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Gal Gadot of 'Fast and Furious' Franchise Is Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman' UPDATED

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by Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
December 4, 2013 1:56 PM
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Gal Gadot
Gal Gadot

UPDATE: Actress Gal Gadot has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's "Batman vs. Superman." Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele in "Fast & Furious," "Fast Five" and this past summer's global hit "Furious 6." 

"Batman vs. Superman" lands on July 17, 2015. Check out the results of our poll, below, where we asked readers to pick their ideal big-screen Wonder Woman.

EARLIER: Warner Bros. is reportedly narrowing the field on who should play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's Batman-Superman team-up. Per sources cited by Variety, Olga Kurylenko, Gal Gadot (of the "Fast and Furious" franchise) and Elodie Young ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") are all testing for the part. Who do you think would make the best Wonder Woman, a role that's eluded the big screen for years now? Poll below.

Linda Carter as Wonder Woman
Linda Carter as Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman requires an intimidating package of athleticism and sexuality that seems to confuse everyone. These femme action roles are tricky, because they require walking the tightrope of just the right mix of tough kick-ass and babe: Michelle Pfeiffer and Anne Hathaway scored as Batman villain Catwoman, but Halle Berry's solo Catwoman was a box office flop. Angelina Jolie, Jessica Chastain and other established stars don't need the career boost. Scarlett Johansson is already embedded in the Marvel universe as Black Widow. "Alias" star Jennifer Garner, previously Elektra (which did not go over) and currently Batman star Ben Affleck's wife in real life, may be too girl-next-door. "Underworld" star Kate Beckinsale has the requisite chops, but "Fast & Furious" star Michelle Rodriguez may veer too close to the I'll-bust-your-balls side.

While the traditional image of Wonder Woman is Caucasian (see TV's Linda Carter above), this is 2013 and we live in a globalized world -- she could come from anywhere. It appears, based on the current shortlist, that Warners is looking to cast a non-star in the role. Whoever they pick has to hold her own between Affleck and Henry Cavill. 

While we think "The Americans" star Keri Russell would rock, she thinks that her boobs are too small. Rumored candidate Gina Carano ("Haywire") has the ass-kicking required, but her acting proved wooden in the Soderbergh action vehicle. Better actors with action skills include Danai Gurira of "The Walking Dead," Tatiana Maslany of "Orphan Black," Kerry Washington ("Scandal"), Maggie Q ("Nikita"), Katee Sackhoff ("Battlestar Gallactica"), Rinko Kikuchi ("Pacific Rim"), Ming Na ("Agents of Shield"), Rihanna, who registered better than many of the guys on "Battleship," and Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville," who boasts the right mix of athletic curves and grit. 

 What do you think? Who have we left out? 

Who should play Wonder Woman in 'Batman vs. Superman'?
  
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22 Comments

  • Riefky | August 19, 2014 3:27 AMReply

    HOW THE F*** THERE'S RIHANNA ON YOUR LIST.???

  • Bryan | January 11, 2014 1:45 PMReply

    Lynn Collins from movie john carter all they way

  • Teddy | December 12, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    Paulina Porizkova has the FACE of a Goddess she should play Wonder Woman. Am also okay with Gal Gadot.

  • John | December 10, 2013 2:51 PMReply

    Wonder Woman is a AMAZON
    google it before you throw out the names of tiny actresses.

  • lolli | December 5, 2013 1:31 PMReply

    Where's Bridget Regan? She'd be perfect.

  • Brian | December 5, 2013 12:12 PMReply

    What a coincidence. I was waiting for Gadot.

  • Vince | November 14, 2013 9:24 AMReply

    What about Olivia Wilde. Saw a Google image of her as WW. She looked great!

  • lt. dan | November 10, 2013 5:03 PMReply

    Cobie Smulders for Wonder Woman 2014

  • Reagan | August 15, 2014 3:46 PM

    I Agree!!! Cobie would be great

  • Ernesto | November 9, 2013 10:16 PMReply

    Jessica Chastain would make the first actress in a super hero role to get an Oscar!!!

  • tyler4all | November 9, 2013 9:07 PMReply

    I'm sorry to point hammer the point further but this list is terrible. Really? Rihanna? haha, what a terrible, terrible list.

  • rgm | November 9, 2013 5:31 PMReply

    What about the amazing Noomi Rapace??

  • Anne Thompson | November 9, 2013 1:17 PMReply

    I know Linda Carter is hard to top. But honestly, everyone has such a limited Barbie doll idea of what Wonder Woman should look like. That's why we stirred things up a bit. Should Michelle Rodriguez NOT be considered because men don't think she's a babe and are scared of her? Isn't Wonder Woman a superhero? And being small has not stopped Tom Cruise from playing Jack Reacher, etc etc. The camera can make anyone look big on screen.

  • Anne Thompson | November 9, 2013 1:13 PMReply

    I like it.

  • cadavra | November 8, 2013 5:59 PMReply

    How about Eva Green?

  • Jaso | November 8, 2013 5:08 PMReply

    I'm not voting because all of your options are terrible!

  • daniel | December 9, 2013 9:01 PM

    exactly... this is going to be a terrible movie

  • J. | November 8, 2013 5:01 PMReply

    I guess someone forgot to include Megan Fox in this poll. Not my candidate, but you can't ignore those blue eyes and black hair. And the rest of her.

  • Shane | November 8, 2013 2:22 PMReply

    What about Katy Perry?
    Hasn't she been lobbying for that role for a while now starting with that Vanity Fair cover?
    I realize she may not be the best actress but looks-wise she looks like Linda Carter in her heyday and looks like Wonder Woman stepped right off the page as well.

  • Nicole | November 8, 2013 1:51 PMReply

    Why isn't Jaimie Alexander on this list? Sure. I'm not the biggest fan of an actor essentially playing two different super heroes, but if it's done right then it's fine by me. Look at Chris Evans for example. I say the gorgeous Jaimie from Thor should be the new Wonder Woman! You GO girl!

  • shelly | November 8, 2013 1:34 PMReply

    Woman Woman is an Amazon so they do have to be fairly tall. Hayden Panettiere is 5'0"...

  • ascaca asjc vascvas | November 8, 2013 3:17 PM

    man u so rite - i have no idea what some of those names r doin on the list. some of those actresses r fvckin tiny

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