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Gal Gadot is a Badass Looking Wonder Woman

As I noted a while back, I was pumped about Gal Gadot’s casting as Wonder Woman, and now we have our first visual evidence that she can pull the roll off.

CBR has the photo, but you can just look at it here, too:

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That is one badass looking Wonder Woman.

69 Comments

Yeah. That’s the problem. “Badass” shouldn’t really be what they should go for for her or for Superman. No light, only darkness. Not interested.

looks pretty decent.

but i’m still not going to see it after those dicktastic comments about virgin nerds etc.

Yeah. That’s the problem. “Badass” shouldn’t really be what they should go for for her or for Superman. No light, only darkness. Not interested.

I can see the argument with Superman, and for the most part I agree, but Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman BECAME Wonder Woman specifically by kicking the collective asses of a whole tribe of warrior women. “Badass” certainly fits her.

It looks good but I would like more red. Oh well. I am still satisfied.

Nothing about this project looks or feels right, DC will likely make some money here but I doubt their movies will reach even mid-2000s superhero-level quality. Man of Steel bummed me out because I could not even show a Superman movie to my kids. I expect more of the same here.

I’m with Stealthwise.

Also, I think this costume and actress combo looks terrible. Like “300” meets Xena. PASS.

Well, it looks like something close to the classic costume but suited for a more realistic, darker movie, so I can imagine the fans being excited.

I, however, am not a fan, and always thought Wonder Woman’s costume was horrendous. And IMO, the Xena-look should have been left in the last century. It really doesn’t make a lot of sense to have a warrior with no protection whatsoever over the shoulders or upper legs, except of course if said warrior is a woman and is meant to show more sex-appeal than actual functionality. And, um, heels? How are those helping her?
I find this outfit rather sexist and stupid. As I said, I am not a fan (not of WW, nor of DC in general). I do wonder whether my view will be shared by (many) other non-fans, or if this’ll get a pass from the general moviecrowd.

Chaos McKenzie

July 26, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I still think she looks delicate… but still a nice look. The colors could have stood for a little brightening. Am more excited than I was.

“And, um, heels? How are those helping her?”

I reckon they help more than a mask that stops you from turning your head.

I have to totally disagree with Snyder on his pick for Wonder Woman..

Wonder Woman in all of the comics is buffed out with some muscle mass.. Buff yet still femnine.

Gadot has very little muscle mass and definition.. In fact, if I took her on a date it would be to a buffet and I would encourage her to eat well..

This movie is a terrific example of how a movie interpretation can turn a fantastic story into garbage..

For example, World War Z.. Read the book then watch the movie and you will see what I mean.

They messed this up something awful. The boots make her look like a dominatrix in a bad porn movie. The headband doesn’t look like Wonder Woman. This is NOT Wonder Woman.

Hmmm… Too much of a Xena look.

Come to think of it. She was suppose to be able to reflect bullets with her bracelets. Those look like leather. Her headband is suppose to be able to be used as a boomerang – wrong shape. I don’t remember her ever having a sword but, at least she has her lasso.

Jeff Nettleton

July 26, 2014 at 4:08 pm

“I can see the argument with Superman, and for the most part I agree, but Wonder Woman? Wonder Woman BECAME Wonder Woman specifically by kicking the collective asses of a whole tribe of warrior women. “Badass” certainly fits her”

Here’s where we differ. To me, the Wonder Woman story wasn’t that she “kicked the collective asses of a whole tribe of warrior women.” In the comics I read, she defeated them with the greatest skill. There’s a difference. She was defeating her fellow Amazons through feats of skill, not brutal combat. She used skill in fighting her villainous opponents, though her great strength helped her out, physically. One of the things that set her apart from her fellow Amazons was that she was more than a warrior; she was a champion. She’s a protector; there’s a difference.

