Gal Gadot has made no secret that she takes great pride in bringing Wonder Woman to the big screen, just as she expresses the need for a female superhero for younger generations of girls to look up to, so it might have been expected that Gadot would bond with Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins. As Warner Bros. releases new set photos for the Wonder Woman stand alone film, shared below, Gal opens up about working with Jenkins and becoming the star of her own feature film.
Wonder Woman Photos Give Fans A New Look At Diana Prince's Alter Ego
There has been a very long wait for a Wonder Woman feature film, and even at a time when superhero films have been flourishing, this upcoming Gal Gadot-driven Wonder Woman film has been mired with fears and apprehension. As Collider reports, studios have always been wary of casting a female in the lead role of any action picture, but Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins feels as though there's even more to it.
"I think part of the reason Wonder Woman hasn't happened [until now] is because the right way to do it is as a classic origin story," says the Wonder Woman director. "People were afraid to do it with a woman, and now they are less so."
This is just the direction Jenkins has taken the film, telling the story of Diana Prince's past as an Amazonian warrior who leaves her home, after Chris Pine's Steve Trevor crash lands on her island and shares the story surrounding the events that led to World War I. As Wonder Woman, Gadot's character answers a calling of her own and leaves her people to try to help all of mankind.
The story is ambitious, even on scale with other DC Comic film adaptations, like Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in which Gal first appeared as Wonder Woman. Warner Bros. joins Patty Jenkins and Gal Gadot in their hope that Wonder Woman will lasso in audiences at the box office for a return on their investment, but also because a hit would open up the door for more female-driven action adventure films.
Gal Gadot On Wonder Woman And Working With Patty Jenkins
In talking about getting the part of Wonder Woman for Batman v. Superman, Ms. Gadot describes a flurry of emotion to Entertainment Weekly. She says trying on the Wonder Woman costume for the first time was almost over the top, because she still felt as though it was all still a dream. As time passed and Gal went to work in transitioning into the Wonder Woman role, she began to bond with the character, and the superhero alter ego soon became a part of her.
"I love her. I do," says Gadot. "I feel like Diana is really accessible. It's very easy to relate to her. She has the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she's curious, she's compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess. She's all for good, she fights for good, she believes in great."
It isn't just the way Wonder Woman strives to do good and help people that attracts Gal to the character, but it's also her innocence. The Wonder Woman actress says her character still possesses that naiveté that most of us have long ago forsaken. Knowledge never comes without a price and Gal recognizes that cost in her superhero's altruistic nature.
"I want to be her. And in Wonder Woman, she has this naiveté in her. It isn't stupid, it's magical. I would want to be naïve like that again."
Speaking of new and different perspectives, Gal remarks that Wonder Woman has given her the chance to work with a female director, which was an entirely new experience for her. She says she's only worked with men previously, and while many of them have held much respect for women in the filmmaking industry, Ms. Gadot says working with a woman is an entirely different experience.
In fact, Gal reveals that she bonded with Patty on a deep level, so much so that the two women can communicate without a word spoken between them.
"With Patty, it's a thing now, we communicate with our eyes. She doesn't need to say a thing. If I'm hurt, she feels the pain. It's a whole different connection that I have with her," says the Wonder Woman star. "She's also brilliant, she's bright, she's fierce, she's sharp. She knows exactly what she wants Wonder Woman to be."
Gadot and Jenkins bonded early, coming together in the early stages of the Wonder Woman talks to see how they each felt about the story to be told in the film. Gal says that she and Patty agreed from the very beginning that, while she's certainly heroic and brave, Wonder Woman should also be human and emotional. Where Batman is stoic and logical, Wonder Woman should embrace her humanity, learn from it, and let it make her be a better warrior and a better woman. A Wonder Woman.
Wonder Woman is expected to hit theaters on June 2, 2017.
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