Gal Gadot Says They Kept ‘Wonder Woman’ Simple, Discusses the Character’s Sexuality
Although fans have seen plenty of recent disappointments in the DC cinematic universe’s latest offerings, we’re all holding out hope for next summer’s Wonder Woman. She was one of the better parts of Batman v. Superman, and her solo film’s fantastic trailer starring Gal Gadot shook up the San Diego Comic Con in July. For the upcoming 75th anniversary of the character, Gadot talked a bit about her new movie and how director Patty Jenkins chose to tell a simple story.
Gadot spoke with Variety about the highly anticipated film and how she appreciated having a female director at the helm:
I don’t think it’s a gender kind of thing. Maybe because we’re telling a story of a girl growing up and becoming a woman, it’s easier for it to be told by someone who was once a girl and became a woman. I feel like Patty Jenkins was the right person for the movie because she was the right person for the movie. She knew exactly how she wanted to tell her story. She knew exactly what she wanted to get. She’s brilliant and smart and so passionate.
As to Jenkins’ vision, Gadot said:
For her it was very important to not just portray her as a goddess, but to tell a very simple story of someone who believes in good and believes that people should be happy and lead safe, happy lives. We cared a lot about simplifying Wonder Woman’s agenda, because it is simple. It was her heart that we cared about, not her being this warrior. When you tell a story from the heart, all of us can relate, because all of us want to live in a safe, quiet, and peaceful world.
Greg Rucka, who has written Wonder Woman comics since the early 2000s, recently said he thinks it’s probably not that much of a stretch for Diana Prince to be bisexual, having grown up around women her entire life. Gadot said she agrees with his interpretation of the character, but her probable queerness isn’t addressed in this film.
It’s not something we’ve explored. It never came to the table, but when you talk theoretically about all the women on Themyscira and how many years she was there, then what he said makes sense. In this movie she does not experience any bisexual relationships. But it’s not about that. She’s a woman who loves people for who they are. She can be bisexual. She loves people for their hearts.
So, what’s Gal Gadot’s favorite Wonder Woman weapon?
I like the lasso of truth. There is something so beautiful about the fact that people have to tell the truth when they have the lasso around them. And it’s not too violent.
Wonder Woman is a warrior, but more than that she’s a crusader for truth and justice. The United Nations even announced today that she would become an honorary ambassador — not any of the actresses who’ve played her: Wonder Woman herself will become an honorary advocate for gender equality and female empowerment. Gal Gadot sounds like she has a deep understanding of her character, and we can’t wait to see her on the big screen next summer.