Many young fans of Wonder Woman may have had dreams similar to Gal Gadot, to grow up and one day have a chance to star in a movie as Wonder Woman. But I'm not sure many of those people would want to be in Gal Gadot's shoes as she prepares to unveil her version of Wonder Woman as the first one to ever grace a movie screen.
Gal Gadot Can Take the Criticism
In many ways being cast as Wonder Woman can be a no-win situation while you are waiting for people to actually see your performance and not just judging you from a poster. Not only does she face endless criticism from people publicly sharing their opinion that she isn't appropriately busty or bulky enough to take on the role, she also has to deal with people asking her if she has an eating disorder. I doubt Gal Gadot got these questions when she was taking care of business in Fast & Furious.
So it is good to read that Gal Gadot is taking all these Wonder Woman criticisms in stride. Calling it all what it is, "empty talk", and not letting the avalanche of dispiriting comments get her down. If anything, this strength in the face of unnecessary commentary is further proof that she is the right woman for the job.
Carrying the Wonder Woman Torch
There have been some disappointed fans about Wonder Woman's traditional origins being changed in her movie incarnation to synch with the new canon that says Diana is the daughter of Greek God Zeus and Amazonian Hippolyta and how it inherently makes her character less of a feminist icon. But Gal Gadot certainly has her heart in the right place when it comes to understanding Wonder Woman's appeal.
In a recent interview with the Israeli press, Gal Gadot was asked about the one in a lifetime opportunity to play Wonder Woman and her response certainly tapped into the spirit of Wonder Woman and the importance of the character and her legacy among fans.
"They always asked me ‘what’s your dream role?’, and I never could define it. I always answered that I wanted to play a women that is strong and will be a source for women empowerment. I don’t want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don’t like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a message I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations.”
I never quite understood the criticisms against Gal Gadot's casting as there isn't anything about the character that says she has to look or be built like she was a Wonderful Woman of Wrestling or something similar. If anything, making Diana someone who you might not expect to be Wonder Woman by only looking at her makes the character that much more empowering.
An Exceptional Wonder Woman
Perhaps most interesting to fans looking forward to seeing how this Wonder Woman will take to action in [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is a simple question at the end of this interview when she's asked about what powers in particular Wonder Woman will have in the movies.
Gal Gadot doesn't get into too many specifics but she responds by saying, "She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles. She is a strong and serious woman.”
What do you think? Does Gal Gadot's responses make you more eager to see her [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) alongside Batman and Superman?