Batman vs. Superman: Theories on What the Rumored Female Role Might Be

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Another day, another rumor surrounding the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie. Some sort of big announcement or revelation is hopefully imminent, because right now the rumor mill is threatening to spiral out of control.

We’ve heard Wonder Woman is in the film; Nightwing is in the film; we’ve gotten a roundup of actress who are being considered for a role, along with a roundup of young male actors also being considered. There’s rumor that DC movies and TV shows could be linked, while other rumors claim they won’t be linked at all. Kevin Smith has seen Ben Affleck’s new Batman costume and says it’s awesome. Etc….

Well today sees more advancement in rumor, rather than fact: According to reports, Fast & Furious 6 star Gal Gadot is currently a frontrunner for the Batman vs. Superman female role – but does that mean she’s playing Wonder Woman? The answer is not as simple and clear as it may seem…

El Mayimbe from Latino-Review was the one to drop the “free Twitter scoop”:

Gadot was indeed one of the names on that aforementioned roundup of actress being considered for Batman vs. Superman (other names included Oblivion star Olga Kurylenko and Thor 2 star Jaimie Alexander) – but it’s come under heavy debate whether that role is indeed Wonder Woman in the film. Awhile back it was rumored that Bruce Wayne/Batman would have a love interest (a sort of mirror for Superman and Lois Lane’s continued relationship), and anyone who knows Batman lore can tell you, Bruce’s love interests make for a widely varied list.

Batman’s lovers include reporter Vicky Vale, socialite/actress/princess/lawyer Julie Madison, Selina Kyle/Catwoman and Talia al Ghul – in addition to Wonder Woman.  Each of those characters is fair game for a Batman vs. Superman appearance, since the film will have to establish an entire world for the new Batman (for later solo movies, of course) – and thanks to comic books like Batman, Inc. that world is now more extensive than ever to draw from.

Gal Gadot as Talia Head al Ghul in Batman vs. Superman Batman vs. Superman: Theories on What the Rumored Female Role Might Be

Gal Gadot

Based on looks alone, Julie Madison, Catwoman and Talia al Ghul all seem like suitable fits for Gadot to play; in terms of  physique, however, Gadot seems a bit too slender to portray Wonder Woman – despite showing some action chops in the Fast & Furious films. The female love interest also feels like she’ll play into the actual story of the film, while Wonder Woman’s appearance would more likely be a cameo meant to set up a future Justice League movie.

We know that Affleck’s Batman is a tired and weary veteran crimefighter, and that could be a good hint as to who the lady in his life will be (i.e., “normal” girls like Vale and Madison providing Bruce Wayne with an actual life that has drawn him away from being Batman). Then again, Talia or Catwoman – both of whom were recently featured in Nolan’s Dark Knight Rises – could just as well be players in the game, as both could be used to great effect in helping Batman deal with the Superman issue.

Talia Head al Ghul and Lex Luthor Batman vs. Superman: Theories on What the Rumored Female Role Might Be

Talia Head of LexCorp

Talia in particular was redesigned by comic book creators for the new Millennium as “Talia Head,” having shed her father Ra’s al Ghul’s influence to instead run LexCorp while Lex Luthor ran for president. This story thread from the comics would make a great deal of logical sense in Batman vs. Superman: Lex Luthor uses the destruction of Metropolis as a political platform against “The Alien” (Superman) and Talia steps in as his LexCorp CEO, thereby providing a bridge between Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor – and later, a tactical advantage for Batman (and likely Superman) to take down Lex from the inside out.

After so many Lex Luthor casting rumors, and the notion put forth by Man of Steel director Zack Snyder that a Batman vs. Superman Lex would be more like an evil Bill Gates instead of a traditional villain, the Gadot/Talia Head theory seems the most likely and logical at the moment.

Is there any particular female character you want to see featured in Batman vs. Superman? Who would it be? And do you think Gal Gadot is a good choice? (Before you answer the latter question, though, be sure to watch the video below.)


Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015

Source: El Mayimbe

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  1. I could see her playing Talia Al Ghual got the looks and acting hopes for her

  2. This whole female role has me worried about how it actually pertains to the film at hand and not future stuff.
    I do want the focus to be on supes/bats and one villain.

  3. I so do not care what DC does anymore! They screwed Bats in TDKr, then made superman a reckless lunatic in MoS! Batman is played by Ben affleck is and afterthought, because nolan’s Batman was fine!

    • Batman was perfectly fine in TDKR.

      Superman a lunatic? He was reckless, sure…he was also not used to using his powers like that and had a steep learning curve to overcome.

      Batman played by Affleck….and? We know that. It’s a great decision. You wanted Christian Bale back, despite the fact everyone involved in that trilogy said it was separate to any movie plans DC were going to make and that the trilogy was standalone?

      Not their fault you don’t listen to what they tell the fanbase.

      • +1

      • exactly.

