It has come to my attention that a lot of people think Gal Gadot is too small/skinny/inexperienced/wrong/whatever to be Wonder Woman.
Allow me to put your mind at ease:
1) Body building is a thing. Six months of a personal trainer every day, tripling her caloric intake and lifting heavy for the first five months, then cutting for the last month, and she could be pretty darn impressive. That’s what happened with Cavill. And Bale. And Maguire. And any other superhero actor you care to mention.
I mean sheesh, the director (Zach Snyder) did 300. Do you have any idea how hard he worked his actors for those roles? Just the thought of Gerard Butler’s chiseled abs makes my stomach hurt. But I digress.
2) Gadot is former military–from the Israeli army, no less. Not only is he probably very accustomed to workout regimens, but she definitely has the discipline. And the skills.
3) Stop body shaming. It’s just dumb.
Gadot is the shape she is because *that’s what Hollywood demands* of actresses. It doesn’t tolerate softness. It doesn’t find muscle beautiful. All it wants is skinny waifs. And that’s incredibly stupid.
I hope Gadot puts on 30 pounds of muscle and keeps it. Or not, as she wants. But regardless, it should be her choice, and we should respect that.
4) Remember what we said about Heath Ledger as the Joker, or about Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Remember how those turned out? Give the woman a chance.
And even if all else fails, it can’t possibly be as bad as the 2011 WW TV show, right?
5) Instead of focusing on something as trivial and superficial as “ooh, these pictures make her look way too skinny for the role!” why don’t we talk about the actual challenges Wonder Woman faces on the screen?
- A DC Comics administration that can’t handle female characters
- A director who thought Sucker Punch was “empowering”
- A trip to Hollywood which is notorious for its inability to portray women in action roles effectively
- A movie that makes her play third fiddle to SUPERMAN and BATMAN–not only is the script already against her, but she has to deal with those two iconic white guys
- A schizophrenic media that focuses on how an actress looks rather than how she acts.
(You know, for instance.)
Instead of participating in the “setting her up for failure” ploy, let’s try and exercise some common sense and positivity. After all, we’re seeing Wonder Woman on the screen! Let’s try and celebrate that, rather than tear it down.
To summarize, in the words of the Wonder herself, to anybody trying to put down any woman as too skinny, too fat, too weak, or too anything:
“I crush body shamers like you on my way to real problems.”
(* Not an actual Wonder Woman quote, but it damn well should be.)