Now we finally have some shots of Gal Gadot as Diana Prince (Wonder Woman) and comic fans have not exactly given this a complete thumbs up. While there are those who think the casting in this movie has been spot on so far I have to completely disagree. Yes I am joining the masses that raise their pitchforks to the sky against something like casting however in this instant I believe it is justified. Now when you think of Wonder Woman what comes to mind? A radical ass kicking machine that can duke it out with superman to a draw?
A hero that represents not only strength but a healthy kick in the ass of stereotypes in comics and other media? She is a very dynamic character and her legacy has transcended comics and has given girls a character to look up to. She’s not a damsel in distress and she damn sure isn’t a shrinking violet so when you think of Wonder Woman the actor portraying her better have the gravitons to fill those knee high boots.
Now I will not sit here and say Gal Gadot is a bad actor. She played a good feisty character in the Fast and the Furious however that’s been the only place to truly see her shine…unless you count Date Night.
However, what she did in the Fast and the Furious movies was show off a bit more of an eye candy side to her character. She wasn’t Michelle Rodriguez so there wasn’t a big opportunity for her to flex those tough chick muscles. She did have a few scenes here and there but overall she seemed more like a “when the chips are down” kind of character. However, when you think of Wonder Woman you think of a character who is in the fray from the word go.
She’s kicking ass with the guys and you wouldn’t even think twice about that. Now I obviously am not going to pretend I know exactly what role she is going to play but I think it’s safe to say we haven’t seen her play a badass super hero yet which does make me a bit nervous.
Now the biggest issue the world has been griping about is her body type. Now I’m not one to discriminate on size but if you weigh 90 pounds and have a thin build maybe you shouldn’t try out for a Brock Lesnar lookalike contest.
Gal Gadot is a petite actress and being such she doesn’t fit the role of Wonder Woman in the looks department. There were quite a few other options and hell it seems that the internet agrees with me to some degree. Gina Carano would have been perfect as Wonder Woman.
She has a perfect mix of physical build and other physical features. She’s a Muay Thai fighter and has actually competed in competitions so how perfect is that?
Now I do know that Gal was in the Israeli military but that’s not her claim to fame. She’s been a runway model and combined with the characters she’s portrayed and she’d honestly be better off trying to portray Donna Troy. Now yes it is true Lynda Carter was not a Gina Carano either when she played Wonder Woman on TV in 1975, but we have moved a long ways since then.
Look at Wonder Woman’s model in Injustice and then look back at Gal Gadot. Bottom line, if you are going to portray a physically imposing character it would help to be physically imposing yourself. I mean imagine if Darth Vader was played by Peter Dinklage, he’s a great actor but that would be ridiculous.
The final issue I want to bring up is the role of Wonder Woman. Now this doesn’t have to do with Gal Gadot as much as the character’s position in the script. Superman and Batman are the main players of this movie and now with the addition of Cyborg the cast is becoming a bit too big. Wonder Woman will be nothing more than a small bit player in this movie and stacking her up against two brooding super heroes and uhm Cyborg without setting her up with her own movie FIRST is a major disservice. Wonder Woman is an amazing character and it seems that Zack Snyder is intent on pushing his own image as opposed to the image that has been established. Now I don’t mind directors taking a character into a unique direction however Zack already messed up by turning Superman into a brooding Batman rip off. Now how will he portray Wonder Woman in terms of the script is unknown but as far as I can see I’m face palming harder than I was when I heard the Ben Affleck announcement.