One of the most controversial casting choices in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (besides that of Ben Affleck as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman) was that of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Since then, there's been a lot of speculation as to whether the Israeli actress is up to the challenge of embodying DC Comics’ iconic Amazon Princess.
Director Zack Snyder certainly seemed to think so when he cast the Furious 7 actress for the part. Speaking to Filmink, Snyder discussed the importance of a strong female character on the big screen, which is what Wonder Woman will bring in Batman v Superman:
“It’s an amazing opportunity to have Wonder Woman in the film. We haven’t had a female superhero of that magnitude, and it’s an amazing opportunity for the world to get behind an amazing, powerful female character. I’m happy that we have the opportunity to do that. Half of my movies have female leads…maybe that’s because I have so many strong women in my life. I’m not in the least surprised by a strong female superhero. I’m shocked that it hasn’t happened sooner. By the way, I highly recommend Jill Lepore’s book, The Secret History Of Wonder Woman, if you haven’t read it; it’s amazing, and truly epic.”
I'm glad to see Snyder recognizes the importance of adding Wonder Woman in their Cinematic Universe! After all, this will mark the first time Diana of Themyscira will make her long-awaited debut on the big screen. Better make it count! Snyder then talked about how hard it was to cast Wonder Woman, touching upon the characteristics important to him in the casting process.
“We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine. But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around. And by the way, she really held her own with Ben in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’ That was a good sign, because Ben is very tough in the scene, and he’s big and commanding. Anytime that you’re doing a test like that and you’re looking at the other person, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, that’s good stuff.’ That was part of the process, and over time as we got to know Gal, we found out how amazing she is.”
The director said they saw and interviewed hundreds of hopeful actresses for the role — which he says was an exhausting process — but they actually tested six actresses in the final test. As for how much screen time the character will get in the superhero movie, Snyder said Wonder Woman doesn’t have that much of a big role:
“No, she has a cameo in this movie. No, actually...it’s bigger than a cameo. She comes in and does something.”
Well, that’s a tad disappointing, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see what that “something” is. Snyder then touched upon her out-of-the-blue appearance in the trailer where the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight make a joke when she suddenly shows up during their battle with Doomsday.
“The ‘Is she with you?’ joke at the end of the trailer? You have to see the movie, because it gears into the drama of what’s happening, and if you see it in the context of the film, it completely makes sense that the two of them were trying to figure out who she is…”
As for the dynamic DC’s Holy Trinity will have in the movie, Snyder said, “Well, they’re forced together, which you get a sense of from the trailer. They’re forced to work together.” Now, doesn’t that sound like the beginning of a beautiful friendship?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters on March 25.