Becoming a superhero takes time and a whole lot of hard work. Actors not only have to go through an excruciating exercise program, they also have to be incredibly careful with their nutrition and even rest hours. It's a long and intricate process to get to show off those muscles on screen, and the DCEU is particularly known for its strict workout regiments.
The most recent actress to have gone through that arduous process is #GalGadot for Wonder Woman.
Recently, Gadot appeared on Conan to give us a glimpse into her excruciating journey. While the main purpose of her appearance was to make the audience laugh, the segment showed us what she had to go through in order to get in top shape. Now, however, we have a much better idea of just how epic her fitness journey was.
Getting Ready For 'Wonder Woman' Was Tougher Than Army Training
Gadot went on Live with Kelly & Ryan to promote the #PattyJenkins-directed #WonderWoman. There, she was asked about her training regime. She explained it consisted of six hours a day, including gym time, fight choreography and horseback riding:
"I was training for six months prior to the shoots, and six hours a day. I did two hours [of] gym work, two hours [of] fight choreography and one and a half hours – two hours horseback riding, which is super hard! When people used to tell me, 'Yeah, I do sport, I ride horses,' I was like, 'That’s not sport, the horse does everything.' But no! You’ll be surprised, it’s so painful."
Prior to becoming an actress, Gadot was part of the Israeli army. Given that, she was asked whether her time in the army helped her get ready for the strenuous Wonder Woman training. Unfortunately, not so much. The actress revealed her physical preparation for the film was much tougher than the army:
"It was a lot more intensive on this one. Oh, by far."
Yikes. Of course, Gadot isn't the first actor to show just how much intense preparation someone needs to go through before joining the DCEU. In light of her comments, I wanted to show you some of her #DCEU co-stars and what they've gone through in preparation:
Becoming #Superman requires going above and beyond what's normally expected of action stars. In order to embody the Man of Steel, #HenryCavill has been on an workout program so extreme that it would give Goku a hard time for the past five years. Of his intense exercises, the actor once stated he would sometimes leave the gym feeling a little sick, but just enough that he was able to come back the next day for more.
Jason Momoa is the King of Atlantis, Aquaman, and he definitely shows it with his head-spinning workouts. During an interview with Men's Health last year, the actor gave us a little insight into what it took to become a superhero:
“You put on a lot of weight very quickly – and you also burn a lot of fat. Pick a heavy weight and it will get you shredded and build a lot of muscle.”
Ben Affleck portrays Bruce Wayne, a man who trained himself until he got to peak strength, being stronger, faster and more agile than the average Olympic Gold medalist. While Affleck's Bat-workout process for has not been as documented as his co-stars, his impressive results were on full display during #BatmanVSupermanDawnOfJustice.
Amber Heard is playing Mera, one of the toughest characters in the DC Universe, and so her training is just as intense as other #JusticeLeague members. Given the character's martial arts background, however, her training style focuses more on elegant fighting rather than a sheer show of strength.
Fortunately we have actors that are up to the task of bringing us these amazing larger-than-life characters. If you care to see Diana Prince showing off her strength in her first solo outing, Wonder Woman hits theaters on Jun 2, 2017.
Would you ever be willing to embark on a DCEU workout program? Let me know in the comments!