First Ben Affleck took on the critics who said he wasn’t right to play Batman, and now it’s Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s turn to take on the boo boys.
Following her casting as Wonder Woman in Batman Vs Superman – the presumptive title for director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel – much of the criticism was centred on the apparent fact that a) Gadot isn’t physically imposing enough for the role and b) she isn’t, well, well-endowed enough to play the Amazonian princess.
Gadot opened up on Israeli entertainment show Good Evening With Gai Pines, saying that she represents “the Wonder Woman of the new world”.
“Breasts … anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. 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.”
Gadot added that she’s currently training for the role by learning various disciplines such as kung fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, and Brazilian martial arts. “I’ll gain body mass,” she promised.
Personally, I do have my doubts about Gadot too, though it’s not about her physical qualities. I’m wondering if she may be a bit too young for the role, and whether she can convincingly carry off Wonder Woman’s regal, royal qualities. But she’s certainly shown she can be feisty and spirited, and I do hope she proves them – and me – all wrong.
In the meantime, writer Gail Simone has the perfect response to critics who have doubts about Gadot’s physical assets, with her tweet about Paul Rudd being cast as Ant-Man:
Interesting how no one has mentioned that Paul Rudd doesn't look like he could fight. #WonderWoman
— GAIL SIMONE (@GailSimone) December 19, 2013
The new Wonder Woman debuts in the Man of Steel sequel on July 17, 2015.
Source: Comic Book Resources
What do you think of Gal Gadot’s comments? Can she play Wonder Woman convincingly?