      • + 1000

      • way to go sir, I salute you!!!!!

        • Affleck will add more to the movie than a mere acting performance. What ‘Man of Steel’ lacked for me, Affleck will bring. But we have at least one casting call a year in a superhero movie everyone gets idiotic about…

          Remind me how Ms. Hathaway performed again?

          • Sigh. Anne Hathaway is going to be a disaster as Catwoman…


            • I wish Olivia Wild was interested in Wonder Woman. She is Perfact!

              • She’s also pregnant.

                And she’ll be preggo for the next 6 or 7 months…

                • That comment was directed at Jason up above ^^^ in regard to his comment concerning Olivia Wilde.

                  How did THAT happen Screen Rant?? lol

            • Who said that?!

              When I heard Anne was gonna be Catwoman I pee’d myself in delight!

              • And I cried myself in disappointment.

        • huzzah!

    • Watch Man of Steel again. When I watched it on DVD, where I could stop and rewind, it was so much better. TDK was a great movie unless you like silly heroes and villians.

  4. Who is the villian anyway? We seem to have rumors on everything but that?

    • Lex from what I am reading. Who they got to play the role is being kept very hush hush though for some reason. If it’s not Cranston then I will be surprised. Also I hear that Gadot is the expected choice for WW. With Nightwing role though isn’t sure. What it is sure (multiple articles) is that they want a “young Hawkes type” if that helps LOL.

      • Gadot can’t be WW. It would be as unrealistic as casting, say, Sacha Baron Cohen as Wolverine.

    • Thats what I’ve been wondering too!!!!

  5. Talia. She looks like a Talia. The woman is in no form built like WW. WW needs to be a powerhouse, who needs her origins explained and not tossed in a versus movie to be Batman’s arm candy. Huge mistake to introduce the most iconic and powerful female character on screen.

  6. Could this female character simply be Luthor’s female bodyguard? I think I remember such a character from the Animated Series and the comics. I think her name was Mercy, might be mistaken

    • Her name was Mercy Graves and she is an Amazon

      • Finally, someone with a little knowledge.

  7. Gal was great in the FF series, but wouldn’t be an appropriate Wonder Woman IMHO.

    However, I strongly believe that this Wonder Woman intrigue is nothing more than a smokescreen, and I suspect that this “exotic” character that is being alluded to is another character entirely (as Kofi has speculated).

    Maybe she’s Kara Zor-El, who knows?

    • That’s what I thought.But I hope Im wrong.Don’t really want to see that character Kara Zor-el.

      Lex for president.

  8. It’s gotta be Talia.

    Lex used her to run his company while he ran for President (and was eventually elected). I can see him elected due to his anti-alien stance in the movies.

  9. You know….I wonder if Nightwing is Dick or the Argo city Nightwing now that you say that?

    The characters could be Kryptonians trapped in the city.

    • It’s going to be the Dick Grayson character. According to several articles, the production is looking for a “young, John Hawkes type”. There is no confirmation this is related to the Man Of Steel sequel but that they’re looking for a younger version of him and there have been some names that have auditioned for this “young John Hawkes” role, which is being reported as “Dick Grayson.” Now all of these rumors of WW, NW, Lex, might all be just a smoke screen and the movie does end up being just a Superman vs Batman movie but the success of Marvel, “DC is playing catch-up and is trying to find ways to lead them to an eventual Justice League film. Inserting additional known superheroes in this film may be the first step in that direction.”

  10. I’m betting the love interest will be Sasha Bordeaux. Bruce Wayne’s bodyguard who eventually finds out he’s Batman. I also like the idea of Thalia Al Ghul running LexCorp while Lex runs for president. It can connect Superman’s and the probable solo Batman films a bit more.

    • +1 to your comment. That is who I suspect but Talia is also probable.
      I just hope the role make sense in the film that is still Man of Steel 2

  11. Speculation, rumors, speculation, rumors……. I think WB/DC is loving this. Is there anyone talking about Avengers right now? Every little rumor from the Superman/Batman movie is getting tons of coverage. I bet they are eating up this publicity.

    • Could not agree more…they are probably the ones releasing the rumors, hence fueling the speculation haha.

      • Or it could just be that WB are keeping things close to their chest while others are immensely interested in whatever they may be doing and there’s so much demand and interest in the movie that any little detail gets scrutinized.

    • Why would anyone be interested in ‘The Avengers’? The sequel to Thor just out. Two more Marvel movies next year. ‘IM3′ and ‘Thor: The Dark World’ will make double combined what ‘Man of Steel’ did, which needed to push 1 billion to actually turn a profit. Last count was $700 million. Then another billion minimal next year between the two further movies.

      Then the interest will begin.

      I think Marvel will be just fine, my friend.

      • 700 mil gross – 225 mil budget = 475 mil profit.

    • But speculation is so much fun!

