After Patty Jenkins had already been in talks to direct Wonder Woman for some time, Zack Snyder was casting for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - where Wonder Woman made her debut. Snyder and the studio went ahead and cast the character without any input from Jenkins.
While speaking with Playboy about her hit film, Jenkins revealed that she wasn't all too happy when the decision was made without her, but it ended up being a match made in Themyscira.
"I wouldn't have done the project if I had even the slightest problem with it. That's how important casting is. I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank. I had been talking to the studio for so long about doing it and I was like well 'that's that.' I'm sure we wouldn't have made the same choice. And then I started paying attention to her, and watching her and looking at her and it was just unbelievable.
"Frankly, I think they did a better job than I could have because I don't know that I would have scoured the earth as hard to find her. I don't know that I would've looked internationally. I would have just looked for an American girl. The fact that they found Gal and chose her is a magical gift to me. They're incredibly intelligent people and they were looking for all the same things I would have looked for—all the values that Wonder Woman stands for exuding from someone in an honest way, and boy did they find it. She's the greatest."
There's no one around, including Patty Jenkins, who wishes things turned out differently. Gal Gadot is the world's new hero, and we're all better off for it.
Wonder Woman is in theaters now, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without a release dates.