Competed in the 2004 Miss Universe Pageant for Israel

Miss Universe 2004 Israel

Gal Gadot is one of Israel's top models, and at the age of 19, she won the Miss Israel title in 2004. She went onto represent the country in the 2004 Miss Universe beauty pageant, though she did not place in the top 15. She has much love for her home country, but hopes that she is not only seen as an export. She does not feel that she represents Israel in Hollywood, but instead, she hopes to represent herself. This all plays directly into Wonder Woman's own background as a foreigner who comes to America to make a name for herself while serving her country, but she's not out to become the token Amazonian superhero in a world dominated by white male Americans. Both learned how to speak English to further their careers in this country, and now they are being unified on the big screen together as the embodiment of one. Its clear that Gal Gadot understands the mindset of Princess Diana and her place in this particular comic book landscape.

2 She Served as a Sports Trainer and is an Accomplished Motorcyclist

Gal Gadot 2 Motorcycle

Many have complained that Gal Gadot is too skinny to be Wonder Woman. And that she is too small for Ben Affleck, especially if she is supposed to be his girlfriend. But the actress stands at 5' 9", and certainly knows how to kick-ass. She has an extensive background in sports training, and is an avid motorcycle rider who favors the black 2006 Ducati Monster-S2R. Sure, she is not the overblown heroine that we know from the comic books, But that type fits more into the real world that Zack Snyder is continuing to create for the established DC Comics on-screen universe. She has the skills to play an action hero, that much is for sure. Now, we'll just have to wait and see how those motorcycle maneuvers come in handy when flying the invisible plane.

3 She Made Her American Acting Debut in Fast & Furious

Fast and Furious

Gal Gadot was one of the new cast additions to The Fast and the Furious franchise when Universal Pictures decided to relaunch the series in 2009. She is most well known in the states for playing Gisele Harrabo. She went onto appear in Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, becoming part of Dominic Toretto's team and girlfriend of Han. She would be killed off in this last installment, which premiered this past summer, trying to save the love of her life. If there is one thing she's learned from being in these movies, it's how to shoot a great action scene, and more importantly, she's learned how to keep up with the boys. And so far, the DC on-screen universe has almost exclusively been a boy's club, as this will be the first big screen incarnation of the popular hero in the history of the character, who debuted in All-Star Comics #8 in January, 1942.

4 She Served Two Years in the Israeli Military

Israeli Military

Also proving that she will be quite capable of portraying the leading female superhero in possibly all of comic book history, its true that the model-turned-actress served two years in the Israeli Military while continuing to strut her stuff on the catwalk. Working with the Israel Defense Forces, She proved herself quite proficient in all types of weaponry, especially Israeli firearms, which makes her a force to recon with on and off the screen. We can't wait to see what she does with a lasso and bullet-proof bracelets as an accessory.

5 She Is a Well Known Israeli TV Star

Gal Gadot 5

Before making her big screen debut in Fast & Furious, she played the lead in the Israeli TV series Bubot (meaning Dolls), which didn't stray too far from her own personal experiences, as she was asked to portray a model. She then went onto appear in Asfur, another Israeli soap opera. It was about four friends living in abandoned buses on the property of a millionaire. She also played herself on the satirical Israeli series Eretz Nehederet, which proved she was quite proficient at playing comedy, something that will surely come in handy in Batman Vs. Superman, as Man of Steel was quite serious, a tonal problem Zack Snyder has promised to correct, if even just a little.

6 She Serves as the Face of Castro, Israel's Largest Clothing Brand


Some fans don't think Gal Gadot has the right look for Wonder Woman, that she isn't the right type of 'pretty'. Well, manufactures would like to disagree. Gal has lined up quite the endorsement deals in her short but bourgeoning career as a model, and appearing on a Coke can dressed as Wonder Woman will come as no strange thing to this model when it happens. Since 2008, she has served as the leading model for Castro, one of Israel's largest clothing brands known around the world. She has also teamed up with Vine Vera skin care products to promote the innovative breakthrough ingredient Reversatrol, which helps slow down the aging process by twenty years. This is perfect, because Wonder Woman never ages. She has also been a featured Maxim model, and has landed herself on the cover of the New York Post. We wanted a hot Wonder Woman with smarts and fighting skills, that's pretty much what we're going here.

