U.S. Release Date: 3/25/16
Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, is sans a massive amount of screen time in the super-hero mash up.
But the Israeli star will be getting her own stand alone Wonder Woman big screen outing next year – thanks to director Patty Jenkins. In the meantime, you can see the character, also known as Diana Prince, make her big screen debut alongside Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman.
“She’s been around for a long time and she’s very wise,” Gadot observes. “She knows how to choose her battles and she can read a few steps forward. And there is a lot of difference between men and women in the way that we deal with conflict.”
For those old enough to remember Linda Carter playing the character in TV’s Wonder Woman, which ran 1975 to 1979, Gadot, best known as car nabber Giselle Yashar in the The Fast and the Furious films, brings a brand new twist to the character – something which required the actress to undergo a rigorous nine-month training work out. For Gadot, who spent two years in the Israeli army, the strict regimen was no big deal..
“I noticed as she became more physically capable, her attitude changed from wondering about her ability to do the role to just knowing that she could sell this,” says Mark Twight, who trained the actress in martial arts, and the use of sword and shield. “That level of confidence was fascinating to watch develop, that she can be both beautiful and soft and caring when she needs to be and as hard as she needs to be to combat evil.”
As for Wonder Woman’s get up, meanwhile, Snyder – instead of opting for a mere rehash of Carter’s original costume – wanted to give the action heroine a complete makeover.
“The first thing that Zack and I talked about was that we wanted it to appear like she’s been wearing this costume for her entire history,” relates costume designer Michael Wilkinson. “She wears a gladiator-style breastplate, a split skirt and leg armor, with centuries of wear from battle. The leather is crackled and antique-looking. All her weapons are distressed and they have a fantastic sense of age.”
Initially, a metal costume was on the cards, but things changed when Wilkinson realised it could be cumbersome for fight sequences.
“Metal is rigid,” Wilkinson explains, “but the choreography and the stunt requirements of our script called for incredible ease of movement. So instead we developed a material that looks like metal but was able to take a paint finish so we could create a wonderfully ancient feel to it, and still have it be flexible.
“I designed a sectioned breastplate that has expansion joints, allowing Gal to breathe and bend and do all her amazing stunt moves while looking like she’s outfitted in this incredibly strong, metal armor, Wilkinson adds. “We wanted to balance her power and intimidation with her grace and majesty.”
Director: Zack Snyder
Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter
Screenwriters: Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer
Producers: Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder
Executive Producers: David S. Goyer, Wesley Coller and Geoff Johns
Image Info: Copyright: © 2016 WARNER BROS. ENTERTAINMENT INC., RATPAC-DUNE ENTERTAINMENT LLC AND RATPAC ENTERTAINMENT, LLC. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures/ TM & © DC ComicsCaption: (L-r) HENRY CAVILL as Superman, GAL GADOT as Wonder Woman and BEN AFFLECK as Batman in Warner Bros. Pictures’ action adventure “BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.
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