Wonder Woman Gal Gadot on Her ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Casting
When it was revealed that Wonder Woman was going to be a character in the increasingly inaccurately titled ‘Batman vs. Superman’ and that ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise actress Gal Gadot would be taking the glowing reins, fan response was exactly what you’d expect it to be. But now we can start to cut through the noise. For the first time since landing the part, Gadot has spoken about taking on such an iconic role.
Appropriately, the former Miss Israel’s first interview wasn’t with American press but with the popular Israeli show ‘Good Evening with Gai Pines.’ Although the original interview was conducted entirely in Hebrew, Batman-News has given us an English translation.
Speaking of when she first learned that she landed the role of a lifetime, she said (and forgiving the Hebrew-to-English translating a bit):
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 are 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?”
Much like fans criticized Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ Gadot was slammed for her slimmer build and all-around none-Amazonian warrior physique. “I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world,” she retorted. “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.”
Of course, she’ll end up with a more superheroic look in the end due to the physical training required for the role. If anyone doubts that it’s impossible for her to bulk up, just look at the transformation Henry Cavill went through for ‘Man of Steel.’ She said:
It’s the physical preparations that I’m starting now. A very serious training regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…one thousand and one things…I’ll gain body mass.
If you recall prior to Gadot’s casting announcement, she was featured in the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, and as she said of her ‘Fast and Furious 6′ role, she desperately wanted to get in on the action and perform her own stunts. While we edge closer to the July 17, 2015 release date and, inevitably, more information on ‘Batman vs. Superman,’ watch the video below in which Gadot reveals how she bulked up her part in ‘Fast 6.’ It’ll surely relieve some concerns about Wonder Woman …