'Wonder Woman' Stills Put Diana Front And Center; Gal Talks U.N. Backlash And More

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Wonder Woman stills have been released and with them came an interview with Gal Gadot, who is playing the title role, and comments from the film's director, Patty Jenkins. Gadot talked about many things, most notably the backlash that occurred when the United Nations appointed Wonder Woman as an the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.

The U.N. has appointed many people in many different roles over the years some including Winnie the Pooh and the red bird from the Angry Birds game but with them appointing Wonder Woman as the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls caused a stir among certain people as they felt that the female hero's looks shouldn't be honoured. Since those people petitioned for the denouncement of Wonder Woman as her role, the U.N. decided to that very thing and take away Diana Prince's title.

Now Gal Gadot, who plays the superheroine, has responded to all of this commotion. “There are so many horrible things that are going on in the world, and this is what you’re protesting, seriously?” Gadot asks. “When people argue that Wonder Woman should ‘cover up,’ I don’t quite get it,” she says. “They say, ‘If she’s smart and strong, she can’t also be sexy.’ That’s not fair. Why can’t she be all of the above?”

Gadot further went on to talk about the initial backlash she received when she got the role of Diana Prince. “Did you see the feedback I got from the fans after they cast me for this role?” Gadot asks. “It was all about my breasts and bottom literally being too small.” Gal has made the claim that true Amazonians cut off their breasts to allow for a quicker way of shooting arrows and such.

Speaking of Amazonians to make the homeland of Wonder Woman, Themyscira, have a complete abundance of an all-female island, Jenkins and her crew flew dozens of female actors and stunt doubles to a town in Italy called Happy Village. “It was like a kibbutz, all of us living in little bungalows, beautiful and green with no cars,” said Gadot. “We had all these women in armour fighting on the beach, and meanwhile all the men—husbands and boyfriends—are walking around with strollers and taking care of the kids.” Jenkins says it set the tone for the filmmaking. “It wasn’t just a gathering of beautiful women,” she adds. “It was exclusively badass, interesting women.”

While the film and the story revolves around females and their empowerment Gal believes it has to be more than that saying, “We need to educate boys, show boys strong women in powerful positions. It’s all about expanding the possibilities of what women can be. I know I couldn’t do this without my husband.” Her husband being an Israeli real estate developer, Yaron Varsano.

Gadot further explaining her views with, “I think people take it the wrong way when I say I’m a feminist,” she said. “Feminism is not about burning bras and hating men. It’s about gender equality. Whoever is not a feminist is a chauvinist.”

Gal plays such a fierce fighter in Diana Prince, Wonder Woman, but she is actually more on the other end of fighting and wishes for more of a peaceful world saying, “I know it sounds cheesy, but I wish we didn’t have to have an army at all.”

She went on talk about finding the right combination of being a powerful yet compassionate female hero. “We knew it was tricky. We wanted to find the balance between portraying her as confident and strong and feminine and warm,” she noted. “I didn’t want her to be a ball buster. I didn’t want her to be bossy. You can be powerful and also loving.”

The character of Wonder Woman has been around for seventy five years and has had a live-action series in the past that had an effect of the future director of the upcoming film, Patty Jenkins, who totted a Wonder Woman notebook around with her in grade school. “We all fought at recess about who was going to be Wonder Woman, because she was the only female superhero we could even think of,” Jenkins said. “So it was play Wonder Woman or be out of the game.”

Jenkins, who is a huge fan of the 1970's Superman film, believes that the same template for male driven superhero films can be applied to the female side of superhero films too. “We’ve spent years treating male heroes in certain ways,” she said. “I just applied those same tropes to her, and all these incredible radical moments suddenly appear to an audience.”

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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.

Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright as General Antiope, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, Lucy Davis as Etta Candy, David Thewlis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner and Saïd Taghmaoui. The film is directed by Patty Jenkins and written by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns, story by Zack Snyder & Allan Heinberg.

Wonder Woman is slated for release on June 2, 2017.

Source: TIME

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