7 She Loves Her Fans And Strives to be a Role Model for Young Girls

Gal Gadot 7

If being in The Fast and the Furious franchise taught Gal anything, its to love her fans, and believe in them, and give back 100%. Which means she's going to devote herself to the role of Wonder Woman in a way some other actresses might not. Throughout her career, the actress admits that she has felt a lot of responsibility and wants to shine as a role model for young girls. Its her goal to show how empowered and strong women can be, and that they don't need to be saved by some male hero. She is out to prove that women can take care of themselves using their intelligence and power, which is exactly what Wonder Woman embodies at her core.

Those are just some of the things we have learned about Gal Gadot since she was announced as Wonder Woman. Does any of this change your mind about her casting? Do you like the choice? Or do you still feel it was an odd one? Let us know your true feelings.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

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  1. the-wolverine

    Its not that she won't do an alright job but why does WW have to be in it? Marvel's already way ahead; there's no point rushing through all this origin type stuff to get to JL. Calm down Zack, get a good story going first because MOS was no Nolan-ised Superman.

    1 year agoby @the-wolverineFlag

  2. Lorelei

    All I can say is they're going to need body padding for her and a hell of a lot of eyeliner.

    1 year agoby @loreleiFlag

  3. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Oh, I see. Maybe Carla Gugino would be a good choice ?

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  4. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic i know who she is but i dont think shell be right ww

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  5. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Gemma Arterton was in the 2010 Clash of the Titans movie.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic carla no absolutely not gemma maybei dont know about her

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  7. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Maybe like Carla Gugino or Gemma Arterton could play Wonder Woman.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic like who besides olivia wide although i do want her to be ww

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  9. Carter Mckinney

    she will be perfect if they go with the new 52 style of Wonder Woman... I thought the other actress had more of a chance however. with the pants on and the jacket. she will do well I think.
    since this does seem to be the look Snyder is going for

    1 year agoby @Carter-MckinneyFlag

  10. Erik Hopkins

    2 years israel's army duh its required for women to serve 2 and men to serve 4 tell me something i dont know

    1 year agoby @Erik-HopkinsFlag

  11. empath86

    Have any of you people who keep saying "she needs to bulk up, she's too skinny, she won't be able to gain muscle". Have you seen actors before they bulk up, for instance Tom Hardy before Bronson and warrior he was a skinny mofo. I'm sure she will train and work out and be fine.

    1 year agoby @empath86Flag

  12. Sean

    @undeadslayer4 Undeadslayer4, I don't know, something doesn't seem right about her potentially being cast as Wonder Woman. Plus, As silly as this may sound, they need to find a bustier actress for the role as Wonder Woman.

    1 year agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  13. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic gadot wont be that as others seems although she fits the role in a strange way but they should at least give her a chance she's only known in ff

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  14. undeadslayer4

    @renodc i dont think so

    1 year agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  15. CoreyB

    @stefanos Looks great my man! Im excited for sure!

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  16. renodc

    Not excited about this casting.
    Seems to be a consensus, and I agree, that Gadot needs to bulk up but after seeing the pictures above and doing a Google Image search I don't think that she can bulk up much. She has an extremely thin frame, long slender neck and a fairly narrow shoulder width which will greatly limit her ability to put on larger muscle mass. All the protein and weight lifting in the world can't overcome genetics.

    1 year agoby @renodcFlag

  17. Vamp

    Bulking up is definitely a necessity, but I'll hold judgement until I see some form of footage.

