March 7, 2017


Future Women's History Month: Gal Gadot Reinvents the Superhero Status Quo

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Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Fuse is celebrating Women's History Month by looking at a variety of rising forces who are creating Future Women's History before our eyes. Today we are honoring Gal Gadot, who steadily became a performer to be reckoned with in the superhero world.

We were first introduced to the Israeli actress in 2009, when she made her acting debut in Fast & Furious as the sensual and intimidating Gisele Yashar. Since then, Gadot has appeared in Date Night, Knight and Day, Triple 9, as well as reprising her role in the fifth and sixth installments in The Fast & Furious franchise. But the actress truly shot into big Hollywood stardom when she transformed into the powerful Wonder Woman.

Gadot officially put on the iconic bustier, indestructible bracelets and shield for 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The DC film allowed the actress to shine even more, as she was able to showcase her Amazonian determination, stoicism and grace—which also reflected her two years of being a soldier for the Israel Defense Forces.

She finally secured her own solo live-action Wonder Woman movie (out June 2) and is set to appear in this November's Justice League. Both made our list of most anticipated films in 2017. It's about time the superhero received a standalone project, and what makes it even better is that it's also directed by a woman. Patty Jenkins, who gave us 2003's Monster, returns to helm her first film in 14 years. Seeing a female superhero front a mega blockbuster that is backed by a fellow female is nothing short of inspiring for young girls everywhere who always dreamed of being Wonder Woman.

One of the most commendable qualities about this modern superhero is that she is fluid with her sexuality, reflecting the openness of our new generation. Last fall, DC Comics writer Greg Rucka stated that Princess Diana of Themyscira is queer. "But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist," he told Comicosity. "Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes."

Gadot also perfectly explained it in a recent interview with the London press:

First of all, she doesn’t see that difference between any gender difference. It’s not even an issue, you know. She comes from this world where men and women are equal and it’s not a thing to be a man or to be a woman. She sees, she feels that she can do everything and she will go for it. She’s a peace seeker; she wouldn’t go and look to start a battle or a fight. She would try to solve it in any other different way, but I think that’s what’s beautiful about Wonder Woman, is that she’s, it’s funny, because I just had the conversation with my daughter two nights ago. I put her to bed and I was reading her a story and it was about princesses and Ariel the mermaid, whatever, and then she was talking about the prince, the guy, she called him the prince, and she said, “Yeah, and the prince, they’re usually very strong.”

And I asked her, “And what about the princesses?” “They’re weak.” “And how do you think they should be, Alma? (My daughter’s name is Alma.)” She said, “They should be strong. They should be strong,” and I feel very proud that finally this movie is being made, because all of you guys, all men and all boys, always had a figure to look up to, whether it’s Superman or Batman or Spider-Man, or whatever it is, they always had heroes to look up to and for girls, it’s always the princesses are being saved or being passive and finally Wonder Woman, she’s fearless, she’s proactive, she believes in herself. She believes she can do everything, and that’s a true woman for me.

If that isn't a flawless example of what it means for a woman making historical strides, I don't know what is.

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