Gal Gadot aka our Wonder Woman, recently spoke about the backlash surrounding her body, after she was cast as the Amazonian Queen. Now I get it, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck have comic book bodies fitting for Superman and Batman, so it’s disappointing Gal doesn’t have the Amazonian physique, but at the same time, who cares!
So Gal Gadot has come out talking about the backlash regarding her body. She basically said that she’s heard the complaints about her skinnyness all throughout her life and she’s used to it now, but also goes on to say “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. 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.”
With her recent comments, I have seen about a thousand different hate messages directed at Gal and her body. And it’s ridiculous! Yes she’s not as big as Wonder Woman is often portrayed, but the particular image of Wonder Woman many people have in their minds is pretty unattainable. Sometimes Wonder Woman is depicted as bigger, sometimes more slender.
So we can all whinge, bitch and moan as much as we like, but Wonder Woman gets her powers from the Gods anyways, so this conversation is slightly redundant.
And this conversation is focused on the wrong thing, who cares about how big Gal’s boobs are, what we should be talking about is her acting ability. In another recent interview about her role as Wonder Woman, Gal went on to say, “She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles”.
Most of Gal’s comments have had to do with her physical ability, about how Wonder Woman will be such a great fighter in Batman v Superman. This is what concerns me. Gal’s acting abilities haven’t really been proven yet, but to be fair my only exposure of her comes from the Fast and Furious franchise, and the single lines she’s had on Entourage and Date Night (her one line in Entourage was beyond terrible though).
I’m concerned that the cinematic universe will place little focus on Wonder Woman’s personality, and just make her a two-dimensional action star, who can fight real good, but not much else. And that would be a serious disservice to the character, because Wonder Woman is more than just someone who can punch and kick hard.
So I can’t say I’m too confident Gal Gadot will get the heart of the character. I believe very strongly that visually she will be a great Wonder Woman. I’m sure her action sequences will be great, but what about character moments?
Gal Gadot will be appearing in a couple of films this year, so hopefully we’ll get a greater sense of her acting abilities from that. I guess I gotta trust that Warner Bros cast her for a reason, with part of that reason being, she can actually act!
But yeah, let’s stop talking about her body. Every time a female actress is cast in a superhero movie, our first point of conversation (and only point of conversation), shouldn’t be her body.
Anyways, what do you think? Are you convinced about Gal Gadot’s casting yet? Let me know!
Categories: comic book movies