When it comes to portrayals of fan-favorite characters, the desire to see a “worthy” actor or actress play that role sometimes outweighs the patience to just see the film and form ones opinion then.
This has happened many times in comic book movies and shows. Most recently, and famously, is the case of Wonder Woman, who will be played in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice by Gal Gadot. Many think that Gadot isn’t the right type of actress to play the Amazon Warrior Princess.
Zack Snyder, the director of the film, however believes that Gadot is perfect for the role, as he revealed to Film Ink how she got the part:
“We tested a bunch of actresses, as you can imagine,” said Snyder, later elaborating that they screen-tested at least six people for the part. “But the thing with Gal is that she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for. She can get serious, but she’s amazingly fun to be around. And by the way, she really held her own with Ben in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’ That was a good sign, because Ben is very tough in the scene, and he’s big and commanding. Anytime that you’re doing a test like that and you’re looking at the other person, you’re thinking, ‘Okay, that’s good stuff.’ That was part of the process, and over time as we got to know Gal, we found out how amazing she is.”
Obviously, this won’t change everyone’s opinion, but I think its worth noting that we have questioned numerous casting choices in DC and Marvel films, and have been surprised with the result. Should we give Gal Gadot the same chance?
Wonder Woman arrives in Batman V Superman on March 25th.