Prediction: With Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, the Next DC Movie Will Be Renamed 'Justice League'

Actress Gal Gadot will play the mighty Amazon in Batman vs. Superman. Source: DC Entertainment.

After weeks of speculation, Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) DC Entertainment has found its Wonder Woman: Israeli actress Gal Gadot.

Confused? You aren't alone. Gadot's filmography is limited to a handful of TV spots and three appearances in the six films of The Fast and the Furious franchise. She plays the former Mossad agent Gisele, who becomes a trusted member of Vin Diesel's crew of car thieves.

Her presence did nothing to hurt the box office. Fast & Furious put up 2009's seventh-best opening weekend on the way to $363.1 million in worldwide grosses. Her 2011 follow-up, Fast Five, topped $600 million worldwide after a 15-week run at the box office while this year's Fast & Furious 6 earned just short of $789 million over the same period. 

Now she graduates from car thief to one the world's most famous superheroines -- and with Lynda Carter's blessing, no less.

Predictably, the choice has brought mixed reactions. You'll find some of the best here, courtesy of Alex Zalben over at MTV News. What am I expecting from Gadot? More than a cameo, that's for sure. Here's what director Zack Snyder had to say about casting her for Batman vs. Superman:

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.

Big words from a filmmaker with a big budget, and now, a cast that includes the Justice League's Big Three: Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Add four more heroes and you've got a full team. Introducing them one film at a time, as Marvel and Walt Disney  (NYSE: DIS  )  did with The Avengers, probably isn't necessary thanks to the success of Arrow.

But don't take my word for it. Look at the ratings. This week's episode, which introduces Grant Gustin as police scientist Barry Allen (i.e., the Flash), drew 3.165 million viewers -- a season high.  Stephen Amell's emerald archer is also fit for a Justice League film, seeing as his character is already on a collision course with infamous DC Universe villains such as Brother Blood, Ra's al Ghul, Professor Ivo, and Deathstroke. Using Arrow and a planned Flash TV spinoff to develop both characters could take pressure off Snyder and the brass at Warner Bros. films to fund expensive "origin" movies that would otherwise be needed to tee up up the team up.

Maybe that's the point of all this. Maybe, in adopting Batman vs. Superman as the code name, DC is disguising the truth that it's next movie is about more than the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight. Rather, it's shaping up to be the origin of the Justice League.

You can't have the JLA without Wonder Woman. In casting Gadot, Snyder and DC have just solved that problem.

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  • Report this Comment On December 06, 2013, at 12:21 PM, jormunguard wrote:

    While I can't wait to see a Justice League movie. I sure hope that this next Man of Steel doesn't get turned into it. It already has the high potential to be a complete failure.

    They really needed 1 more movie for Superman before introducing more characters. The Superman character they created in Man of Steel was different enough from any other version that they really need to do some character development in the next story. Also since they aren't connected The Batman with any other movie version they'll have to do some kind of character development with him. And now they've add WW to the mix, who from what has been released isn't going to be anything like the character from the comics, no Themyscira, no being daughter of Zeus. So she'll need some kind of character development if she's going to be anything but a throw away character.

  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2013, at 9:19 AM, moonkyl wrote:

    I don't think this will happen. They might simply introduce her or give a quick cameo and then set up her own movie, just like Marvel did. DC will try to milk as many movies out of this as possible, there is no reason for them to jam all this in one movie and call it a JLA movie and be done.

  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2013, at 10:01 AM, CambriaJ1977 wrote:

    I say give her a chance. Of course I agree the movie makers need to develop their characters a little more, but she may be perfect for the role. Who knows?

  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2013, at 11:12 AM, InvisibleZombie wrote:

    I hope this happens. The expensive "origin" movies is a risk that DC can't afford. Having a Wonder Woman or Flash film bomb will delay or destroy any hope of a JLA film. We';re already reeling from a decent Green Lantern representation with a bad script.

    DC's TV forays into live action JLA have ranged from campy (1979) to just cheap and awkward (1997's JLA), until Smallville and Arrow. (Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman is in a class of it's own! Flash and Birds of Prey were before their times.)

    The world KNOWS these characters already. "Star Wars" burst onto the scene without any need for pre-familiarity with the characters, same with Indiana Jones, Shrek and Avatar. I could include Harry Potter as well since it's appeal reached far past just fans of the books.

    I just really hope this Gal gal can bulk up and surprise us.

  • Report this Comment On December 07, 2013, at 3:32 PM, Mentallect wrote:

    She is too skinny, has no curves, and isn't Greek. Wonder Woman was a woman, not an adolescent teenage girl. She is a pretty actress, but not a Wonder Woman. Victoria Secret model maybe, but not DC's She-Hulk.

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