Batman vs. Superman (not the final title) is scheduled to hit theaters July 17th, 2015. The follow-up to Man of Steel, the next installment in the DC Cinematic Universe stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, and Laurence Fishburne, with Jason Momoa in talks to join. Zack Snyder directs from a script by David S. Goyer and Chris Terrio.
Without a doubt, one of the biggest comic book movie announcements of the year was the news that Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman in Batman vs. Superman. The Man of Steel follow-up will mark Diana Prince’s long-awaited big screen debut. However, many fans have predictably criticized the casting, mostly saying that she wasn’t physically fit for the role. Well, we now have the first comments from Gadot on landing the highly coveted role, as well as the backlash from fans.
Speaking with Israel entertainment show Good Evening with Gai Pines, the Fast & Furious 6 actress talks about playing Wonder Woman. The entire interview is in Hebrew, but thanks to Batman-News, we have a transcription of the relevant excerpts. Gadot had this to say when asked about her discovering the big news. “I was just on my way to shooting at LA. I landed at NY in a connection flight when my agent, Hadass Lichtenstein, called me. She says to me “Wonder Woman!” and I’m like “What??” – “The role is yours!…and it’s a secret and the news is not yet announced and you can’t tell anyone…”. I’m saying to her “Are you serious??”- and we both scream! Now it’s a plane from Israel to NY and I can’t make loud noise, and so I lean on a window, bending down to my legs, and just try to understand. Long story short – I was totally alone in NY, I got to a hotel at 12 pm, I needed to wake up in the morning for shootings. I remember laying in the darkness by myself, staring at the ceiling, and I was telling myself “It’s not real!”…it shouldn’t be like that, I’m supposed to be like… “where’s the champagne?”.”
As previously stated, many fans have criticized Gadot’s physical shape, saying that (among other things) she didn’t have the breasts to play Wonder Woman. As if the size of a woman’s breasts determines the quality of her acting chops. Gadot weighs in on this particular critique, saying, “Hmm. I represent the Wonder Women 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.” Finally, she confirms that she has started rigorously training for role. “It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now. A very serious training regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.”