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Can everyone please stop complaining about Gal Gadot’s body

gal gadot wonder woman bodyGal Gadot aka our Wonder Woman, recently spoke about the backlash surrounding her body, after she was cast as the Amazonian Queen. Now I get it, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck have comic book bodies fitting for Superman and Batman, so it’s disappointing Gal doesn’t have the Amazonian physique, but at the same time, who cares!

So Gal Gadot has come out talking about the backlash regarding her body. She basically said that she’s heard the complaints about her skinnyness all throughout her life and she’s used to it now, but also goes on to say “I don’t like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims. I always thought that if I could send out a message, I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations. I get to play the strongest most empowering woman ever – Wonder Woman. I’m so grateful and I thank God every day. I want to devour it and enjoy every bite.”

With her recent comments, I have seen about a thousand different hate messages directed at Gal and her body. And it’s ridiculous! Yes she’s not as big as Wonder Woman is often portrayed, but the particular image of Wonder Woman many people have in their minds is pretty unattainable. Sometimes Wonder Woman is depicted as bigger, sometimes more slender.wonder woman justice league animated series

So we can all whinge, bitch and moan as much as we like, but Wonder Woman gets her powers from the Gods anyways, so this conversation is slightly redundant.

And this conversation is focused on the wrong thing, who cares about how big Gal’s boobs are, what we should be talking about is her acting ability. In another recent interview about her role as Wonder Woman, Gal went on to say, “She has unbelievable endurance. She is exceptionally strong. She can jump really high and practically fly. She know tons of martial arts styles”.

Most of Gal’s comments have had to do with her physical ability, about how Wonder Woman will be such a great fighter in Batman v Superman. This is what concerns me. Gal’s acting abilities haven’t really been proven yet, but to be fair my only exposure of her comes from the Fast and Furious franchise, and the single lines she’s had on Entourage and Date Night (her one line in Entourage was beyond terrible though).

I’m concerned that the cinematic universe will place little focus on Wonder Woman’s personality, and just make her a two-dimensional action star, who can fight real good, but not much else. And that would be a serious disservice to the character, because Wonder Woman is more than just someone who can punch and kick hard.

gal gadot wonder woman abilitiesSo I can’t say I’m too confident Gal Gadot will get the heart of the character. I believe very strongly that visually she will be a great Wonder Woman. I’m sure her action sequences will be great, but what about character moments?

Gal Gadot will be appearing in a couple of films this year, so hopefully we’ll get a greater sense of her acting abilities from that. I guess I gotta trust that Warner Bros cast her for a reason, with part of that reason being, she can actually act!

But yeah, let’s stop talking about her body. Every time a female actress is cast in a superhero movie, our first point of conversation (and only point of conversation), shouldn’t be her body.

Anyways, what do you think? Are you convinced about Gal Gadot’s casting yet? Let me know!

 

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  1. I think Gal Gadot is a great choice to play Wonder Woman. Very sad to read about this backlash about her physical ability / appearance, glad she’s spoken out about it. I’m sure her performance as Wonder Woman will be fantastic, and all the doubters will have to eat their words.

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  2. It’s kind of a double edge sword for me. It’s idiotic that people are making a big deal about her physicality. Who cares? But thinness is the only image projected in mass media so why the recent backlash? I mean, you’re the comic expert, are there any superheroines that aren’t objectified fantasies of the feminine form? Aren’t all superheroes mostly attractive people and the baddies ugly? To me that’s seems more f’d up. I don’t think a beautiful image is inherently shallow for being beautiful, but it does raise the question of the definition of beauty. Like I said, I’m conflicted haha

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    • Great comment! And you’re right, most superheroes, female and male, are the glorified ideals of physical human perfection. Really no matter who was playing Wonder Woman, people would have found something to complain about, because the image of WW in the comics is unattainable in the real world, but for some reason, people think that the actress playing her should be look perfect like WW, which is stupid

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      • Theres no need to worry about gal gadot. She will be an ambassador, snyder will show some quiet and professional scenes with her. As far as action goes that will be well done, snyder is a master at making females look awesome in action.

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      • I hope you’re right! I’m sure Snyder will nail the action, it’s just the dialogue I’m a little concerned about, but hopefully she’s awesome 🙂

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  3. I have never seen the actress in anything, plus, I firmly believe that you have to see an actor in at the very least five different roles to make a sound judgement of their abilities (unless, naturally they play a bunch of different clones in one show). So I reserve my judgement. I admit, I am worried, but at least half-away confident that Marvel is secure enough in their own universe that even if Wonder Woman fails, they will go forward with Captain Marvel. And one of those movies just HAS to be good.
    The whole discussion is doubly idiotic if one remembers who the last actress who played the role was, and how she looked like. One certainly doesn’t need to be a living statue to be a convincing Wonder Woman. All one needs is the right screen presence…and gender.