  12. I have been convinced that Wonder Woman- and Dick Grayson- are rumors that spiraled out of control. There has been no confirmation.

    I am sure the love interest is not Wonder Woman, and there is a variety of candidates for the role as stated by Kofi. Vicky Vale makes sense as she is another reporter that can be a colleague of Lois Lane and Clark Kent.

    But if Gal Gadot is indeed in the running Talia makes the most sense. Exotic and fit and beautiful. Bruce Wayne also has a female bodyguard at one point named Sasha B….I don’t fully remember the character name in the moment which can also make sense.

    The question is how large of a role do we expect from a love interest of Bruce Wayne, and also does the character deserve a large role in this film that is still Man of Steel 2.

    • I doubt the character will have much of a large role, just an important one in some way.

  13. I’m sure she’ll be cast as Talia. That means the next announcement should be the actor portraying the other character in the picture from the article, as well as the film’s primary antagonist, Lex Luthor. And that actor better freaking be Bryan Cranston.

  14. WAAAAYYY too skinny for WW. Talia al Ghul makes sense.

  15. Personally I believe that Nightwing would be nice to show in Batman vs. Superman and potentially Supergirl because they should follow up on that. You can’t just leave it in one movie. We do know that Supergirl is alive and out there. Follow up on that. Also Wonder Woman shouldn’t be anymore than a cameo. Not a huge part in the movie. For different reasons. And Talia seems like a nice choice to show in the movie.

    • Kara was in the prequel comic but the comic took place I think 10000 years before the events of Man of Steel lol.

    • That’s why the logical choice at this point with all these rumours flying around are to assume that WW will cameo midway through as Diana Prince and that Nightwing may do the same as a bit of exposition during a brief scene.


      I’d honestly use her either at the end or in a post-credits button just emerging from wherever she’s been hiding with nothing said, no explanation.

      • How about Lex controlling Kara and orchestrating some attacks on delicate public targets to make it seem as though “The Kryptonian” wreaked havoc and has to be taken care of ASAP. Enter Batman. After a quick conversation with Nightwing – maybe to have him guard Gotham during Batman’s absence – he sets out to bring Superman to justice. One user on here (Dazz?) suggested that a Batman relying on his intelligence could turn Clark’s abilities against him to gain the upper hand. Then, after he basically caught him off-guard, Superman manages to corroborate an alibi. Batman investigates and they uncover the truth. Seeing as this is a Snyder flick, obligatory action sequences ensue, Superman somehow gets trough to his cousin and Lex is revealed as the puppet master. I think, Wonder Woman should show up in the post-credits scene. And she should take Kara in – to train her on Themyscira. This could also constitute the main plot for her own movie – sans Superman and Batman, or reduce their appearances to glorified cameos. While training Kara, Diana and the other Amazons could be alerted to a larger threat emanating from either Ares or a misguided Aquaman (yeah, I loved Flashpoint just as much as some other users on here).

  16. I don’t look at Gabot and see WW. She could play Talia or Catwoman or Vicky Vale. I would rather have Wonder Woman be Bats love interest though

    • Why not she could go to the gym too!

      • Except Affleck is already tall and muscular. She’s a twig.

  17. Niceeer

  18. It’s unfortunate that we couldn’t even get two Superman movies before he had to be propped up by guest heroes.

  19. Hopefully its for Talia, because she is not built like how I picture Wonder Woman.

  20. So instead of talent, we are being sold bodies. So many characters. It’s like having a child in a candy shop asking for more. Well, I guess the purpose of this characters is to make the Batfleck shine.

  21. why get a jew to play an arab?

    • Cause if the person looks middle eastern then why not? It’s the portrayal that is important.

    • Olga Kurylenko (a Russian by birth) played a Bolivian character in Quantam Of Solace.

      Marion Cotillard (French) played Talia al Ghul in TDKR.

      Who cares what their religion or nationality is if the casting works?

      • Jack sounds more like a JACKHOLE!!

    • Both peoples are semites, there really ain’t much difference between the two, despite what religious zealots would like the world to believe.

  22. You have to love rumors and speculation. But why can’t she be the barista at Perry White’s favorite coffee shop?

  23. Could be a Mercy Graves character, since she is an amazon.

  24. not familiar with her work but god damm she’s hot

    • Pretty would be more accurate. She has no curves.

  25. Am I alone that when I read “Vicki Vale” I hear Basinger voice repeating “Vicki Vale, Vicki Vale” from that damnedable Prince song?

    Two and a half decades later and the earworm madness persists.

  26. IMO, I dont think shes that good of an actress. She was subpar in the Fast films.

  27. Shes probably gonna play Bruce Wayne’s love interest or Lex Luthor’s right hand woman.

  28. I see her as a Love interest of Bruce Wayne that is all

  29. I’m disappointed, I was really hoping for the casting to point more towards WW and this is exactly the opposite, she could not hold WW’s bra and hopefully they will NOT try to make her WW