As Justice League star Gal Gadot prepares to make her hosting debut on Saturday Night Live this weekend, the venerable comedy show has released a new banner image poking fun at the eponymous DC superhero team.
Gadot is set to reprise her role as Diana of Themyscira in Justice League, joining forces with the likes of Batman, Aquaman, The Flash, and Cyborg to take on the villainous Steppenwolf, an alien who's determined to conquer Earth in the wake of Superman's death. While she originated the role with a small part in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Gadot broke through in this summer's smash hit Wonder Woman, breaking box office records and even garnering some early awards season buzz. She's become the face of the DC film franchise, and hosting SNL is yet another step on her way to A-list movie stardom.
SNL is taking advantage of their host's current cultural cachet. The show has tweeted out a banner showcasing Gadot's Wonder Woman and a decidedly different Justice League lineup. Check it out below:
— Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 5, 2017
The image, which is pulled from Justice League's currently ubiquitous marketing campaign, has photoshopped some of SNL's distinguished cast into the Justice League; including Kenan Thompson as Cyborg, Kyle Mooney as Aquaman, Pete Davidson as Batman, and recent Emmy winner Kate McKinnon as the Flash.
Gadot will be one of many big screen superheroes who've hosted SNL in recent times, what with Chris Hemsworth, Chris Pratt, and Gadot's Wonder Woman co-star Chris Pine having all given memorable performances on the sketch show now. The show can be something of a treacherous endeavor for stars who haven't really demonstrated their comedic chops onscreen; serious actors like Daniel Craig and Colin Ferrell have endured decidedly underwhelming hosting turns. Occasionally, the opposite happens, when a celebrity not known for their joke telling abilities (like Jon Hamm or Peyton Manning) ends up being an all-time great host. Hopefully, Gadot lands in the latter category.
Either way, this is likely a net positive on the Justice League promotional tour. Gadot still has plenty of goodwill left over from Wonder Woman's success and is the ideal cast member to be at the forefront of its promotional campaign. SNL's 43rd season is already off to a solid start, following its premiere last week - which featured Blade Runner 2049 star Ryan Gosling as host and Alec Baldwin returning once again to portray Donald Trump. We'll see if Gadot can keep the show's good fortunes going this week.
Gal Gadot hosts Saturday Night Live this week on October 7th.
Source: SNL Twitter