When Israeli actress Gal Gadot was cast as Wonder Woman, she was met with a lot of negativity. Comments ranged from her being too skinny to not being talented enough for the iconic role. To date, Gadot is best known for her role as Gisele in three of the Fast and Furious films. Since the casting of Gal Gadot, three photos have officially been released and a SDCC & theatrical cut trailer have been released, all revealing her as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. In largely the same way that backlash has quieted down on Ben Affleck playing the Batman, many have started to come around to the fact that Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. Going forward with the DC Comics based films, we already know she will appear in the March 2016 film Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part One & Justice League Part Two.
Featured in the upcoming issue of Interview magazine, the 30-year-old, mother of a three year old daughter, has opened up a little more in regards to the iconic role many coveted and countless fans casted in their own minds.
Gadot on getting to portray Wonder Woman:
Oh, my God, I’m so excited about this role. I feel like I’ve been given a huge opportunity to inspire people, not only women. And not because of me but because of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for. There’s a lot of responsibility. But I have the best team and the best people to work with. It’s going to be an amazing ride, knock on wood.
Gadot on the responsibility of portraying Wonder Woman:
No matter what you do, you can never please them all. People will always have something to say because that’s the way people are. And it’s okay. But for me, it’s my job. It’s my career. It’s my art. Whatever I do, I take it very seriously and I do my research and I give it my best. I just want to be able to shine and inspire people. And it’s not just about me. It’s the script and the story and the acting. I hope people are going to love it.
It’s evident that Gal Gadot is taking the role of Wonder Woman as a serious and meaningful project. It’s important for fans to realize this and recognize that for Gadot, as Wonder Woman, it’s not just playing a comic book character with a 75+ year history; it’s becoming an ambassador and face of something far greater that goes beyond all of us. I, as a fan of Wonder Woman, have reserved judgement on the actress. I think she’ll be great and it’s exciting to see her brought to the screen after many failed projects. To think that we’ve had over five actors portraying Superman, but only one actress to ever be seen as Wonder Woman is amazing. March 2016 will certainly be as groundbreaking, if not more so than 2011’s Avengers, as it not only features the cinematic debut of Batman and Superman sharing the screen, but also the debut of the Amazon Princess!
Wonder Woman already has Patty Jenkins (Monster) set to direct with a projected 2017 release date. Wonder Woman is the first solo female led superhero film since 2005’s Elektra.