Armor serves to protect someone; however, if you don’t physically need the protection, why wear it? Superman and Wonder Woman don’t need it, due to their physical strength and invulnerability to physical damage. So, why would Wonder Woman wear armor (or carry a sword)? She is as much a symbolic character as Superman, so it makes more sense for her to stand out by not needing armor and weapons (apart from the lasso) to fight villains and other threats. Then, if you want her to face something even more dangerous, the armor takes on special significance.

Meanwhile, to me, it looks like Xena-meets-Tarna (from the Heavy Metal film). I’d say add some color to the suit, lose the sword, make the bracelets brighter metal, and shorten the boots to calf length. If you want greaves, fine; but, brighten them up. I’d go wilth gold bracelets, headpiece and greaves, with red and gold for the bodice (gold on the key points, red for the torso strips). I’d probably go the Alex Ross route and give her a blue loincloth, over blue trunks (with white stars, of course), rather than just blue briefs. Heck, I didn’t think the blue pants were so bad on the failed Bochco pilot, just the choice of material. I would have used white stars, not gold ones, though.

Sir Peter The Knight

July 26, 2014 at 4:20 pm

I don’t want to say anything disparaging about Gal Gadot. I have not seen her act in anything, so I cannot judge her for her talent.
This costume, however, I can say things about, because it is awful. Just horrendous. Wonder Woman is the most iconic female character in comic books, and has been for seventy-odd years. She has an immediately identifiable look, and while I admit that in adapting any illustrated media into film you have to take certain liberties, who in their right minds thought that making Wonder Woman’s costume completely brown was a good idea? It’s not even like the colours are muted, the whole damn thing is just brown.
I knew, from the very first picture of Superman without his outerpants, that Zach Snyder didn’t care about Superman. But I was willing to give Man of Steel a shot, because that was a small detail. And Man of Steel was the worst movie I’ve ever seen in my life. This is exactly the same problem. Zach Snyder doesn’t care about Wonder Woman. He obviously thinks her costume is outdated, so instead of trying to make it work, he just ignores it and puts her in brown.
To anyone else who has complained about Snyder’s choices, who hated Man of Steel. Don’t see Superman V. Batman. Not on opening weekend, not on DVD. Tell DC that we want better. That we aren’t going to put up with writers and directors who aren’t interested in the characters. Tell them the only way that matters: with your wallets slamming shut.

Looks fantastic! I’ve been hoping they’d go like this since Lois wore a similar outfit back in a smallville episode. Get a really cool Kingdom Come vibe from this.

Here’s where we differ. To me, the Wonder Woman story wasn’t that she “kicked the collective asses of a whole tribe of warrior women.” In the comics I read, she defeated them with the greatest skill. There’s a difference. She was defeating her fellow Amazons through feats of skill, not brutal combat.

Her very first appearance specifically notes that the tasks were so grueling that all but two of the Amazon contestants couldn’t even finish them (and considering they’re all, you know, AMAZONS, that’s saying a lot). And the last task involves them SHOOTING BULLETS AT EACH OTHER (which Diana wins by deflecting a bullet into the shoulder of her opponent!). That’s totally badass.

I think she looks great. Sure she’s not the spitting image of the WW of the comic books, but she’s a heck of a lot closer than literally any of the female – and many of the male – characters in the X-Men movies (with the possible exception of Blink and maybe Emma Frost in First Class) and four out of five of those movies (five out of seven if you include the Wolverine movies) worked out just fine.

The above comments crack me up. The Wonder Woman I grew up with was all primary colors, romance and circus parades.

Not really all that fond of it, but honestly, I was expecting a lot worse. The movie just looks too damn glum for my tastes.

The Wonder Woman I grew up with was all primary colors, romance and circus parades.

I totally get “I’d prefer a different take on Wonder Woman.” I don’t get “this is wrong.”

Up until the ’80s, the Amazons were originally warriors but they were also a utopian society that had super science and values of peace. Wonder Woman was sent to Man’s World on a mission of peace even in the Perez reboot.

