It is more than apt that a new poster for Wonder Woman holding the "Lasso of Truth" should drop the same week as Gal Gadot's revealing interview with Entertainment Weekly. The DC heroine represents so much more than a superhero in a costume. For many fans of the character, she carries the weight of years of struggle by the female gender to claim territory so often held by their male counterparts.
June 2 will see female director Patty Jenkins also break in on the male dominated field behind the camera and for Gadot, her character is in an ideal position to challenge mainstream views on what and how a female hero should look like and act. The actress understands that Wonder Woman is not just another summer movie, with DC and Warner Brothers hoping against hope that is salvages something in the eyes of critics and moviegoers in general.
Gadot: WW Is Feminist, But Not The Hairy Aggro Type
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) May 18, 2017
Speaking to the publication weeks out from the debut, co-star Chris Pine argued that he had the simple job of playing a real life soldier who could offer some levity to an artificial world of superpowers.
"She (Gadot) has to be the straight woman, that's the harder part," he said. "She's delivering lines like 'My father is Zeus' - s*** that is just so ridiculous. And she has to say it with a straight face, with a certain amount of innocence and earnestness. I get to react like any human being would to hearing something as ridiculous as that. So I had it easy."
For Gadot, Wonder Woman is not out to make an overt statement on gender dynamics. Rather, offering food for thought on stereotypes.
"Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course. I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That's not it. For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and (women) choosing what we want to do. If it's salaries, then we get paid equal to men. It's not men vs. women or women vs. men. It was important to me that my character would never come and preach about how men should treat women. Or how women should perceive themselves. It was more about playing oblivious to society's rules. 'What do you mean women can't go into the Parliament? Why?' It's just reminding everyone how things should be. I wanted to play the fish out of water, but I didn't want to play her too silly."
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DC have opted for the idea that fans deserve two for the price of none. Just as Wonder Woman's Lasso of Truth poster emerged online, Aquaman did likewise courtesy of Amber Heard's villain Mera.
Sporting a green suit with the new logo, the actress is dripping from head to toe having been submerged in the deep blue sea. That title has been delayed once more for a December 21, 2018 premiere, giving filmmaker James Wan enough time to work around screenplay drafts and reshoots if required.