Just as the Internet nearly imploded when Ben Affleck was announced as the next Batman, the casting of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince a.k.a. Wonder Woman divided fans of the DC hero, who is finally set to make her long-awaited feature film debut in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Recent glimpses support reports that Gadot will have an integral role in the onscreen action, including an epic fight scene that is still largely shrouded in mystery.
As the film's release grows ever closer, anticipation continues to build for Gadot's turn as Wonder Woman. Now, a new interview with the actress reveals that she almost had another key -- though admittedly short-lived -- role in the DC Extended Universe.
Speaking with Israeli website Xnet (via Batman News), Gadot shared the fact that she was nearly cast as a villain in the 2013 launchpad for the DCEU, Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Here's what the actress had to say:
"When I was a month pregnant with (my daughter) Alma, I got an offer to be the evil Superman character. If I wasn’t pregnant I’d take the job, and there’s no way they would take me now to be Wonder Woman."
Judging by the final product moviegoers saw, it's easy to assume that Gadot was up for the role of General Zod's (Michael Shannon) right-hand woman, Faora-Ul. After all, given Gadot's physicality and athletic background, she likely could have held her own in that film's fight scenes. However, this would have precluded her from being considered for Wonder Woman in the first place, let alone landing the role.
Undoubtedly, this news will set off fan speculation over whether Gadot would have been a better fit for Faora or even if Man of Steel actress Antje Traue might have worked as Wonder Woman, had their roles been reversed. As it stands, we'll never know how such a situation would have worked out, but it's still fun to imagine the DCEU that could have been, as we wait for March 2016 to roll around and for Gadot to don that famous armor onscreen for the very first time.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5, 2016; Wonder Woman on June 23, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 23, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; Green Lantern Corps on June 19, 2020. Untitled Batman and Superman solo films will be coming at dates TBD.