Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman: Comics world reacts on Twitter

Dec. 05, 2013 | 12:25 p.m.

Actress and model Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel.

Gal Gadot, left, and Sung Kang in 2011's "Fast Five." (Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Studios)

Paul Walker, left, Tyrese Gibson, Don Omar, Sung Kang, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five." (Universal Studios)

Sung Kang, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Gal Gadot, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson in "Fast & Furious 6." (Universal Pictures)

Yesterday’s casting announcement that Israeli model and actress Gal Gadot will portray Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel drew a mixed reaction from the comics world.

Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel. She also spent two years in the Israeli army.

Gadot joins the previously announced cast of Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie, acting opposite Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman — a casting decision that also drew considerable ire from DC Universe fans.

Snyder praised Gadot as an “amazing” actress who possesses “that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role.”

But some in the world of comics, including “The Adventures of Superhero Girl” author Faith Erin Hicks, weren’t so sure, criticizing Warner Bros. for making Wonder Woman play third fiddle to Bats and Supes instead of getting a solo big-screen debut.

Others, like comic blogger Sue from DC Women Kicking Ass, were more concerned about Gadot’s relatively short list of acting credits.

A common complaint on the Twittersphere involved Gadot’s looks, with many complaining that Gadot’s waifish build made her an unsuitable candidate to play the iconic Amazon warrior.

But others, including “Superior Spider-Man” writer Dan Slott and former “Wonder Woman” writer Gail Simone rejected the notion that Gadot’s looks had any impact on her ability to play the Amazon.

Simone went on to express cautious optimism about the casting, and about Wonder Woman’s long-awaited turn on the big screen.

Some, including cartoonist and illustrator Noelle Stevenson, rebuked the Gal Gadot naysayers, calling for optimism and support.

And from some corners of the comic book world, the casting news was met with little more than a shrug.

– Noelene Clark | @NoeleneClark | Google+

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