Everyone is waiting for Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman included. But she isn’t going to be the dependent in Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman is there to kick butt and show how tough she is, but not at the sacrifice of what makes her emotional, feminine, and relatable to both men and women.
It makes sense if you consider Wonder Woman is from an Amazon tribe of women of Greek mythology. She has a divine background, but she wants to go beyond her world and enter among humans. A goddess like Wonder Woman wouldn’t depend on a lowly human creature like Batman or an alien life form like Superman. It would make sense for her to dominate the frame. She is rumored to make a huge impact in Batman v Superman.
As a new Glamour interview reveals, when director Zack Snyder knew he had found the perfect fit for the role, he wasn’t sure if Gal Gadot knew anything about the comic book character.
“Zack [Snyder, the director] called before I met with Ben Affleck. He said, ‘I don’t know if you have this in Tel Aviv, but…have you ever heard of Wonder Woman?’ My jaw dropped. I tried to sound nonchalant, like, ‘Oh yeah, Wonder Woman, sure.'”
Next thing she knew, she was suiting up for her role in Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman had finally gotten a movie screen incarnation, and Gadot would become the face of female superhero stardom.
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As E! Online reports, Gal Gadot wants to bring a lot of her life experiences to this role. She was a combat instructor in the Israeli army. The experience was amazingly strenuous but plays off nicely for such a role where she needs every bit of it. As seen from early footage from the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, she will have incredible slow motion combat scenes where she makes quick work of those who stand in her way.
But she will also have a feminine, emotional side. She won’t be a tomboy. If they wanted to put a bully on screen, they wouldn’t have cast Gal Gadot, Miss Israel 2004. She’s there to give people a new kind of female superhero in Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman is there to show people women can still be women and embrace womanhood alongside the boys.
Gadot also told Glamour what lies at the heart of her portrayal. She revealed the superpower most essential to depict through Wonder Woman.
“She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving.”
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She further added in the Glamour interview how important this is for a female superhero.
“And it’s all her heart—that’s her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do. I think it’s a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let’s own who we are and use it as a strength.”
As for the real Amazons, they are an amazing historical enigma. It’s unclear how or if they actually existed as the legends have told, but National Geographic revealed possible proof of their existence from artifacts and also revealed their importance to Greek mythology.
“The real Amazons were long believed to be purely imaginary. They were the mythical warrior women who were the archenemies of the ancient Greeks. Every Greek hero or champion, from Hercules to Theseus and Achilles, had to prove his mettle by fighting a powerful warrior queen.”
So besides the World War II setting, the Wonder Woman solo movie will delve further to explore the mythical Amazon women. But before that, she’ll impress the kings of the superhero world in Batman v Superman. Wonder Woman will then finally get her place among the most revered superheroes in cinema.
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