When actors and actresses make deals to star in comic book movies these days, they never only sign one picture deals. Hollywood has discovered that superheroes make absolutely fantastic franchise fodder, and in order to create series continuity studios lock performers up in multi-picture deals. We are no longer asking "when" our favorite actors will play our favorite heroes, but instead "how many times?" The new question came up most recently when it was announced last month that Fast & Furious' Gal Gadot had signed on to play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, and now we have an answer.
Just as she did late last year, Gadot recently did an interview with the Israeli entertainment show Good Evening with Gai Pines, and according to Batman-News in their report the show revealed that the actress has signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. and DC Comics that will see her playing Princess Diana of Themyscira for many years to come. The story adds that she will be making $300,000 for her appearance in the Man of Steel sequel (which still doesn't have an official title) and that production will start up this May (fitting with WB's announced plans last week when the project's release date was bumped to 2016). You can watch the video report below, but you may not understand it unless you
Before you start getting to excited about the prospect of a Wonder Woman solo movie, know that this news isn't necessarily a guarantee of that. It's pretty clear that Warner Bros. and DC Comics have some very real plans of a Justice League movie - which makes for two guaranteed Wonder Woman appearances for Gadot including Batman vs. Superman - but any plans beyond that are unknown. Remember: Mark Ruffalo has a six-picture deal with Marvel Studios, but we have yet to hear any concrete details about another Hulk movie. It's possible that the studios are keeping the idea of a third movie out there so that they will be ready for anything if plans change over the next few crucial years.
In addition to Gadot, the upcoming Batman vs. Superman will star Henry Cavill as the Man of Tomorrow, Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White. Snyder and Man of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer developed the story for the sequel and took care of early drafts, but now Oscar winning Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio is holding the pen. The film won't be a part of the mega franchise year that is 2015 alongside The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Jurassic World, the Terminator reboot and Star Wars: Episode VII, but will now be hitting theaters on May 6, 2016. Are you excited yet?
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