Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has created its fair share of controversies as its moved through pre-production and filming, but one of the most interesting points of contention between the fans and the film has been the casting of Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Since her introduction, the character has been drawn as being tall and incredibly muscular, and outraged potential movie-goers were quick to point out that the Israeli actress is only 5'10" (a good deal shorter than both male co-stars, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck) and had a light frame when she signed on. As it turns out, fanboys aren't the only ones upset, however - the sentiment is also shared by a muscly actress would would have preferred the role go to her.
The actress in question here is MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, who is making her big screen debut in The Expendables 3 - which is coming out in theaters this weekend. She is currently doing the press rounds, and while on the "Tommy Toehold Show" she revealed her true feelings about Wonder Woman and Gal Gadot. Asked if there are any big screen roles out there that she wish she had landed, Rousey replied,
"They're making a Wonder Woman right now, aren't they? I should have been Wonder Woman. That girl couldn't curl a two-pound weight. What's so wonderful about that? I don't understand."
What adds a little twist to this story is that both Gadot and Rousey have some shared franchise history. The former spent a number of years as part of the Fast & Furious crew playing Gisele, and while she was written out of the story after Fast & Furious 6, Rousey will now be playing one of the main female characters in Fast & Furious 7. It's probably a good thing that they're not going to be spending any time on a set together any time soon.
To Gadot's credit, she has been working hard to try and achieve the Wonder Woman physique that comic book fans want to see. As seen on her Facebook account, she's been working out hard for months:
And it's pretty hard to deny that she looks badass in the Wonder Woman costume.
We expect Gal Gadot-related Wonder Woman debates to pop up regularly between now and Batman vs. Superman's release in March 2016, and really the only thing that will settle things is actually watching the movie and seeing how she performs.