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admin / March 27th, 2016   Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot is losing her voice. “I sound like a frog, I’m sorry,” she croaks. Her strained vocals are perhaps not surprising, considering her recent schedule. Between shooting the Wonder Woman film in London and hopping between Los Angeles (for meetings) and Tel Aviv (her home town), she is drawing to the end of a mammoth world press tour for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Gadot makes her Diana Prince/Wonder Woman debut in the film, appearing in just a handful of scenes.

The film has had mixed reviews. Gadot has not. The Guardian hailed her as the “best thing in the movie”; Forbes said that “we only get enough Wonder Woman to leave us wanting more”; and the entertainment website The Wrap said it was she alone who “injects some real vitality into the sludgy, superhero sameness”. The praise, in part, is because Wonder Woman is not objectified or in need of saving. There are no love scenes and, while she might appear seductive opposite Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman, she trumps him at every opportunity, kicking the bad guys into touch with assistance from her signature lasso.

She’s now a few months into shooting Wonder Woman, the original story of how Princess Diana Prince became the titular warrior goddess. The internet was buzzing about the film when an official picture was released showing House of Cards’ Robin Wright in full military garb as Diana’s warrior aunt. Director Patty Jenkins excitedly tweeted that “lots of great, diverse characters” were to come. It will be the first time a female superhero has ever been given her own standalone film.

Gadot will go on to repeat her role in the next two DC Comics epic instalments: parts one and two of The Justice League. It was being a role model that made Gadot, who will be 31 next month, so thrilled to play the part, despite its six-year commitment. “I loved the idea of portraying this strong woman. She’s all about love, equality, truth, compassion and justice – but she has an edge,” says Gadot. “It’s important to me that men, women, boys and girls can relate to her, especially my own daughter. I want her to see that women can be superheroes too. I want her to believe that everything is possible,” said Gadot of four-year-old Alma, whose father is Gadot’s husband, Israeli property developer Yaron Varsano.

Batman v Superman’s director, Zack Snyder, cast Gadot in 2013, since when she’s risen from relative obscurity to the brink of global celebrity. Between 2009 and 2015 she played the motorcycling badass Gisele in four of the Fast and Furious films, her first Hollywood job, in which she performed several of her own stunts. Before going into acting, she was a model – at 18 she won the Miss Israel contest – and served two years before that as a combat trainer in the Israeli Defence Force. How many Hollywood actresses have earned both a military badge and a tiara?

Read More: Guardian