In 2016, DC Comics finally launched one of its most influential female superheroes onto the big screen in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” Though the film was not particularly well received, Gal Gadot’s performance as Wonder Woman was unforgettable. Now she is playing the role of everyone’s favorite Amazonian princess in her own self-titled megahit.
In a recent interview, Gadot discussed the importance of playing such a strong female character, and cleared up what feminism really means to her:
“Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course. I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That’s not it. For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and women choosing what we want to do. If it’s salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It’s not men vs. women or women vs. men.”
Gadot is adamant that although Wonder Woman is a feminist character, her goal on screen is not to preach about “how men should treat women or women should perceive themselves.” Instead, she says it was more about “playing oblivious to society’s rules” and challenging the obstacles women face in society. By drawing attention to them with her otherworldly innocence, she gets viewers to look at them in a new light as well.
The love story between our superheroine and Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine, had to be handled with care as well. Both Gadot and Pine wanted to avoid making either character the stereotypical “damsel in distress” or putting one in a position of control over the other. They wanted to portray two equal partners, the ideal components of a solid relationship.
The film is doing phenomenally well in theaters, with movie audiences made up of both older fans of the TV hero originally portrayed by Lynda Carter in the 70s, as well as brand new admirers (of all ages) of the lasso-wielding, bullet-defying dynamo.
Celebrate the arrival of summer by taking the whole family to the theater this weekend! Daughters, sons, hubbies, gal pals—there’s something for everyone in this action-packed blockbuster.