This idea that Wonder Woman be “badass” only existed since the ’90s I’d say. And I think it’s ridiculous.

Personally my reaction was “badass amazons apparently like hooker boots.” High heels being popular with Greek derived warrior cultures…

The costume is very monochromatic, and to me doesn’t scream “Wonder Woman” because of that (it would work for a character named “Phoenix” as well, eh?), but Gadot has a good look of intensity in that shot, so hopefully the movie is good.

If I got to write the Wonder Woman comic, she would be dressed like that. And it would be WWII. And she’d team with Sgt. Rock and The Haunted Tank and punch Hitler in the face.

There have been many interpretations of Batman over the years and we consider them all valid, so why can’t the Amazon Warrior who’s been around at least twenty years be considered just as valid?

If they made a Wonder Woman movie that was faithful to the first years of Wonder Woman comics, she would be a lesbian dominatrix into bondage and elephants who fell in love with the first penis she ever saw.

And Superman was raised in an orphanage.

And Batman was a straight-up murderer.

It could certainly be worse (I was prepared for worse) but thigh-high high heeled boots, strapless bustier, ultra mini-skirt, and faux-armor-armor, plus desaturated colors to the point of almost no color is pretty damn uninspiring.

Tonally it certainly fits with what we’ve already seen and with the gritty gritty grim-ness, but it just makes me feel sad.

And the whole attitude of “REAL. SERIOUS. GRITTY. SUPERHEROES” is part of what makes the heeled boots/mini-skirt/strapless-ness even more ridiculous. Like, is it fantasy where we want to believe a woman would wear heels into battle, or is it super realistic and gritty? Make up your mind.

anyone who doesn’t think Wonder Woman is a badass simply doesn’t know the character. She is almost as strong/invulnerable as Superman, with the added skill of being born and bred as the best warrior in a society of warriors, but on a mission of peace. She doesn’t need the heavy bulky armor because she is already naturally resilient, and the outfit provides for freedom of movement. When necessary, she not only uses a sword, but full amazon war armor, a spear, and a huge shield.

I think it’s key to define exactly what badass is. To me I feel like badass is to tough as kewl is to cool. Badass is kind of like a caricature of true toughness and strength. I believe Wonder Woman was traditionally strong, indomitable, skilled, resilient, dominating, powerful, and warriorlike, but not “badass.” Even Batman wasn’t consistently “badass” until post-Frank Miller except.for maybe the first year of his existence. Captain America is tough. Wolverine is badass. The Hulk and Spider-Man are tough. The Punisher and Lobo are badass. John Wayne is tough. Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry is badass.

This is not to say that badassness is automatically bad. It can be awesome to read and watch when done right, and has its place. I just don’t think of Wonder Woman as badass, even though she’s tough and has an indomitable warrior spirit, which shows in the examples Brian gave. I agree with the commenter who said that since the 90s there has been more of a movement to make Wonder Woman badass.

This looks as predictably bad as I expected. No surprises. Anyone who liked Man of Steel’s decisions should love this. Anyone who hated Man of Steel’s decisions I can’t see being turned around by this. But I wouldn’t blame Gadot. I also don’t agree with people who are describing Wonder Woman’s “true” physique as being bulky or muscular or whatever and then saying Gadot doesn’t fit it. Give me a break. In 7 decades or so, Wonder Woman has been drawn at a variety of physiques and heights and Gadot fits well within the range in which she’s been drawn. I’ve seen people draw slimmer and shorter Wonder Womans and I’ve seen people draw bulkier and taller. As long as she is not fat and looks reasonably athletic, she’s believable as Wonder Woman.

Those look like wedges not high heels.

A bit of a “300” feel to it, but she’s beautiful and badass, top notch!

I guess we wait and see? These DC movies pretty much rate a zero on the excitement meter for me. I’ll have to show this to my wife as she’s a way bigger Wonder Woman fan. I’m actually kind of sad that I’m not excited.

