Gal Gadot gets to act out the fantasy of countless little girls and grown-ass women by playing Wonder Woman, first in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and eventually in Wonder Woman, The Justice League Part One, and The Justice League Part One. Before we see a single frame of her Diana in action, already she’s faced backlash. The basic complaint: Gadot’s too skinny to be Wonder Woman.
Backlash has become a predictable part on superhero casting. But Gadot isn’t sweating the haters. She tells Robot Underdog:
“They said that I was too skinny and my boobs were too small [Laughs]… After they asked me here, In Israel, if I have eating disorders and why am I so skinny - they said my head was too big and my body was like a broomstick - I can take anything. It’s just empty talk. I understand that part of what I’m doing means being exposed. And part of being exposed is being under fire.
“When I was younger I would take criticism really hard. But now it mostly amuses me. The true amazons had one boob so it wouldn’t bother them in their archery. So it’s not going to be like real amazons. We always try to make everyone happy but we can’t.”
Personally, I’m on board for Gadot as Wonder Woman. Yes, she’s slimmer than the versions I’m accustomed to from comics and the animated series. But she won and broke my heart as the fierce and fearless Gisele of Fast & Furious 6. She played powerful and complex with little screentime. I’m on board to see what she can do with more. So, Gadot’s not my concern for Wonder Woman. Now, Zack “Suckerpunch is not sexist, it’s empowering” Snyder, that’s another matter…