It looks like we may still have a long way to go in the area of women, body image issues, and the media.
The minute Israeli actress Gal Gadot was announced as Wonder Woman in 2015’s Superman/Batman Man of Steel sequel, her more supermodel-esque lean body type became the focal point for a lot of hardcore comic book fans. But this time the chatter was focused on her being too skinny for the role of the traditionally more muscular Amazonian warrior.
Now Gadot has spoken out on the issue, with some good humor to boot.
Speaking recently to Israeli’s Good Evening with Gai Pines (think Entertainment Tonight in Hebrew, see below) and translated by BatmanNewsCom, Gadot took the issue head-on.
“I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world," she responded according to BatmanNews' translation, when told directly that it’s been said she’s too skinny for the role, that Wonder Woman is large-breasted, and then asked directly if ‘that’ will change.
"Breasts...” she continued, “Anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine."
"Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast,” Gadot went on, slyly referring to Greek Amazonian mythology. “So, if I'd really go 'by the book,' it'd be problematic."
Take that movie adaptation literalists!
Joking aside, however, Gadot did reportedly promise to gain body mass for the role.
"It's the physical preparations that I'm starting now. A very serious training regimen - Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, Jujutsu, Brazilian... 1,000 and one things. I'll gain body mass,” she promised to the relief of thousands of fanboys worldwide.
The still-untitled Man of Steel sequel is scheduled for a July 17, 2015 release.