Gal Gadot was completely blindsided when she learned she would be playing Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Gadot recently spoke with Entertainment Weekly about finding out that she was going to play the iconic superhero. The Israeli-born actress apparently auditioned at the casting session without knowing it would be for Wonder Woman.
"I knew [the role] was big and it was for one of the franchises," she said. Gadot would read a scene from the 1994 film Pulp Fiction before Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder filled her in: "He said, 'Well, I don't know how big she is in Israel...' and my jaw just dropped. There are so many expectations for this character, it's impossible not to be a little nervous about it."
Snyder also spoke with Entertainment Weekly and revealed the importance of Gadot's Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman.
"She plays a super-important part," Snyder said. "In a lot of ways, she's the gateway drug to the rest of the Justice League."
DC has big plans to create a cinematic universe that will ideally match Marvel's. Wonder Woman will have her own movie in 2017 while others like Aquaman and Cyborg will also get their own. There are also two Justice League movies being planned.
Gadot trained for six months to play Wonder Woman, who is known for her Amazonian fitness. The actress had a great time learning about swordplay.
"I love doing the swordplay stuff," she admitted. "It's another skill to add to my collection." But as far as Wonder Woman's iconic lasso, she admitted, "I'm still working on that."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release in theaters on March 25, 2016.