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...

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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.

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.

B. Alan Orange