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

Tim Beyers
December 6, 2013

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