I think by now everyone in the western hemisphere has heard of Gal Gadot; the Israeli former beauty queen/dancer/Israel Defense Force fight-instructor/ex-law student/hotel owner/mother (phew!) who is about to bring the DC Cinematic Universe to its knees.
So, Gadot Is Kind Of A Bad-Ass
When it was first announced that Gadot would be taking up the mantle of the long awaited DCU Wonder Woman (Diana Prince/Princess Diana of Themyscira) who will make her feature film debut in next year's hotly anticipated [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), her casting was met with much ire from some Wonder Woman/DC fans because she was believed to be 'too skinny' and too 'flat-chested' to portray the curvy amazonian.
It's not the first time Gadot has been criticised for her small frame, as she reveals in an interview with Canada's Fashion Magazine where she responds to the haters:
Gadot: "After they asked me here, in Israel, if I have eating disorders and why I am so skinny—that my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick—I can take anything. It's just empty talk."
It's kind of hilarious that people are comparing Gadot's body to that of the comic-book Wonder Woman, because we all know how anatomically correct female superheroes are drawn. Same goes for male heroes actually; whilst Chris Evans certainly bulked up a lot for his role as Captain America I think we're all thankful that he didn't go this far.
Besides, Wonder Woman's figure changes depending on who's drawing her and what pose she's in; she's been big and curvy and she's been skinny and flat-chested, and the New 52 Wonder Woman (above) is hardly what you'd call a tank with that impossible waist. Worse are those comparing her to Lynda Carter, who was absolutely tiny, and (unlike Carter) Carter Gadot actually has a ton of military training and stunt experience under her belt:
Gadot: "To become a fight-training instructor in the Israeli Defense Forces, I did a four-month boot camp where I had to go for seven-mile runs every morning at 6:30AM. It was a good prep for acting, because movies require a lot of discipline and responsibility."
Her most famous role thus far has probably been the badass Gisele Yashar in the Fast & Furious franchise, which is where she got her stunt experience, "jumping from a moving motorcycle onto a Jeep." Move over Ben Affleck.
She's Got The Wonder Woman Mindset Down
Gadot: "I prefer to portray the stronger, more independent, inspiring woman than the heartbroken, sad one. Because in real life, women do it all.
Nowadays being a woman 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."
Wonder Woman was first created by American psychologist, writer and feminist William Moulton Marston. Influenced by traits of the two strong women in his life, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and their lover Olive Byrne, he fully intended for Wonder Woman to become the feminist icon of justice, love, peace, and gender equality that she became.
Marston: "Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world. Not even girls want to be girls so long as our feminine archetype lacks force, strength and power. Not wanting to be girls, they don’t want to be tender, submissive, peace-loving as 'good' women are."
As if Gadot's physicality isn't enough, she's proven multiple times in her interviews that she's got the right mindset to bring Marston's Wonder Woman to life. Always playing the strong female, from Fast & Furious's ex-Mossad agent Gisele to arm's dealer henchman Naomi in Knight and Day, and from the sounds of it playing Wonder Woman is a dream come true for Gadot:
Gadot: "[Wonder Woman] is the ultimate symbol of strength. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd grow up to be in a movie playing someone who influenced as many women as she has."
Finally, when an Israeli news station made a comment on the size of her breasts not being comparable to Wonder Woman's curves, her response was brilliant:
Gadot: "It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now, a very serious training regimen – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian… 1,000 and 1 things. I’ll gain body mass. Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I really go 'by the book' it’d be problematic."
Though there may not be actual truth to the myth that Amazonian women cut off their breast (or breasts), clearly Gal Gadot doesn't care one bit what you think she should look like, and that sounds a lot like Diana Prince to me.
Directed by Zack Synder and starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot & Jesse Eisenberg, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to release March 25th 2016 in the USA.