Is Gal Gadot "Wonder" Enough for Wonder Woman?

Upon confirmation that Wonder Woman will be appearing in the sequel to 2013's Man of Steel alongside the Dark Knight detective Batman (Ben Affleck), actress Gal Gadot, who is set to play the Amazonian Princess is already receiving her "fair" share of criticism

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By VicSage - 12/4/2013

And it starts all over again. The casting criticism. Only this time, I'm criticizing the critics here. And this time, the critics are after Gal Gadot, who has recently been cast as Wonder Woman.

You know what's funny? I had my issues with Batfleck, but I have completely turned around and am eagerly waiting to see his portrayal of the Dark Knight detective. MY criticisms at the time of the announcement of Affleck as Batman, wasn't about his look, it was his acting capability. Then again, the man has two Oscars and Daredevil was 10 years ago so... I'll give it a shot. And I believe Matt Damon said it best: "It's Batman, not King Lear." We've given Chris Evans, Halle Berry, Ryan Reynolds, and others multiple shots at the superhero genre, why not Ben?

Now, with Gal Gadot, you know what people's complaints are? Not acting capability. No, it's her size. Her breasts? I've heard some complaints about that but that's not what the majority of the complaints are about. They're about her weight. Her muscle - or lack thereof.


You mean to tell me, that people think that Zack Snyder, the director of 300 and Man of Steel, is going to have his Wonder Woman be... whatever weight and size Gadot currently is? You're joking. On what Earth do you think that? This one?? Snyder will send the cast, as he's done with 300 and Man of Steel, straight to Gym Jones to build muscle and create the necessary physique for the role. He's shown he's actually obsessed with this "human perfection" image in many of his films. Often times pushing his actors to their physical limitations and then some... AND then going back into post-production and enhancing it further with CGI (which he loves, by the way). So, don't worry, your new Wonder Woman will bulk up, I'm sure.

Henry Cavill, the new Superman, did it.

Michael Shannon, General Zod, did it.

Antje Traue, Faora, did it.

Gerard Butler, David Wenham, and the entire damn cast of 300, did it.

And you don't think Snyder's going to have her, Gal Gadot, gain some pounds?


I suppose the internet and fans were pissed when they found out that Christian Bale, who, at the time, recently appeared in The Machinist at only 120lbs, looking just like a walking skeleton, was cast as Batman, right? No. People were concerned if he'd be able to reach the necessary weight in time, but they knew they weren't going to get a 120lb Batman. They were more concerned if he was going to reach his goal of 210lb, or max out at around 190lbs. Well, we got Batman Begins and as comic book legend Stan Lee would say, 'nuff said.


The casting call for the role of Wonder Woman even mentions that those lucky women auditioning should expect some intense training. And why not? You're only playing the "female superman" of "comicbook-dom". The Lynda Carter days are over. You're packing on some muscle with Zack Snyder and company.

Interestingly enough, fan's criticisms regarding this particular matter actually irks me. I'm perfectly fine with people having preconceived notions about an actor's acting capability. It's fine to me. You're judging someone's ability based on past evidence. Sure, the actor has most likely improved their technique, picked up some new methods of acting, and probably did an amazing audition that you weren't privy to, but you're going based on what you have seen, right? Observations and all. There's evidence, there's proof, there's something concrete. Their filmography. You didn't see the audition? You get a pass. A select few only saw that. But you know what you have seen? The two dozen movies they did before that. So, judge away nerds and geeks!

But to be believe an actor cannot gain weight? When they're working with a director notorious for making his actors pack on the extra muscle? Something doesn't add up. I would believe that the evidence shows that we can expect Gal Gadot to add on at least 20 lbs of muscle. Isn't that a fair conclusion?

