It is now less than two years until “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” will hit theaters. The first picture of Ben Afleck as Batman has helped to assuage some of the worries concerning his casting, because at the very least, many fans appear happy with the character’s look. The new character we have yet to see is Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and although no official pictures have been released yet fans and blogs have been quick to collect images of Gadot on and off set over the past few months.
I have never seen Gadot in any films aside from three in the Fast and Furious Series. Her lines were few and far in between, and she was a black hole of charisma whenever she did get the chance to speak. Then again, I also thought Henry Cavill was terrible in “Immortals” but he impressed me with his portrayal of Superman. Perhaps I can wait until the film is released before I judge Gadot’s acting.
Another issue with Gadot’s casting is her physique. Looks are not everything when it comes to a role, but certain roles do, or should, require a certain look. Cavill bulked up for Superman and it looks like Afleck is doing the same for Batman. Then there’s Gal Gadot. In Fast Five, the filmmakers made sure to fit in a scene of Gadot in a bikini in order to appeal to the horny male audience who buys tickets with their dicks. Instead of being pleased by the view, I could not help but focus on how thin Gadot was. She is after all a runway model, a woman that embodies the stick thin ideal many impressionable and insecure girls aspire to. I am not blaming Gadot for what the media perpetuates, nor am I saying anything is inherently wrong with the way she looks. However, playing an Amazon warrior does require a different physique.
Before I go any further, let me clarify that I am not referring to her breast size. A lot of Gadot defenders will jump to the straw man tactic of saying we are putting an unrealistic standard on her, since she can’t have D cups like WW has in the comics. Of course not. Every super heroine has large breasts and a huge ass in the comics, no one will be disappointed simply because Gadot can put on more weight in certain areas. Let me be clear, I am talking about her weight gain in the arms, torso and legs. Obviously I realize Wonder Woman’s physical strength is not in relation to her size. However she is always depicted as having a body forged by years of battling enemies. Many opposers will select the few comics that show WW as skinnier in order to argue that Gadot looks fine, but many comics do show WW as a more muscular, but still feminine and attractive figure.
Gadot has made some improvements since she began training for the role, but all recent photos indicate she will still have a stick thin figure going into filming. The film is not released for two years, but we must remember that filming has already begun and post-production will take several months to complete. Maybe Gadot will continue training for several more months and I will be proven wrong, we shall see. Yet I do not believe that is the case. I believe Hollywood will stick with its trend of showing dainty, stick thin girls as its action heroes in order to perpetuate the stereotypical image of feminine beauty created by the media.
Below is the imdb discussion that sparked my desire to write this piece ( I am nightcal)
You will see that the “BadNewsRocky14” has the perception that a figure like Gadot’s in this pic is ideal.
Gadot has gained weight but is still womanly, not “brutish” like the hideous Jessica Biel.
Looking over other posts, especially the first three on that imdb page, also reveals that many posters do not support Gadot because they believe she has the physique of an Amazonian warrior, or because she is a great actor. They just think she’s hot and want to bang her.
I do not mean to say I can judge an entire society by imdb boards, in many ways internet discussions attract the cesspool of humanity. However, this post exemplifies Hollywood’s approach to action stars. Hollywood wants to put a girl on screen that guys will want to drool over and bang. Yet they realize that if you actually make a girl get “brutish” then she may not attract the men used to seeing daintier figures. So instead of getting women who look like fighters or athletes, we get stick thin sex objects showing off girl power with improbable fight scenes. “Colombiana” was the biggest offender in recent memory.
Take a look at this picture of former WMMA fighter, Gina Carano( I did not want Carano as Wonder Woman. She was a favourite for fan casting but also does not have the acting chops for the role):
Her body is what many fans had in mind for the role. In my opinion, it is still womanly and attractive, while also athletic and powerful. The issue is that many men and women have been conditioned to see such a figure as a grotesque or unattractive one. This is why you get women who refuse to lift weights at the gym since they think they will turn into the female bodybuilders from doing a few curls.
No one is asking for Gadot to look that big. We are also not saying she is ugly, another common misconception. I simply hope that with this post I can help even one person expand their mind and realize that Gadot can gain more weight for her role and still maintain her “womanly beauty”.