DC Comics is well on its way to establishing Wonder Woman as the first successful female superhero capable of maintaining a solid fandom in a standalone setting. The character is to be played by Gal Gadot, and as many DC fans already know, Ms. Gadot will first introduce Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. As far as the screen time granted to Gal, it will be an introduction in the strictest meaning of the word. While discussing his decision to cast Gadot in the famous heroine's role, director Zack Snyder reveals that Wonder Woman's role in Batman v Superman is very limited.
Gal Gadot teases Wonder Woman fans with a glimpse of her toys
Zack Snyder, Gal Gadot, and the rest of the DC Comics family are hoping to keep fans interested in the best possible way. They have leaked a brassy new Wonder Woman logo, which certainly has kept possible audiences excited about the female superhero, but that's not all.
In promo stills released from the Wonder Woman set, fans are given their first glimpse of Diana's sword and shield. The stills, in which Diana is armed with the weapons, yet not dressed in her familiar Wonder Woman outfit, confirms rumors that the film will be at least partially set in the World War I era.
Additionally, there have been rumors that the film will also be set in our present day and Diana's homeland of Themyscira.
Zack Snyder is proud of casting Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, though you may not see much of her
It's true, partially. Of course, Gal Gadot will enjoy plenty of screen time in her own standalone Wonder Woman film, but the same can't be said of her Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice appearance.
In a recent interview, director Zack Snyder commented that he felt it was unfortunate that we haven't seen a strong female superhero until now, but he added that it's his hope to change that. He says that he's been surrounded by strong female role models all his life and he believes that gives him a unique insight into what was needed in the casting of Wonder Woman.
Snyder pointedly adds that fans should read The Secret History Of Wonder Woman, by Jill Lepore.
The Wonder Woman director said that Gal Gadot really stood up against the competition, during the screen tests. He credits her for holding her own against Ben Affleck, who is formidable in his own right, but also for keeping her cool and her sense of humor.
"We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine," said Zack Snyder of Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman audition. "But the thing with Gal is that she's strong, she's beautiful, and she's a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It's that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for."
When auditioning actresses for the role, it was with the understanding that the one chosen would appear in a number of ensemble films, beginning with Batman v Superman. As news spread, fans may have started to expect more from Wonder Woman than they will actually be getting. Primarily, this first film will be about Batman and Superman, so fans shouldn't expect big roles for other superheroes, says Mr. Snyder.
"No, she has a cameo in this movie. No, actually...it's bigger than a cameo. She comes in and does something," says Zack, speaking of how much screen time Wonder Woman will get.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will premiere on March 25 in theaters.
Wonder Woman will make a theatrical debut on June 23, 2017.
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