Gal Gadot is a true believer in fate. And she might be on to something. If she had made a string of different choices in her life, she wouldn't be playing Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, or the stand alone movie, or the upcoming two-part Justice League. Instead, she would have been relegated to a much smaller role in the DCEU, though that particular character did play an important part in making Man of Steel the grand superhero adventure that it was.
When Gal Gadot auditioned for Wonder Woman, she blew everyone in the room away. Though, she almost didn't get the chance. And a good portion of all this has to do with the fact that everyone in the room had seen her before. She'd originally auditioned for a role in Man of Steel. And guess what? She won that part too. Though, she had to turn it down for a very particular reason.
Speaking with Israeli website Xnet, Gal Gadot went off on a well-earned tangent about Karma. It's something she knows a lot about, and it seems to have certainly guided her life. She explains how Karma played an important role in landing her the Wonder Woman gig, which currently spans 4 movies and will likely include more in the future.
"When I was a month pregnant with (my daughter) Alma, I got an offer to be the evil Superman character. If I wasn't pregnant I'd take the job, and there's no way they would take me now to be Wonder Woman."
Of course, the evil Superman character she is referring to is Faora. That role eventually went to Antje Traue instead. Equally as stunning, and perhaps build a little tougher, it's not hard to see Antje Traue swapping places with Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, alas it was never meant to be.
In Man of Steel, Sub-Commander Faora-Ul is Zod's lieutenant, who gets sentenced to 300 cycles in the Phantom Zone along with Zod. After Krypton's destruction, Faora and the other prisoners are freed from the Phantom Zone, and search for Kal-El and the Codex, a device containing the genetic code for all future Kryptonians, which were able to escape the planet's destruction due to Jor-El's last-minute actions. After finding him on Earth, Faora is responsible for bringing Kal-El and Lois Lane aboard Zod's ship. After they escape, Faora and another powerful Kryptonian grunt named Nam-Ek, confront Kal-El and the U.S. Military in Smallville, but are defeated because Kal-El managed to break her helmet.
After Zod begins terraforming the Earth with a world engine retrieved from a Kryptonian Colony that they visited before arriving to Earth, Faora and all the other Kryptonians (except Zod) are sent back to the Phantom Zone after the ship that brought Kal-El to Earth is re-purposed into a strike weapon. As in the comics, Faora is a major threat to Kal-El in hand-to-hand combat, outfighting him easily at first. However Kal-El is able to hold his own against her and Nam-Ek, since the two Kryptonians have yet to attain heat vision and flight and he is stronger than they are due to his longer exposure to solar radiation.
Faora didn't die in Man of Steel, and it's possible that she could return in Man of Steel 2. But she definitely isn't a key part of the DCEU, such as Wonder Woman is. No disrespect to Antje Traue, but Gal Gadot is probably very happy she got the gig she did. If she hadn't of gotten pregnant, who knows who would be standing in Diana Prince's bright red boots at this point in time.