The movie Wonder Woman debunks the notion of male and female superheroes. Wonder Woman just is. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is obviously a woman. The Amazon warriors of Themyscira are all obviously women. When they engage in battle they are not male or female, they are warriors and protectors. They just are and that is a good thing.
As Diana Prince in 1918 London she experiences the extreme gender inequality issues of the day. But as Wonder Woman, no one questions her gender, she just is. Whether she is running across No Man’s Land in a hail of bullets or liberating a town of innocents, she just is. No one in the movie ever says, “For a woman you did a great job”. No one questions her gender and that is as it should be. She is a warrior and a defender of the defenseless. Not because she is a woman, but because she is a hero.
Gal Gadot is an absolute pleasure to watch in this role. Whoever had the foresight to cast her deserves major accolades. Sometimes casting in superhero movies is an absolute no brainer, i.e. Patrick Stewart as Professor X. Other times someone sees that special something in an actor that the rest of us do not. Someone saw something in Christopher Reeves. The studio wanted a big name actor, but Reeves was cast and the rest is movie history. His portrayal of Superman will forever define the role. Other examples include Michael Keaton as Batman and Chris Evans as Captain America. We can now add Gal Gadot to the list. She is so brilliant that I can not imagine anyone else in this role. I really enjoyed Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. But Gal Gadot really was the highlight of that movie.
I can only hope that Wonder Woman ends the many years of debate in regards to the financial merits of female superheroes. This film proves that movie goers will show up in droves for quality movie making and great performances. Gal Gadot is clearly the star of this movie. Her performance as Diana Prince is charming and delightful. Her performance as Wonder Woman is absolutely mesmerizing.
It would seem that the future looks bright for Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League movie. It will be quite interesting to see how Marvel Studios will respond to the great success of Wonder Woman. For now I will continue to bask in the afterglow of Gal Gadot’s star making performance.