Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot calls for more female superheroes in Twitter Q&A

Gadot's iteration of the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice marks the feminist icon's first foray onto the big screen

Clarisse Loughrey
Wednesday 30 March 2016 08:18

Gal Gadot's arrival as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw the big screen debut of one of DC comics' most iconic centrepieces; though why it's taken the 75 years since her invention to do so only reveals Hollywood's mortifying lack of faith in female-led properties.

Which, hopefully, is all about to change. It was Gadot's character who turned out to be Batman v Superman's biggest draw for audiences, with a Wonder Woman solo film set on the horizon marking the first female-led superhero film of this new age of "cinematic universes".

During a Twitter Q&A, Gadot underlined Wonder Woman's own importance in the cinematic sphere and the dire need for a larger range of female superheroes on both Marvel and DC's slates; following a fan's query on what it feels like to be a role model for so many girls.

Elsewhere, Gadot elaborated on how Wonder Woman will more fully explore her character's nature; highlighting that she's a hero who stands by her beliefs in "compassion, love, truth, justice, equality"; whilst also showing a richness and vulnerability. It sounds like a refreshing departure from the usual tropes of women in the superhero genre: categorised either as hapless damsels or soulless, kick-ass seductresses.

The first image of Wonder Woman alongside her Amazon compatriots was recently released; with Wonder Woman set to hit US cinemas 23 June 2017.

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