Gal Gadot On The Pressure & Privilege Of Playing ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder Woman will finally arrive in theaters this week, depicting the titular heroine’s efforts to bring an end to World War I. Joining Diana on her mission will be Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, a captain from the United States Army Air Service. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gal Gadot and Chris Pine discussed a number of topics including what they hope audiences will take away from the film and the responsibility that came with playing the iconic DC Comics heroine.

Gal Gadot reflected on how Wonder Woman is so ingrained in pop culture that she cannot recall her first introduction to the character and always knew of her existence.

“To be honest, I don’t remember the very first time I was introduced to this character. Wonder Woman is a household name. Growing up, I always knew of Wonder Woman. When the TV show with Lynda Carter was on, I was too young to watch it, but I always knew of Wonder Woman.”

Gadot also commented on how she felt privileged to play the iconic heroine when asked about the pressure of the playing the role.

“You could say that I felt some pressure. I feel very privileged that I got the opportunity to portray such an iconic, strong female character. I adore this character and everything that she stands for and everything that she symbolizes. But of course this character is so big and iconic, and the expectations that all of the fans have for it are huge. Hopefully after they watch the movie they’ll be pleased.”

Pine commented on what he hopes audiences will take away from the film.

“For me, one of the takeaways from meeting with Patty is this idea that in the end, it’s not this woman’s great superpowers that win the day — it’s really love and compassion. There’s a moment toward the end of the film that exemplifies that. I think this idea of empathy and compassion and love being a weapon is really important. There’s a deeper musical note happening here that I think if it touches some people out there, and they take it to heart, is very, very important.”

Gadot also commented on the message the film was trying to convey.

“To add more to what Chris is saying, I would also say that never give up and never lose hope. I think that even when we’ve been exposed to situations that are really far from who we are and different to our perspective, we need to have tolerance to one another and we need to accept different views. And we need to never, ever lose hope.”

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Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui.

Wonder Woman will be released in theaters on June 2, 2017.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

10 Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’

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Wonder WomanThere’s a fair amount riding on Wonder Woman, DC’s summer blockbuster, for more reasons than just being the first major female superhero movie made. It follows up two divisive entries in the universe, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad. While successful, the performances of both at the box office and with critics merited re-evaluation by the filmmakers in the form of corporate restructuring and written mea culpas.

Despite these stumbles, there’s many reasons to be optimistic about Wonder Woman. Gal Gadot was well-received as Diana Prince in Batman v Superman, it’s set in the past, focusing on one character after two ensemble pictures, and both Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns add directorial and comic credibility, respectively. Plus, it’s no small thing that DC Films will beat Marvel Studios to the first female superhero movie, despite the latter having made over a dozen movies to former’s four. It’s important milestone for representation in pop culture.

Here’s 10 reasons to be optimistic about the Wonder Woman movie. Click Next to start!

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Sebastian Peris

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