I don’t know how well Gal Gadot will capture Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel sequel, and we won’t know for sure until the movie comes out in a year a half, but I’m definitely starting to like Gal Gadot herself. Her backstory is all sorts of interesting; she’s a former Israeli soldier, a model, an actor, and a mom, which is a fun and unique combination. And now she’s talked about playing Wonder Woman for the first time, and had some great responses for her critics.
Gadot was on Good Evening with Gai Pines, a popular TV show in Israel, and while the interview was conducted in Hebrew it’s been translated at Batman News. Here are her comments for those who say she doesn’t have the right body for Wonder Woman:
It’s been said that you’re too skinny for the part. Wonder Woman is large-breasted, is that going to change?
Hmm. I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go “by the book”…it’d be problematic.
So you’re not going to gain a little weight and start eating carbs before filming begins?
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.
She knows her Amazon mythology, which is cool. That, or she’s read Y: The Last Man. Either way, it’s a fantastic reply to those who are saying she has to look a certain way to play Wonder Woman. There have been lots of different interpretations of what the Amazons looked like, and of Wonder Woman herself, and Gal Gadot’s body is the last thing anyone should be concerned about. Wonder Woman should definitely be able to fight, though, and it sounds like Gadot is about to learn an impressive assortment of fighting styles. Zack Snyder, for all his many faults, is great at getting his actors ready for his always intense and numerous action scenes, and given Gadot’s military background I’m sure she’ll take to it all really well.
There’s still lots to be nervous about with this big screen Wonder Woman, the terribleness of Man of Steel being first on that list, but Gal Gadot herself seems pretty cool. I’m excited to hear more from her as the film preparation continues.