Wonder Woman: Gal Gadot says 'only a woman' could direct solo film

'I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way'

Clarisse Loughrey
Monday 18 July 2016 15:02

In her 75-year history, only now will Wonder Woman be coming to screens for a solo adventure.

That's a pretty monumental thing for such a pop cultural icon, and star Gal Gadot certainly believes it's essential for this story to be told from the perspective of a woman; the film placed in the hands of director Patty Jenkins, who's the first live-action female director to be granted a $100 milllion budget.

"I think it’s important," the actress told Entertainment Weekly. "It’s a story about a girl becoming a woman. I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way."

The actress also spoke about the practical differences of working with a female director; "All my life I’ve been working with male directors which I’ve really enjoyed. And I’m lucky in that I’ve worked with men who have a lot of respect for women. But working with a woman is a different experience. It feels like the communication is different. We talk about emotions."

"With Patty, it’s a thing now, we communicate with our eyes. She doesn’t need to say a thing. If I’m hurt, she feels the pain. It’s a whole different connection that I have with her. She’s also brilliant, she’s bright, she’s fierce, she’s sharp. She knows exactly what she wants Wonder Woman to be."

Indeed, Gadot seems deeply invested and connected to her role as Wonder Woman; a character that, over the years, has become deeply symbolic of many things to many women.

"I feel like Diana is really accessible," Gadot stated. "It’s very easy to relate to her. She has the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she’s curious, she’s compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess. She’s all for good, she fights for good, she believes in great. I want to be her. And in Wonder Woman, she has this naiveté in her. It isn’t stupid, it’s magical. I would want to be naïve like that again."

Elsewhere, we've been given our first real glimpse at the film's structure with the release of the first official synopsis.

Wonder Woman hits UK cinemas 2 June 2017.

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