Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot played herself in The Simpsons season 30 premiere "Bart's Not Dead," auditioning for the role of Lisa Simpson in a Christian movie about Bart's brush with death. Emily Deschanel (Bones) also guest-starred in the episode as herself, auditioning for the role of Marge Simpson.
We first learned that Gadot was booked for a Simpsons guest role back in February, when Gadot excitedly announced that she would be voicing herself in a show that she had grown up watching. "Bart's Not Dead" kicked off The Simpsons season 30 on Sunday night with a story about Bart jumping off a dam on a dare and landing on a ledge instead of in the water. To escape a scolding, Bart claims that he had a near-death experience where he saw Heaven and Jesus (who, according to Bart, thinks that Reverend Lovejoy's sermons are too long). Upon hearing of this miracle, a group of Christian producers offer to bankroll a movie about Bart's experience - which means casting famous actors as members of the Simpsons family.
Flanders naturally gets involved in making the movie, and tells Gadot "You've got the part!" as soon as she introduces herself. However, Homer struggles to remember movies that she's been in, and upon being told that she plays Wonder Woman retorts, "As soon as I see the DC logo I immediately fall asleep" (ouch). Gadot disappoints Homer yet again when she refuses to let him use the Lasso of Truth to kidnap Gene Hackman and force him to play Homer in the movie. Later, Gadot annoys Lisa with her inaccurate portrayal, which includes offering the whole family hamburgers.
Before the episode aired, Gadot took to social media to share a picture of herself in her "Lisa" costume for the movie:
This family was a huge part of my childhood. And now it's so cool that I get to be apart of the Simpsons' Season 30 premiere episode 😱🙆♀️ Airing tonight!.... pic.twitter.com/3XwmHLhiAy— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) September 30, 2018
Gadot is currently filming Wonder Woman 1984 on location in Tenerife, which will mark her fourth time in the role since her debut in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. As the title suggests, the sequel will see a big jump forward in time from the World War I setting of the first movie. Despite this time jump, Chris Pine will reprise his role as Wonder Woman's love interest, Steve Trevor. The movie will also star Kristen Wiig as Wonder Woman's nemesis, Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal is reportedly playing sly businessman Maxwell Lord.
Following the runaway success of Wonder Woman, anticipation for Wonder Woman 1984 is understandably high. Of course, the real test of the sequel's quality will be whether or not it manages to keep Homer awake beyond the opening logo.
The Simpsons airs Sundays at 8/7c on FOX.