Works for me.

Hi guess the problem with making a movie based on characters that are 70+ years old is that most fans have their mind made up of how the character is supposed to look, even though these characters have gone through countless variations. No matter how WW is dressed or who plays her, there will be people who feel like DC royally screwed up.

T:”I think it’s key to define exactly what badass is. To me I feel like badass is to tough as kewl is to cool. Badass is kind of like a caricature of true toughness and strength. I believe Wonder Woman was traditionally strong, indomitable, skilled, resilient, dominating, powerful, and warriorlike, but not “badass.” Even Batman wasn’t consistently “badass” until post-Frank Miller except.for maybe the first year of his existence. Captain America is tough. Wolverine is badass. The Hulk and Spider-Man are tough. The Punisher and Lobo are badass. John Wayne is tough. Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry is badass.”

T, this just might be the most insightful post about comic book heroes that I have read in a long time. The tough vs badass dichotomy explains a lot about comic books over the last 25 years.

A question for the Wonder Woman fans out there. When did a sword become part of Diana’s standard kit? She didn’t carry a sword in the period 1941 through 1990, to the best of my knowledge. Is it a ’90s thing? Or is even more recent?

As for the costume, this is about what I was expecting. As a look, it’s okay.I would have preferred more color, but color is verboten in Snyder’s glum universe. If I could change just one thing, it would be the wedge heels. They just look stupid. Put her in flats.

Gak. expecting, not excepting.

I’d like to see a darker, more realistic take on Jimmy Olsen’s signal watch.

CT:”I’d like to see a darker, more realistic take on Jimmy Olsen’s signal watch.”

Very easy. The thing to remember is that “dark” writes itself. When in doubt, just add a severed limb:

Jimmy’s left hand gets slowly crushed by Doomsday while Superman is forced to watch. STAR labs replaces it with a prosthetic. However, the prosthetic is actually a tracking/monitoring device so that the government can keep tabs on Superman. If Jimmy doesn’t go along, a fast acting poison will be released into his bloodstream.

T: What you said.

Marlowe, I think it started with the aging, warrior Diana in Kingdom Come. Since then “Wonder Woman is a warrior/badass” seems to have become DC’s preferred version, so we have her delighted in the first JLA arc that she has a monster to stab.
Godot’s monocrhome costume could work if the movie were good. But it’s done by the man who brought us Man of Steel so that’s not the way I’d bet.

Skinny chick in brown leather and high heels. Not for Wonder Woman, no thanks. I hate to be “one of those people”, but this movie looks beyond repair.

If you asked me to find a perfect example of why comic fandom skeeves me out, look no further than the weird scrutinizing by random Internet dudes of Gal Gadot’s body. Every single website I frequent has posted this picture with countless comments by people scrutinizing this woman’s body; it’s either too small, too dainty, not muscular enough etc etc etc. It weirds me out because it’s not coincidental that it’s a woman enduring this near constant level of scrutiny. And no, it’s not the same when Christian Bale or whoever is being asked to bulk up. It’s not the same at all because the gaze directed at male bodies is different than the gaze directed at female bodies.

Y’know what the costume reminds me a bit of? Darwyn Cooke’s Wonder Woman from “New Frontier”:

http://img201.imageshack.us/img201/5320/scan00502.jpg

Who was, incidentally, depicted by Cooke as being quite “badass”.

Also, I’m not sure what firm conclusions we can draw as to the *color* of Gadot’s costume. The costume may in fact be brown, or that may be a brown filter at work. It’s easy enough to tell that between the eagle, the breastplate, and the skirt, there are at least three *shades* to the costume. And those might, in fact, be muted gold, red, and blue, respectively.

matthew,
It’s not Gadot’s body being scrutinized. It’s her body as it fits the iconic character of Wonder Woman. I think you know that and are being deliberately obtuse to push the non-point you have.