Find something else about her to critique. Because we all know, if there's something comic book fans like to do, it's critique. And I'm posting this today letting you know I'm guilty of doing it myself. But even I think it's within reason. This however? Nonsense.
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jlabatman - 12/4/2013, 2:03 PM
Just wait, there is some peterpuffing fanboy out there right now, getting ready to start a petition against Gadot!
Jollem - 12/4/2013, 2:04 PM
has anyone seen the movie yet? no? yeah, that's what i thought

she looks great, and zack is the man. so...hells yeah!
TheManFromMars - 12/4/2013, 2:06 PM
Wonder is an adjective?

I thought it was either a noun or a verb...
Alphadog - 12/4/2013, 2:20 PM
For the first time in my life i got pissed off at a casting choice (and i experienced pretty much all the big ones from at least since five years ago) not because of her race (even though she looks nothing like what i want from a facial structure) but because of everything else. She is the opposite body type that Diana should be(and no something like Bridget Regan isn't enough) and she has never shown any ability to be a lead. Also Diana spent her whole life on an island fighting and exploring the wilderness so the actress should look like she has been doing exercise for more than a few months.
aresww3 - 12/4/2013, 2:20 PM
I don´t think many people have a problem with the casting. For now I´m happy. I just want news she´s getting a solo movie not directed or written by Snyder/Goyer. Once that happens I´m totally onboard.
EXODUZ - 12/4/2013, 2:22 PM
@TheManFromMars wonder is a noun acting as an adjective in this instance.

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/nouns-adjective.htm
EXODUZ - 12/4/2013, 2:24 PM
but you're right, he should have used wondrous
Alphadog - 12/4/2013, 2:26 PM
And there's not a big list of actresses who bulked up for roles or atleast not as much as this one should. Even if there was Gal from what i see isn't at all the athletic type. (Even Antje look stronger)
Alphadog - 12/4/2013, 2:28 PM
We shouldn't even compare to Antje since Wonder Woman should look stronger.
VicSage - 12/4/2013, 2:30 PM
@TheManFromMars Indeed, I'm doing a play on words, which I'm sure you are more than well aware

@EXODUZ That is correct.

@Alphadog I respect your opinion, but the movie isn't expected to start shooting until Spring 2014. And considering how large of a role she'll have, which may be minute, as well as the film's shooting schedule she should have plenty of time to gain the necessary weight. Besides, how can you tell whether they JUST packed on the pounds or not? Are you saying that Henry Cavill needed to have come from Krypton to pull off his physique? Otherwise, because he only bulked up over the course of a few months, he isn't right for the role. I'm trying to understand your logic here
TheManFromMars - 12/4/2013, 2:33 PM
@VicSage

English is not my first language, so I was actually in doubt. It's cool, though.
Alphadog - 12/4/2013, 2:38 PM
@VicSage Respect for The Question Avatar but Superman is bulk because he is Kryptonian not because he exercises. But Diana is a warrior and should look like she fought a lot. She should walk strong and i don't think Gal is gonna be like that. It's really not just physical features but also the way people move. Henry was buff but he didn't really look like a warrior. (neither should he considering the character) Either way there's a lot more problems than just phisique.
themidnightking - 12/4/2013, 2:39 PM
Just call the damn film Justice League already! I'll wait until I see the film before I pass judgement like normal person would.
SauronsBANE1 - 12/4/2013, 2:40 PM
Can we refrain from making comments like "Oh great, ANOTHER Wonder Woman article!" or whatever? It's huge news. It's a given that people are going to have strong opinions to this, they're going to want to share those opinions, so they're going to write editorials about it. You don't like it, then don't read it. Or write you're own article about whatever you want to talk about.
Alphadog - 12/4/2013, 2:41 PM
Look maybe I'm a little biased right now but unlike Chris Hemsworth i have no reason to believe that in 15 years when the universe is rebooted i will miss the actress.
DynamicDynamo - 12/4/2013, 2:45 PM
gaining weight as a woman is much harder than gaining weight as a man
bazinga85 - 12/4/2013, 3:10 PM
I haven't seen the Fast & Furious movies, but I trust Snyder/WB's casting decisions. And ya, the weight thing is no problem at all.
BatManHeisenberg - 12/4/2013, 3:28 PM
I agree totally, good job!
armodavo - 12/4/2013, 3:33 PM
@Alphadog She served in the Israeli army for 2 years and was Miss Israel in 2004...
FlyingSeel - 12/4/2013, 3:33 PM
She'll be fine. She can buff up, everyone in Snyder films always do. She shouldn't have big boobs IMO, I think thats annoying and would get in her way with combat. She's tall enough, isn't American and blah blah blah. We will see how good she is when it comes to the actual movie.
armodavo - 12/4/2013, 3:35 PM
Though Keira Knightley was my top pick, Gal Gadot is a fine choice. Not only is she beautiful but has proven to be quite the action star. She's going to own it as Wonder Woman.
Lhornbk - 12/4/2013, 3:37 PM
I watched a clip of one of her movies on here earlier. I was pleasantly surprised; from comments on here I had become worried about her English, but I thought it was fine. She did look very skinny, but that can change. (I'm proof of that. I weighed 140-145 lbs, at nearly 6 ft. tall, from high school up until my early 30s. I am now 205 lbs, and gained about 30-40 lbs of that in about a 3-6 month period.)
Lhornbk - 12/4/2013, 3:40 PM
Yeah, that is a very good point, she did serve in the army in Israel, so she probably is much tougher than she looks. And she could still be in their reserves, I don't remember for sure how that works over there.
DanMcNice - 12/4/2013, 3:40 PM
Well, said @VicSage.

