Despite Batman v Superman, Justice League and her own solo film outing not being anywhere near released, cinema's second Wonder Woman (the first being in The LEGO Movie, albeit animated) Gal Gadot has already gotten a fair share of flack after nabbing the role. But not because of her talent, or costume. No, because of her physique.
Her casting as the all-powerful Amazonian demigod should've been universally lauded for the fact that, at least, one cinematic universe has an interest in bringing female superheroes to the forefront (good work, DC), and not having them as mere sidekicks or plot devices to spur male superheroes into action.
Instead, Gadot has been subjected to ludicrous comments regarding her measurements:
They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small [Laughs]… After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny – they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick...
But the Tel Aviv based, multi-talented actress is, unfortunately, no stranger to having her body picked apart by the eyes of the media and peers. At the tender age of 19, she was crowned Miss Israel, and with that title comes the birth of a much thicker skin:
...I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire.
When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amuses me. The true amazons had one boob so it wouldn’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t.
But with her beauty comes the work rate of a bonafide hero. Gadot served 2 years during a mandatory stint in Israel's Defence Force (IDF), and she says the experienced more than readied her for the public eye:
The army wasn’t that difficult for me. The military gave me good training for Hollywood.
The former soldier and model is also a mother to a three-year-old girl named Alma, so not only does she have to put up with unwarranted comments regarding her size, she has the added joys and pressures of being a working mom:
Nowadays being a women is hard, because we have to be the best wife, best mother, best worker, best everything.
But I truly believe we are more empowered… we're also stronger, sophisticated and can achieve what we want.
That's what I would like my daughter to know.
Now, doesn't that sound like Wonder Woman? Possibly the greatest, most emblematic comic book role model for girls and women there has ever been.
Seeing as comic books are a hyper-realistic envisioning of the world around us, and detail the quotidian of fictionalized characters that are drawn for entertainment, and the fact that Wonder Woman has been drawn with varying measurements by various artists over the decades she's been at the apex of iconic female characters, surely the fuss should be reserved for Gadot's performance, not her bust size.
If they were to think "well, I'm a bit worried about the performance, seeing as Gadot hasn't had a vast amount of screen time", that'd be perfectly valid. Because let's not forget Henry Cavill starred in Hellraiser 8: Hellworld...
It's a comic book movie where the idea of suspension of disbelief is rife. If a man can turn into a "giant green rage monster," Wonder Woman can look however the heck she wants.