“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.” -Zack Snyder
First off, I am 100% grateful that it wasn't a plain white woman in the role, as Wonder Woman is an Amazonian. Although... I am very unhappy because Gadot far too slender. Granted, there is the "overhaul of training and working out argument," but I have NEVER seen a female actress pull it off. Especially to the proportions required of a bulky Amazonian warrior. Christian Bale doing it is one thing, as he is known for an absurd level of dedication to the roles he takes, but a lanky model of an actress? That is another thing altogether.
Wonder Woman is supposed to be a beautiful and imposing figure. She has to look like she can go toe-to-toe with Superman and Batman. She has to appear like she can beat the living crap out of a feared vigilante and an alien demigod on Earth. We have NO NEED of a looks based character, this is a time when movie makers have a chance to show that strong women can also have muscles. Unfortunately, Gal Gadot looks like if she tried to punch a fluffly pillow her arm would shatter in at least 14 places.
She doesn't need to look like an American Gladiator, but undoubtedly much, much larger than she is now.
Yes, I know I'm jumping the gun here, and yes I remember the hubbub of Heath Ledger as the Joker, but I also remember Ledger having a range of roles before that as well. Her 'amazing acting" as Snyder calls it was none too thrilling at all in the Fast and Furious films, nothing at all suggesting she is capable of making the big-screen debut of an essential DC icon. I will try my damnedest to reserve harsher judgement until I actually see her in the role, but this is a very controversial casting choice.
My faith in this future DC film is waning quickly. Unless Miss Gadot gains a bunch of mass I really think this casting choice could seriously hurt DC's already questionable movie history. Outside of the Dark Knight series, even the Man of Steel had a bunch of issues. Do you recall what happened with the Green Lantern? It was miscast (Reynolds could've passed as Kyle Raynor, but Hal Jordan? No way), poor script, and it ended up a giant mess. Should I even mention the 2011 Wonder Woman tv show pilot with Adrianne Palicki?
Even if it is simply a cameo leading to The Justice League, Wonder Woman deserves a chance. So please Snyder and Gadot, don't f*ck this up. Odds are she'll be a cameo to be pushed into her own film, but still, DO NOT F*CK THIS UP SNYDER. No one wants Wonder Woman to turn out like one of your ridiculous Sucker Punch girls.
And for miss Gal Gadot, this is your chance to up your game to become an unmatched female superhero/role model. If you pull this off, with all the dedication you can muster, you will live in fandom's heart forever.
Source [ Deadline ]