Gal Gadot Talks Playing Wonder Woman, Her Powers, Criticisms and More

Gal Gadot will make her debut as Wonder Woman in next year’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but that won’t be the only time we see her in the iconic suit. Gadot will star in 2017’s Wonder Woman, before going on to reprise the role in Justice League Part One later that year. She will also likely play Wonder Woman again in 2019’s Justice League Part Two, as well as any other potential follow-ups. And now, Gadot has shed more light on her role in a new interview.

A recent interview conducted with Gadot in Israel was translated by a SuperHeroHype member, and in it, the actress reflects on nabbing the highly coveted role of Wonder Woman back in 2013. “I never had to wait so long for a reply. It was a month and a half of torture. It was a crazy roller-coaster. I couldn’t talk about it to anyone. On the day they promised a reply I was flying to NY for another gig. When the plane landed I saw I had a lot of missed calls. I called my agent still sitting in the plane with the belt on. She told me ‘ Congratulations! You got the part.’ During the flight I sat next to a really nice man. A scientist from The Weizmann Institute of Science. He talked the entire flight about quantum physics. Now, imagine me, sitting on the plane, looking for a little piece of privacy, burring my head between my legs and starting to scream ‘Oh my god!’ again and again, because I just can’t believe it. Then I hang up the phone and he looks at me like ‘what just happened?’ and asks if everything is alright. I tell him ‘ I can’t really say anything but you will probably read about it tomorrow in the paper.'” She then reaffirms that she underwent an “intensive” workout regime to prepare for the role.

While Gadot is clearly enthusiastic about playing Wonder Woman, there has been much negativity from “fans,” criticizing everything from the actress’s physicality to her cup size. Yeah, as if the size of a woman’s breasts determines the quality of her acting. Fortunately, Gadot is not letting these ridiculous complaints get to her. “I’m really lucky nothing in my life was instantaneous. When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amused me. The true amazons had one boob so it won’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t.” She adds, “After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny, they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire (criticism).”

Gadot went on to express her gratitude for being able to play Wonder Woman, saying that this is the type of role she has been wanting to fill for a long time. “I will never take for granted the job I have right now. Playing Wonder Woman is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I can’t describe to you how much I wanted to play this character without even knowing I wanted to play her. I met a lot of people from the industry in LA for meetings. They always asked me ‘what’s your dream role?’, and I never could define it. I always answered that I wanted to play a women that is strong and will be a source for women empowerment. I don’t want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don’t like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a message I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations.” She affirms, “I get to play the strongest most empowering woman ever – Wonder Woman. I’m so grateful and I thank God every day. I want to devour it and enjoy every bite.” 

Finally, Gadot is asked what Wonder Woman’s superpowers are, possibly giving us an idea of what her power set in Batman v Superman and beyond will be like. She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles. She is a strong and serious Woman.” Stay tuned for more news as we have it.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will hit theaters March 25th, 2016, while Wonder Woman will arrive on June 23rd, 2017.

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