Zack Snyder On Casting Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman

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We’re only months away from the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which will mark the debut of Wonder Woman on the big screen for the first time in cinematic history, ahead of her own standalone movie, which is set to hit theaters on June 23, 2017. Speaking to Filmink, director Zack Snyder talked about how excited he is to include the superheroine in his upcoming movie. Here’s what he had to say:

It’s an amazing opportunity to have Wonder Woman in the film. We haven’t had a female superhero of that magnitude, and it’s an amazing opportunity for the world to get behind an amazing, powerful female character. I’m happy that we have the opportunity to do that. Half of my movies have female leads…maybe that’s because I have so many strong women in my life. I’m not in the least surprised by a strong female superhero. I’m shocked that it hasn’t happened sooner. By the way, I highly recommend Jill Lepore’s book, The Secret History Of Wonder Woman, if you haven’t read it; it’s amazing, and truly epic.

After it was announced that Gadot would bring Wonder Woman to life a few years ago, many comic book readers started complaining about the casting, claiming that the actress isn’t the right choice to portray the character. However, many of them have now changed their minds after seeing the actress in full costume. Snyder went on to talk about how difficult it was to find the right actress to play the character and revealed the number of the final contenders for the role:

We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine. But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around. And by the way, she really held her own with Ben in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’ That was a good sign, because Ben is very tough in the scene, and he’s big and commanding. Anytime that you’re doing a test like that and you’re looking at the other person, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, that’s good stuff.’ That was part of the process, and over time as we got to know Gal, we found out how amazing she is. I can’t even remember how many in terms of interviews, but for the final test, I think that we tested six actresses. But we interviewed and saw hundreds, so it was a pretty exhausting process.

Many assume that Wonder Woman’s appearance in the film will be nothing more than just a glorified cameo, however, Snyder reassured that her role is much bigger than that. Obviously, he wouldn’t reveal any plot details, but it’s still interesting to hear that the character will have much more screen time than expected. Here’s what he told the site:

No, she has a cameo in this movie. No, actually… it’s bigger than a cameo. She comes in and does something

The latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice gave us a glimpse at the Trinity fighting Doomsday, but unfortunately, it was heavily criticized due to Batman’s “Is she with you?” line. Well, fret not, because it looks like the scene wasn’t just added there for comedic relief:

The ‘Is she with you?’ joke at the end of the trailer? You have to see the movie, because it gears into the drama of what’s happening, and if you see it in the context of the film, it completely makes sense that the two of them were trying to figure out who she is…

Lastly, Snyder was asked about the dynamic between the heroes and the circumstances that bring them together in the movie, and his answer to that question might surprise you:

Well, they’re forced together, which you get a sense of from the trailer. They’re forced to work together.

What do you guys think? Are you excited for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Wonder Woman? Let us know in the comment section below!

Source: Filmink

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.