According to Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins, when Gal Gadot was cast as the character in December 2013 for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, her "heart sank" as she wanted to direct the film, and would have cast someone else.
"I wouldn’t have done the project if I had even the slightest problem with it. That’s how important casting is," Jenkins told Playboy. "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."
However, in 2015 when Jenkins took over directing the film from Michelle McLaren, who left the project shortly before filming, she quickly warmed to Gadot, whom she describes as "sharing every quality with Wonder Woman."
"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."
Despite the strength of their partnership, Jenkins is not yet signed to direct a potential Wonder Woman sequel. There's good news, though - Jenkins says she's definitely interested in directing Wonder Woman 2, should it be greenlit.
"We're working on it," Jenkins explained in an appearance on TBS's Conan. “I hope to, I love it, I love the world, and we’re all really excited about it.”
Wonder Woman is currently in theaters. The character will next appear in Justice League, due out in theaters November 17.