She has been a princess, a warrior, a suffragist and a sex symbol. But it took 75 years to bring the world's most famous female superhero to the big screen. And now, thanks to Gal Gadot , we finally have the perfect Wonder Woman.
“I could never have imagined that someone so really like Wonder Woman would show up to do this movie". Director Patty Jenkins (Monster) introduced Gal Gadot with these words during the Wonder Woman 75th Anniversary panel at San Diego Comic-con, sharing the excitement they had working on the film, and how it became increasingly obvious that Gal's enthusiasm and belief in the project made it even stronger. With a 6 year commitment to playing the role, including Justice League 1 & 2, Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman. “Diana is my life now,” she said during the Comic- On event. “I’ve been shooting for so long she’s becoming me and I’m becoming her. I’ll find myself thinking: what would Wonder Woman do?”
With such ever-increasing demand for women to be more widely represented in superhero films and a high level of interest from fans, DC Comics puts itself ahead of its rivals and for the first time in cinema history Wonder Woman has her own film.
If you need to stop an asteroid, you call Superman. If you need to solve a mystery, you call Batman. But if you need to end a war, you call Wonder Woman.
With this quote, Gail Simone (famous American comic book writer) defined Wonder Woman’s role. She is full of peace, love and honour, while being the toughest superhero around.
Created during the early 20th century when women were overwhelmingly seen as better suited for the domestic life, Wonder Woman symbolised a powerful independent woman. Throughout the decades she has grown to embody grace through strength, confidence and compassion, becoming the first female superhero with her own comic series. With a background steeped in mythology, she embodied traditional values of justice, while embracing modernity by depicting a strong female character striking out on her own to save the world in the 1940s.
What makes her more fascinating is that compared to the other DC superheros, Wonder Woman’s story and origins are connected with the real historical facts. The upcoming movie centres on Diana’s introduction to the world during World War I and her leaving her home trying to save the world from destruction. Unlike Superman or Batman, she hasn’t had countless films adaptations that allowed everyone to get familiar with her background and powers. But we can definitely review them through her three most famous qualities which made Diana Princess of the Amazons into Wonder Woman.
Virtually indestructible, she is an expert warrior both in weapons and hand to hand combat. Her most famous weapons are the Lasso of Truth, which gives her the power to force anyone to speak the truth, two indestructible bracelets and a weaponised Tiara used as boomerang. All her powers and armaments are gifts from the Gods of the Greek Pantheon.
She was brought to life by the Greek Gods and received the gift of Wisdom directly from Athena. Known as Diana Princess of the Amazons, she lived outside the real world in a society made of only women, until one day she realised that to be a real warrior she can’t rely only on her god-given abilities. She decides to embrace the unknown, to enter the wider world of mankind and discover the pain and death that lives there in order help them, and to save the world.
Full of heart, Wonder Woman's first fight is war itself, both in the real and mythical world. She leaves her island and finds herself in the middle of World War I and facing Ares, the Greek God of War. Unwavering, her courage and tactical skills see her through right to present day, where she is one of the main founders of the Justice League.
Forget the 1970s TV version played by Lynda Carter, Gal Gadot is bringing something completely different to the role. Known for playing Giselle in the Fast and Furious saga, Gal Gadot has already proved to be a powerful force in the male dominated comic book universe. Amazing everyone with her performance in Batman vs Superman, she stole the show while kicking ass at the same time.
Gal Gadot plays the character as a young idealist who doesn’t understand the complexities of men and life, and we join her on a personal journey to gain all the qualities of a warrior: power, courage and wonder. Becoming the experienced, super-confident woman we see in Batman Vs Superman.
However Gal Gadot seems to have accomplished these qualities already. Have a look at some interesting facts about her life and career and you’ll find hard to believe that anyone else could be better at playing this iconic character!
Originally from Israel, Gal served two years in the Israeli Defence Forces when she turned 20, as required by all residents of Israel. United Nations named Wonder Woman Honorary Ambassador for the empowerment of women, with Gal Gadot attending the ceremony and joining the battle for equal rights and fighting for more roles for women in the film industry.
She studied Law and International Relations in university. During the development of Batman Vs Superman, she helped to develop the character along with director Zack Snyder, making the point to create Wonder Woman as an independent character who didn’t need to rely on a man and wasn’t there because of a love story, like in most classic Hollywood movies.
She’s an amazing action star and while shooting Fast Five and Six, she did her own stunts. To play Wonder Woman, she went through nine months of rigorous training, focusing on martial arts and sword combat.
Some lucky people have managed to see the film already, and the reviews are GREAT!
"Happy to report 'Wonder Woman' is a blast and @GalGadot is fantastic. Her chemistry with Chris Pine is magnetic. Absolutely recommended."
"Gal Godot is absolutely phenomenal as #WonderWoman. She KILLS it, just surprisingly good. A truly heroic light DCEU desperately needs."
"#WonderWoman is hands down the best DCEU Film to date! Film is SO GOOD. I absolutely loved it! Bravo @PattyJenks @GalGadot @GeoffJohns 👏🏽⚔️"
"There's a scene in #WonderWoman that made me cry tears of joy – so rare to see a (literal) army of women acting so competently on film."
"My reaction to @WonderWomanFilm : exciting, powerful, bold, epic, simply wonderful and - best of all - absolutely empowering."
"Wonder Woman is the DC movie I've been waiting for. It's exciting, inspiring, funny, and has some truly awe-inspiring action scenes."
Diana is princess of the Amazons, a race of women living in isolation. And when the Great War comes to their island, Diana takes up the mantle of ‘Wonder Woman’.
Sworn to defend the world, she leaves her home with dashing American pilot Steve Trevor to fight in the War and try to bring it to an end. But even the princess of a race of warriors can’t be prepared for the horrors waiting for her in the trenches.
All the world is waiting for ‘Wonder Woman’, an eagerly-anticipated superhero epic that brings the origin story of comics’ greatest heroine to life.