I hope you are right (and I think you are).
Nick56 - 12/4/2013, 4:12 PM
Great article! Fanboys need to stop whining and use some common sense!
Interestein - 12/4/2013, 4:37 PM
She's gonna surprise us, this'll be her breakout role. I'm glad they went with someone with more of an ethnic look.
SauraLilvera - 12/4/2013, 4:47 PM
A choice that makes Ben Affleck as Batman seem competent by comparison... Muscle or no muscle, Gal doesn't have the chops to carry her own franchise, so WW will be nothing but a supporting character. What a waste.
Canary - 12/4/2013, 4:50 PM
As a female and a great fan of WW, I hope they'll dye her hair black, give her plenty of extentions and waves - her hair needs to be rich and voluminous, preternaturally beautiful. I'm not worried about her weight - Zack will sort that out with her...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/4/2013, 4:50 PM
I hated it but I am already getting used to it. She looks a lot like the New Frontier WW.



THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/4/2013, 4:51 PM
^Give her that makeup and hair style and she can def pull it off.
JoeMomma29 - 12/4/2013, 4:53 PM
LMAO!!!!

But Marvel fans are okay with this!

JoeMomma29 - 12/4/2013, 4:53 PM
patrat18 - 12/4/2013, 4:54 PM
Joe is killing them today lmfaoo.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/4/2013, 4:57 PM
I'm happy she isn't American. WW wasn't born in America but she stands for America's democracy.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/4/2013, 4:58 PM
Much like the actress herself; lives in America, was born in Israel.
Indy - 12/4/2013, 5:00 PM
she will be fine. Zack the man he got this let the man work.
JoeMomma29 - 12/4/2013, 5:01 PM
@ patrat

Thanks but I am just using common sense. Marvel chose Zoë for a role and I think she is a perfect fit for GOTG.

JoeMomma29 - 12/4/2013, 5:08 PM
@ Batz11

My comment has nothing to do with the actual character but the actual person playing the character. Both actresses have the same body type and are playing a strong female comic book character.

I am merely pointing out how silly it is for Marvelites and even some DC fanboys to dismiss this choice because she is thin etc.....

But I keep forgetting what is good for Marvel is not good for anyone else.
JoeMomma29 - 12/4/2013, 5:09 PM
@ Batz11

You can give me $hit any day you want, I know you lean towards Marvel and I am cool with that. The difference is you get respect because you are not some troll.
CapFan79 - 12/4/2013, 5:11 PM
I'm sure after training she'll look just fine!
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