Maybe a move to repair its reputation among fans after (wrongfully) casting actor Ben Affleck as the next Batman, movie studio Warner Bros. announced on Wednesday that Gal Gadot will be Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel: Batman vs. Superman sequel. A winner of the Miss Israel beauty pageant title, the 28-year-old model/actress appeared in movies such as Date Night and Knight and Day, but best known for her role as Gisele Harabo in the Fast & Furious franchise, ironically. In a prepared statement, director Zack Snyder added, “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.”
With Man of Steel: Batman vs. Superman as a working title only, the film’s production will begin early next year with Henry Cavill reprising the role of Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot, in addition to Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne and Diane Lane. Release date is set for July 17, 2015.