The first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the upcoming “Batman Versus Superman” film has hit the web, and it is seriously hardcore.
Gadot, an actress and model who found fame first as an Israeli print and runway model and then in the “Fast and the Furious” films, will star as the lasso-wielding ingenue in the much-anticipated Zack Snyder film, which is currently in production in Detroit but isn’t expected to hit theaters for another two years.
Fans of the superhero franchise have been breathlessly awaiting photographs of the cast, which includes Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, in costume. On Saturday, at the mega-comic conference Comic-Con in San Diego, Snyder gave them a taste with a mini-teaser of the film and three pics, one of which shows Gadot decked out in full breastplate and armor.
— Zack Snyder (@ZackSnyder) July 26, 2014
When Gadot was first cast as Wonder Woman, beating out a bevy of Hollywood beauties to land the coveted role, fan reaction was split: Some felt she was an excellent choice, while others felt she was too lithe and skinny to play the Amazonian warrior princess.
Reaction online to the pic, however, seems strong: Thanks to her armored bodice, Gadot fills out the costume, and fans instead have busied themselves with complaining about the lack of color in her costume, or the fact that she is protecting the universe while wearing heels rather than flats.
On Friday night, at the start of the Jewish Sabbath, Gadot herself posted a photo, one that was entirely free of Hollywood fanfare and instead quite heartfelt: She showed herself lighting traditional Shabbat candles with her daughter and offering a prayer for peace. Below the photo on Facebook is the caption:
— Gal Gadot (@GalGadot) July 25, 2014
I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children…We shall overcome!!! Shabbat Shalom! #weareright #freegazafromhamas #stopterror #coexistance #loveidf