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    • Haha yes unless you’re Tatiana, you do need to see them in more roles to see how good they are. Oh I 100% believe Marvel will still go through with the Captain Marvel film, and there are already rumours of her appearing in Age of Ultron, showing that they are confident in moving forward with her. But yeah people have unrealistic expectations, and as long as she can act convincingly in the role, I’m happy

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  4. I just find it silly how anyone can criticise actors/actresses before the films they star in have even been released. I understand that people are predicting these stars to do badly judged upon previous roles, physical appearance, etc but how about just keeping an open mind before the film comes out. I still don’t see how people are angry over Affleck as the new Batman… wait until 2016….then make your judgments. The guys auditioning these actors have obviously seen something that truly works and stands out….that’s good enough for me!

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    • Well said! People aren’t even willing to give these people a chance, they will go into the movie hating them and won’t enjoy it. They need to learn to actually wait until we see something to make an informed judgement instead of jumping to conclusions

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  5. I didn’t even know this was a thing until yesterday when I stumbled on an article. And honestly people, do you have nothing better to do than to criticize someone for not having the exact right body you had in mind for Wonder Woman? I think Gal Gadot looks fine for the part. That doesn’t mean I’ll see Batman vs. Superman (I hated Man of Steel and I don’t have much faith in Ben Afflek as Batman so I probably won’t see it), but if they do release the Wonder Woman movie with her, I’d give it a chance.

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  6. She doesn’t look bad; I have a hard time seeing her as Wonder Woman, but then that’s because I’ve grown up seeing her with a very specific sort of design, (somewhere between the comics and Lynda Carter), so I know I’ll have to get used to her version. That said, I’m also concerned about her acting, as I’ve seen no evidence that she can (but no evidence that she can’t either). This is DC’s one chance to get a quality female superhero franchise going, so if they blow this, it’ll be a while before we see Hollywood take a “risk” like that again, at least until Midas-touch Marvel gives us Captain Marvel. Oh, and my real problem is that DC’s sucked the color out of everything again. Can we get a suit that actually shows off the red and blue instead of bronzing it all?

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    • Yeah her acting ability is the only thing that concerns me. But apparently she tested with affleck and he liked her so that gives me some hope
      As for the colour, all these images have been heavily edited so I’m hoping in the actual movie they just give us the real colours

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  7. Before any of the internet hoopla and non-news that makes us the usual BS to keep people mindless clicking links to things (and I am not suggesting this article is that, this is more commenting on that) my first thought was “Gal Gadot, she was terrible in those Fast and Furious films, and I LOVE those films. I’m no cinema snob, Iove the films Hitchcock and John Ford as much as I love Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Tarantino’s Django and friends.

    To me, all a movie or TV has to do to succeed is entertain me on some level. It may be through story and impeccable dialogue, it may be through what will happen next 24 and Dexter style thrills and spills, it could be a slow burner like The Wire or any flick by P. T. Anderson (There will be Blood etc), it could be a brain-fart head scratcher like PI or Inception or The Day the Earth Stood Still (the original thanks), or it could be a visual effects, stunts and visceral smack down like the Avengers, James Bond or Crank. At the end of the day I don’t care.

    Gal Godot’s film roles so far seem to be a forgettable pretty face with bugger all acting talent.

    But behind that face is a human being, and I see no sense in hating on anyone for any film role. you can despise the film and the role but admire the person. Or loathe the person but admire their talent or any combination thereof.

    Frankly I am excited about the visual punch of Snyder’s Batman/Superman film, but I am not hopeful that the story will be anything other than boring, generic and predictable, and I say that as a fan of Snyder’s films and his style. Snyder is good at what he does, but what he does is very limited to a niche audience.

    His films have a visual flair to them as he understands physicality on screen like few directors do. Why? Because he works out, and anyone who lifts heavy, or does martial arts or Yoga or whatever and speaks their truth on film will integrate that physicality into their films, in this sense, there is no other American mainstream directors who can do what he can do.

    His stories are simplistic and predictable, but the action spectacle he puts up on the silver screen speaks to that ancient and primal lizard brain in all human beings that we get, you FEEL his movies as a hyper-kinetic barrage of violence and mayhem whether you intellectually agree with the ideas portrayed or not. While Snyder is not the Jack Kirby of cinema, he creates films with visual flair and punch that you feel in the pit of your stomach, something few directors outside of Hon Kong action cinemas are capable of doing.

    Gal Godot as wonder woman? Not my pick. I would rather see a more physically robust woman play the strongest most physical female action warrior hero and ambassador of love and peace the world has seen in the last one hundred years. I don’t know any actresses who actually could embody wonder woman on screen, there are none that come to mind.

    A relative unknown has a better chance than a name actor as they are relatively free of the baggage of former roles.

    The BVS film will be good, but I don’t expect it will be great going by Snyder’s of other films.

    Fun but forgettable summer blockbuster would sum it up. And that is fine, nobody expects BVS to be be a fucking Goddard film or a Hitchcock film or even a BOND film.

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