In a world filled with superheroes, Wonder Woman stands above her contemporaries as a bonafide icon. While heroes such as Batman and Superman derive limelight from their fantastical stories, Wonder Woman compliments her action-packed adventures with unapologetic social commentary. From war to race, the legendary DC Comics heroine has tackled it all, and the character continues to act as a women’s right advocate after more than 70 years.
This summer, Wonder Woman is set to bring about a renaissance of female empowerment when the heroine’s first live-action solo film hits theaters. Gal Gadot will reprise her role as Diana in the origin tale, and the actress has openly praised Wonder Woman for her progressive work as a feminist icon. Speaking to ComicBook.com, the star took a moment to explain just how the fierce hero has upheld her mantle as everyone’s favorite female hero.
When asked why Wonder Woman stands as a feminist icon, Gadot had plenty to say.”She doesn't see the difference any gender difference, it's not even an issue,” the actress began. “She comes from this point where men and woman are equal and it's not a thing to be a man or to be a woman.”
Taking a moment, Gadot then explained why she felt a feminist icon like Wonder Woman was so need these days. With superhero populating the entertainment industry, female representation has become a battle as fans petition studios to bring more women to the screen. Nodding to the on-going debacle, Gadot said she saw how needed Wonder Woman was after she put her daughter to bed one night.
“I put her to bed. I was reading her a story and it was princesses and Ariel the mermaid ... And then she was talking about the prince. She called him the prince, and she said, ‘Yeah, the prince, they're usually very strong.’”
However, when asked about princesses, Gadot’s daughter said they were weak when they should instead be strong.
“I feel very proud that finally this movie's being made, because ... All of you guys, all men, all boys, always have a figure to look up to whether it's Superman, or Batman, or Spider-Man, or whatever it is they always had heroes to look up to,” Gadot continued.
“Girls, it's always the princesses. We're being saved, we're being passive, and finally Wonder Woman. She's fierce, she's proactive, she believes in herself, she believes through everything and that's a true moment for me.
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, Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, 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, directed by Patty Jenkins and starring Gal Gadot as Diana, Princess of Themyscira, is in post-production now for a June 2, 2017 release. If you are excited for the movie, then let us know below by rating it with our Anticipation Rankings! It is currently #13 on all of ComicBook!