    1 year agoby @vampire2000Flag

  18. David garcia

    Hmmm...I'd never knew she was Israeli, but at least least they a fourth Mediterranean woman (even though amazons are actually based Scythians and Sarmatians who lived in the north of the black sea and Caucuses region), would be a great choice instead the typical American, British/Australian, or northern European blonde woman that'll dye her hair black. But since the studio wanted to have a Greek actress to play the part as said in the previous articles, but she'll be a good choice for the film.

    1 year agoby @David-garcia-67788063Flag

  19. CoreyB

    @ed-wood my thoughts exactly. Its not that she isnt pretty shes beautiful, but needs to work out and get some more protein into her for sure. She could be good I mean she was cool in the Fast movies. This just came outta left field.

    1 year agoby @CoreyBFlag

  20. ed_wood

    I'll give her a chance but she needs to bulk up.

    1 year agoby @ed-woodFlag

  21. Brizzy

    @ObiWanShinobi Hilarious.

    1 year agoby @BrizzyFlag

  22. ObiWanShinobi

    At this rate I wouldn't be surprised if they announced Channing Tatum as Lex Luthor.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  23. ObiWanShinobi

    This has "Casting Couch" written all over it.

    1 year agoby @ObiWanShinobiFlag

  24. Superman81

    @ejk1 yea being a Smallville fan I should have remembered Swan. I think her or Alexander would have been good choices. I am not familiar with Baccarin though.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  25. ejk1

    @superman81 That's why I said Baccarin, Alexander, or Swan. Baccarin has the skills, and thanks to Firefly and V, is pretty much a sci-fi goddess, which would help win over fans. In short, she has the credibility for the role. Ditto Alexander and Swan, both of whom are associated with comic book characters to a degree (Sif and Zatanna).

    As far as Snyder, it depends. If they don't get JLA up and running before Affleck gets Batman going solo, Ben might snake it from him.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. Superman81

    @ejk1 I agree, WB has jumped the gun I feel. Not with Affleck but with Gadot. Was there really no other actress that would want to play WW? I feel if they put her on screen as WW then they are going to have to ride or die with her. JLA has been established, it will be Cavill and Affleck. I dont see how we will be able to gauge her from a cameo in the MOS movie so she will need her own movie, once that happens a recast would be damaging to what WB is trying to do. Snyder wont have much influence on her so I think WB can get a good director to pilot the WW movie. Do you think Snyder will be the JLA director? Seems they are giving him the entire project.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

  27. Hideki Ryuga

    @ejk1 I agree with Serinda Swan as for the rest not much, as @superman81 said Jamie would be FC and as for the homeland girl, god no.
    @superman81 I hope that all the other characters will gave very small roles cause yes, this should be a MOS sequel even if they are not planning to make solo movies after this which I think they aren't, at least not till JLA is out. But with no backgrounds just small participations would be Ok. I gotta say tue games really helped batman top the other heroes. Now everywhere and everyone just want to know about him. The human among gods

    1 year agoby @h-ryugaFlag

  28. ejk1

    @superman81 She didn't really do anything in FF. This will eventually be different. You're likely correct about Bats being Affleck's vehicle, but where does that leave Gadot and WW? Who's taking over that project? If they don't get a big name director, is Gadot talented enough to make it work? These are questions WB better have thought through before handing the role of the most important superheroine to Gadot.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  29. Superman81

    @ejk1 Alexander would have been the fans choice and who I thought they might go with. WB has made their bed with Gadot as WW, if she fails then it is going to set WB back big time. I cant say if Gadot is the right choice but she is beautiful and she didnt do a bad job in FF. This is another Ledger type casting where people are going to riot until they actually see the product. I see her role as being end of the film, mid credits or end credits anyways. My only true worry about this film is that Snyder will get so involved with creating Batman that he will slack on trying to evolve Superman and the characters from MOS. With Lex being the rumored villain, he too needs to be developed correctly. Whedon had the luxury of piggy backing off the directors who set up IM, CA, Thor, and Hulk. All he had to do was create the Avengers universe and build on that. Snyder has his hands full for sure and he needs to remember that MOS is his movie, Batman will more than likely be an Affleck franchise once this is done.

    1 year agoby @superman81Flag

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