Get Your First Look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman
As you’d expect, Warner Bros. and DC gave us a little treat from the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice at their Comic Con panel. In addition to showing a short clip and parading the principal heroes out on stage, we also got our first look at Gal Gadot in her Wonder Woman armour.
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Alright, here’s the picture you came here for:
Well, the first thing that jumps out at me is the utter lack of colour in that picture. I know Snyder has some aversion to vibrant colours or at least not muted colours in his films but this is just painful. If there’s no colour in Wonder Woman’s costume unless off-black and off-grey are colours.
Reddit user Taco144 posted a photoshopped version of the picture with some of the colours brightened up. If the costume has colour a bit more like this, it is workable. It looks better when it’s not shades of grey but red, blue and gold.
But as was the major concern after Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman, she still looks like a model cosplaying as Wonder Woman. Actually, that’s an insult to women who cosplay as Wonder Woman and look the part. It’s not that she isn’t built. You don’t need to bulk up like Henry Cavill or Ben Affleck (or Christian Bale previous to him) to look like Wonder Woman. A little muscle definition and tone would go a long way to making someone look at her and say, “Yes, she could kick some ass.”
The problem gets worse when next to Cavill and Batfleck. She matches them in height but she looks tiny next to the two of them. Like I said, she doesn’t have to bulk up to their size but Wonder Woman is supposed to be able to go toe-to-toe with Batman and Superman. Suspension of disbelief will only get you so far.
At this point, the only hope remaining for Zack Snyder and Gal Gadot is that she has some heretofore undiscovered acting abilities. She doesn’t look like an Amazonian princess. She’s never been a lead actress in a major production. She visually doesn’t stand up to Henry Cavill or a buffed Batfleck. Since she doesn’t look the part, she has to be able to act the part. Unfortunately, there’s very little in Zack Snyder’s directing resume to inspire confidence in that happening. Maybe it’s not to late to put Affleck in the director’s chair.