Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman

From the Israeli Army to the role of a lifetime
Hollywood secrets are kept under a tight guard. When former Israeli army combat trainer-turned actress Gal Gadot flew into the US to audition for the role of Wonder Woman, she thought she was auditioning for Cat Woman. In an interview with EMPIRE, the Israeli actress admits that her actual role was only known to her on the day of a performance test with the newest cinematic Batman, Ben Affleck: “I mean, I could have guessed. I thought it was going to be Selina (Kyle), you know?”

It’s an understandable guess. At the time of announcement Wonder Woman was nowhere to be seen, and Cat Woman is as closely tied to the Dark Knight as any female character in the DC-verse can claim to be. But when Gadot heard the news from director Zack Snyder himself, she struggled (understandably) to keep it together.

The casting is a dream come true for Gadot. She has always had a preference for independent roles, stating that “anytime I had general meetings in LA, I always said that my dream role was to do an empowered, independent woman who doesn’t rely on men.” Even in her early career, Gadot had a solid idea of the actress she intended to become. An interview with Jimmy Kimmel reveals that she mentally forfeited the Miss Universe Pageant: “I set myself a mission not to win the Miss Universe Pageant . . . I’m just not that type of girl!”

Gadot has also stated the importance of Wonder Woman as a role model. Of course, Gadot wants to be a superhero for her own daughter and other young female comic fans around the world. But within the fiction itself, Wonder Woman is also sent out from her secluded warrior-guardian society as Themyscira’s only ambassador, acting as representative and role model in all of the parallel earths that exist throughout the multiverse. Except reality designation Earth-3, where the heroes are villains and the villains are heroes. Stay away from Earth-3.

Scene-stealing and badass, the reviews on Gal’s performance have been stellar, to say the least. 2017’s Wonder Woman, the first live-action film iteration of the  character – EVER – cannot come soon enough.

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