Why Gal Gadot Is The Quintessential Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman, the legendary female superhero in the DC Universe, will have a film solely dedicated to her to mark the 75th anniversary of her first appearance in the comic book series.

Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston, and her story first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in December, 1941.

She was later featured on the cover of Sensation Comics #1 in 1942.

Now her 75-year-old legacy will be celebrated in the upcoming Wonder Woman film, a modern movie directed by Patty Jenkins and feature Gal Gadot in the lead role.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, DC Comics paid tribute to the superhero at the recent San Diego Comic-Con by inviting Patty Jenkins, Gal Gadot, DC Comics co-publisher Jim Lee, and DC Comic artist Nicola Scott to reflect on the legendary superhero.

The upcoming Wonder Woman film will draw inspiration from multiple comic book series, especially the incarnation that was created by illustrator George Perez and published in 1980. The movie tells the story of Diana Prince, who grows up on the safe and protected island of Themyscira that is cut off from the real world. DC Comics have described Themyscira as a lush green island that prohibited males from ever setting foot on it.

Diana grows up under the impression that she knows everything about the world until she finds out that there is so much more to explore and understand. Wonder Woman also urges powerful people to be empathetic by conveying the importance of being kind and powerful at the same time, and that it is easy to become powerful, yet equally important to be compassionate to become a true superhero. According to Entertainment Weekly, Patty Jenkins spoke about how essential it is for a superhero to be kind and forgiving.

“Be a hero, but be a beautiful, loving, kind person who’s fighting for the right thing always.”

Patty Jenkins always aspired to direct Wonder Woman, considering it an honor to work on a movie based on the DC Comics legend. In fact, she saw her lifelong dream come true when she was given the opportunity to direct Wonder Woman. For actors like Gal Gadot, Wonder Woman will showcase the female superhero in a different light, as earlier movies have always portrayed her as a supportive sidekick to other male superheroes. In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman played a supporting role, and she was never portrayed as a full-fledged leading female that bears the entire responsibility to fight evil.

For many, this comes as the perfect time to produce a film based on Wonder Woman’s backstory, as it is the right moment to tell her story to DC Comics fans who are keen to learn more about their superheroes. Patty Jenkins confessed that directing a female superhero movie has been a dream of hers ever since she saw Richard Donner’s original Superman movie. Earlier, her first round of meetings with Warner Brothers did not turn out well, as the entertainment company didn’t express much of an interest in producing a movie based on Wonder Woman, Patty’s favorite superhero. However, she built up her experience after working on Thor: The Dark World, which gave her a good platform to prepare and campaign for the production of Wonder Woman once again.

Gal Gadot played a key role during the filming of Wonder Woman by not only bonding well with Patty Jenkins, but by also bringing a positive atmosphere to the set. Patty Jenkins remembered an instance during shooting when Gal Gadot donned her less-insulated costume in a scene which was shot in the cold environment of a high mountain. In Patty’s opinion, Gal’s positive spirit and attitude make her the true Wonder Woman. According to Polygon, Gal Gadot had nothing but praise for the inspirational Wonder Woman, as the iconic superhero has great potential to be a strong and active role model for girls in a world where there is an abundance of male superheroes.

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