In less than two weeks, Wonder Woman will finally arrive in theaters and fans are eager to see the iconic DC Comics heroine in her first standalone feature film. While most are excited to see Gal Gadot return as the titular heroine, especially those who considered her role in Batman v. Superman to be one of the best aspects of the film, there was a time where Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman was met with less enthusiasm from a segment of fans. In an interview with JoBlo, producer Charles Roven discussed the initial backlash to the casting of Gal Gadot and compared the reactions to the initial response fans had to Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker for The Dark Knight.
Praising Gal Gadot’s performance, Roven recalled the initial response a vocal portion of fans had to Gadot landing the role of Wonder Woman.
“Oh no, there was terrible backlash. There was backlash when we made Heath The Joker, it was a pretty big backlash. When we made Ben Batman, the same thing. That’s the other thing as to why you’ve got to be a little bit, you have to revere the fans but not everything that the fans say is… and there is a lot of fan opinion. You’ve got to be careful, and ultimately you have to take all that in and still have your own instinct about what to do.”
With early reactions to Wonder Wonder being overwhelmingly positive and critics praising Gal Gadot’s performance, it appears the right decision was made when Gal Gadot was cast as the classic DC Comics heroine.
Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers… and her true destiny.
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.
Reasons To Be Optimistic About ‘Wonder Woman’
There’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.
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