Gal Gadot recently spoke to Interview magazine about taking on the role of Wonder Woman in next year’s upcoming DC superhero epic, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While she remains tight-lipped when it comes to the plot and exactly how her character factors into it, she did talk about how it feels to take on the role. She also spoke about what kind of parts she told those in Hollywood she wants to play from the moment she first arrived…
“I told them that I wanted to be able to show the stronger side of women. I didn’t want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who’s waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah,” she said. “I wanted to do something different. Little did I know that I would land Wonder Woman not long after.”
“I’m so excited about this role. I feel like I’ve been given a huge opportunity to inspire people, not only women. And not because of me but because of who Wonder Woman is and what she stands for,” Gadot added. “There’s a lot of responsibility. But I have the best team and the best people to work with. It’s going to be an amazing ride, knock on wood.”
While we’ve already had one film (Man of Steel) to get used to Henry Cavill’s Superman and we have a pretty good idea of how Ben Affleck’s Batman will play out from the footage shown thus far, Gadot’s Wonder Woman remains elusive. The character has not been seen in live action form (outside of comedic skits and parodies) since the late ’70s when Lynda Carter played the role for three seasons on television.
Unlike Cavill or Affleck or even Jesse Eisenberg, Galdot has an opportunity here to hit the ground running and instantly define the character on screen for decades to come. I sincerely hope she is given the chance to do so right out of the gate in Batman v Superman, Justice League: Part One, and the solo Wonder Woman film that will follow. Both Gadot and the character deserve that chance.