Monday, July 28, 2014

Gal Gadot and Wonder Woman


The first image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman has been released, and look at that! She looks like Wonder Woman! My only complaint is the that costume is a bit too dark. My only concerns are wanting Justice League to be an awesome movie, and hope that all of these actors coming together put forth their best effort into their respective characters.

I'm having a very hard time understanding why so many people are hung up an Gal's height, her muscle tone and definition, her weight, and not surprising, at all her chest size. Why? What does it matter? All that should matter is that she has the acting skills to play a convincing Wonder Woman.

The people clamoring for Gina Carano, and other athletes and actresses, please find a way to get over it. There isn't a huge size and tone difference between the two of them. Look at other female athletes. Look at American Ninja's Kacy Catanzaro. There isn't anything in gal's physical stature that says to me, "No, this woman cannot be Wonder Woman, let alone a convincing one." Even Lynda Carter wasn't overly toned or muscular.

What the hell is wrong with the fan base? You've been asking for Wonder Woman to be on the big screen for years. Well, her she is and all you can do is complain about her size. What happened to being glad that it's finally happening? What happened to leaving final judgement for after we see how well Gal Gadot performs in the film. I don't get it.

When I see casting news for these characters, I may say, well, that's not how I pictured it. I'm not moaning over analyzing the choice, saying that it sucks and the movie is going to stink because of it. I get not being happy with a how a character is cast, but when is enough enough? Why can't we just celebrate that we're getting all of these movies in the first place? We can gripe later if they're bad movies.

It's going to be fine folks. Settle down and just be glad that even get to have this movie. If it turns out I'm wrong, okay, I'll admit I was wrong, but I doubt that will be the case.

 
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6 comments:

  1. I'm going to have to disagree with you on this one pally. We as fans have the right to envision a character as we wish. To say just get over it is not fair to the fan base. When I see this picture I am just not impressed. Now does this mean I won't give the movie a chance? No, now that is just silly. To me this is no different than the Batman issue with Kilmer and Clooney. Kilmer made a good Batman and bad Bruce Wayne and vice versa for Clooney. Together they would have made a great Batman. To me Wonder Woman has to be right and she doesn't feel right to me.

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    1. Maybe the problem isn't with Gal Gadot. Maybe the problem lies with how Wonder Woman has been depicted over the last 30 years or so. Compare how Wonder Woman is portatryed today to the Wonder Woman of 1994, 1984, 1974, 1964 and so on. They're almost completely diffrent characters none of which would carry the baggage we put on the character and the actress cast for the part like we do today. If a young Lynda Carter was cast for Wonder Woman today, do you think that choice wouldn't be getting grilled right now?

      Yes, Gal Gadot is thin, but honestly there is not huge difference in the physical stature between her and the other ladies people have mentioned for the part. If Warner Brothers didn't think she could do a good job they wouldn't have chose her for the part. Gina Carano doesn't any more of an impressive list of acting credits than Gadot does.

      I'm just hugely disappointed that as fans we can't get over our hangups and just be glad that we have the movie and celebrate it. That doesn't invalidate wanting the source material to be cast and depicted as closely as possible, but we have to understand that with some these characters, it's not possible.

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    2. I undertsand doubts people have based on her acting skills, she doesn't have a huge list of credits. I just don't get the complaints on her appearance and size, that shouldn't matter. All that should matter is that she can act the part well.

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  2. I get what you're saying. For me, as I said in the Podcast it's not necessarily her size, but rather the overall package. You are right about how different she has been drawn over the years. For me she doesn't have to be a bodybuilder to be a good Wonder Woman. For me when I see her in the garb she just doesn't strike me as Amazonian. Unfortunately that is just the best explanation I can give. I will give her a chance and I agree the fans should to. I just think that you're being a bit to harsh. Complainers are going to do just that.

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  3. See, that I get, the overall package as Gal is mostly an unkown. I was bombarded by people at work who've seen the picture and could do nothing but complain about her physical attributes and of course the internet is its own monster altogether.

    It's comments like "Well, I/We just don't like her." And when you ask why, its because she's not buff or atheletic enough, or tall enough or whatever reason. Well who the hell could they get to shut everybody up? Not Gina Carano, she isn't any taller than Gal. And not a 20something Lynda Carter. If you look close at that picture you can see muscle tone in her arms, and there have been reports of her working out and adding pounds of muscle for the role.

    And let's be honest, it's not a great photo to begin with. They're really just getting started, they did some filming with Ben and Henry but none yet with Gal. The Gal in that photo may not be the same Gal we see in the final movie.

    I know I'm hung up on trying to figure this out from the complainers point of view. And they're entitled to have an opinion, but when that opinion is 'I just don't like her," that's not an opinion. That's just a trollish douchebag comment and I'm letting the trolls get to me.

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