Gal Gadot, as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, in the action adventure film "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice."
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The film concludes with Evangeline Lilly's character, Hope Van Dyne, being bestowed with her late mother's prototype superhero suit and alter-ego.Over the past seven years of interconnected Marvel superhero movies, female characters who are not code-named Black Widow have mostly been relegated to the sidelines as love interests, sidekicks, damsels in distress or all of the above, making Hope's parting words resonate beyond the screen for viewers who've long been dissatisfied with the lack of female superheroes in movies, despite their decadeslong histories in comics.Despite the recent boost of women in Marvel's superhero movie lineup and among theatergoers, the Disney-owned studio isn't planning to release a film centered on a singular female superhero until 2018's "Captain Marvel".
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