Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman.

Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman. Photo: Getty Images

The biggest cinematic double act in decades just turned into a threesome: the comic book super-heroine Wonder Woman is joining the highly-anticipated Warner Bros feature film Batman vs Superman.

The film, which is due to be released in 2015, will pit Ben Affleck's Batman against Henry Cavill's Superman for the first time on the big screen.

Warner Bros has today confirmed Wonder Woman will join them.

The studio has announced that Israeli beauty queen Gal Gadot will play the role of Wonder Woman in the film.

Gadot was crowned Miss Israel in 2004 and represented Israel at the Miss Universe contest the same year. Since embarking on a career as an actress, her work has included roles in the films Fast & Furious and Date Night.

"Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favourite in the DC Universe," the film's director Zack Snyder said in a statement.

"Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role," he said.

"We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character."

Snyder is directing the film from a script by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer.

The announcement is significant, as it ends what was seen by many comic book fans as a failure to successfully bring the Wonder Woman character back to the live-action screen.

The win is tempered by the fact that she is reduced to second-tier billing, and her name does not join DC Comics' other two icons, Batman and Superman, in the film's title.

Several projects have been proposed in the last decade, for film and television, featuring Wonder Woman, but one of the hurdles to casting the role has been the enduring popularity of the 1970s TV Wonder Woman, actress Lynda Carter.

Carter played the character between 1975 and 1979, delivering a definitive performance which remains much-loved by fans of the franchise.

Carter played Wonder Woman in two eras, first in the 1940s-era World War II setting from the comic books, and later, when the TV series was revised, in a 1970s-era "modern" setting.

The character of Wonder Woman - better known as Diana, the daughter of Amazon queen Hippolyte, who was sent into "Man's World" from Paradise Island to fight for justice - was first created by American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston.

She made her debut in All Star Comics #8, which was published in December 1941.

Among her notable accessories: bracelets which could deflect bullets, a girdle which allowed her to retain her Amazon strength away from Paradise Island and a "golden lariat" which compelled those bound by it to tell the truth.

Unlike Superman, she could not fly - though at times in the comic book she wore boots with small wings, and seemed to take flight. At other times she flew in an invisible plane.

The character used the alias Diana Prince, a switch of her real name, Princess Diana, and was at various times an army nurse, and a yeoman in the US War Department.

In the current iteration of the comic book franchise, published by Warner Bros-owned DC Comics, she does not have a "secret identity", one of the historic leitmotifs of comic book superheroes. (Superman's was Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent; Batman's was millionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne.)

An animated series, The Superfriends, which had several different titles between 1973 and 1986, featured an animated Wonder Woman, voiced by actress Shannon Farnon. An animated film was released in 2009 with actress Keri Russell providing the voice.

Ally McBeal producer David E. Kelley attempted to bring a TV series to the US network NBC in 2011, featuring Adrianne Palicki in the lead role, but the pilot was not picked up.

Another project, titled Amazon, was in development in 2012 but did not even reach the pilot stage.

For a time Warner Bros was planning a Justice League film, which would feature Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and other heroes in the DC Comics stable, but the script, from screenwriter Joss Whedon, never got out of development.

Australian model Megan Gale was offered the role of Wonder Woman in the film, but it never made it into production.

Batman vs Super-man will be released by Warner Bros on July 17, 2015.