Whoever can seriously state that Man of Steel is the worst movie they’ve ever seen in their life has led an amazingly charmed life.

I like the costume overall although I agree about the boots but Wonder woman’s costume has never made a whole lot of sense from practical standpoint so whatever (Who runs around DC year-round in a leotard?). As for the lack of color, I think I’ll worry about that once it’s clear where she is in the story. If she’s still living among the “Amazons” then her costume makes perfect sense because she’s still just Diana and not Wonder Woman.

It’s not her body; it’s her body. Seems legit. You mean the fictional character that has been drawn by countless artists and imagined in many different ways? I wasn’t aware there was one monolithic standard to draw the character?

Jose Garcia-Lopez’s Wonder Woman is not particularly buffer or taller than Gadot:

http://37.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_ktcnlc1Xkp1qzvw5po1_500.jpg

Neither is Jose Delbo’s:

http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d134/per1etwo/comics/p2c_wwv1-239_p05.jpg

Even if the argument is that it’s an old vs. new thing, Chiang’s Wonder Woman isn’t particularly buffer than that Gadot picture above either:

http://media.dcentertainment.com/sites/default/files/WWBLOOD-1%20copy.jpg

This movie will likely have enough legitimate problems with it that we don’t need to make up imaginary ones.

She needs the heels otherwise she’s too damn small. She’s scrawny enough as it is. But like Michael Keaton, she may surprise.

Xena Woman! I’m actually okay with the costume. This is a step up from the pants wearing Wonder Woman that was set for TV. The tiara could be better but that’s a nit. Gadot herself is not my ideal actress for the part but I’ll reserve judgement until I see her actually acting in the role. It will be interesting to see if she can hold her own with Afleck and Caville on the big screen.

@Ana 170 Man of Steel is a really good movie. It is also the worst Superman movie that could ever be made.

I was reading Superman comics before I was even reading See Dick Run books. Man of Steel has no idea what or who Superman is. I’ve been watching movies for 50 years. There are very few I hate. I hate Man of Steel.

Hate! Hate! Hate!

why not gina carano?

I remember the days when I used to come on to this blog to argue with T. Now he’s the guy I agree with most.

Darnell Mobbs

July 28, 2014 at 7:18 am

All I have to say if Linda Carter was dead she would be rolling over in her grave.

She looks nothing like Wonder Woman. I can deal with changing the outfit. Anyone thought they were going to have her running around in blue granny panties was in for disappointment. However the bronze/brown look just makes her look like a Xena rip off.

Of course she looks like 300 and Xena. They all share the swords and sandals background, and the other two have received more mainstream press in the last few years. If there had been a Wonder Woman movie before those came out, the criticism would be reversed to some degree.

I thought I saw a picture of her where the colors weren’t so desaturated, but I can’t find it now. I wonder how weird it would look standing next to MoS Superman if she were more colorful. I’m sure there are ways to punch her costume up without making it look like they use the same tailor, but I could see that as a reason to decolor her a little.

She looks fine to me. It makes me a little sad actually, because T is probably right. Not that I’m sad that T is right, but because what will happen with the characters. I just sat down and watched MoS again last week, and it’s just disappointing. Not a bad movie. Not even a bad superhero movie. But not a good Superman movie. I’m afraid this won’t be a good Wonder Woman movie, but it won’t be because of how Gadot looks.

@Joshschr

My problem with the costume is the color. They didn’t have to go with the traditional Red, White, & Blue. They could have gone with red, gold, and silver. They could have gone for darker shades to make her look far different then Superman’s character.

My disappointment in the look is the fact we will never get a Wonder Woman feature film. Very few people are going to go see a Wonder Woman movie if Wonder Woman looks like the picture above. WW is one of my favorite comics, and super heroes but I wouldn’t go see a movie with her looking like that.

I will just watch the DVD collectors set of Wonder Woman with Linda Carter.

T: I dont even know you. But you are officially my dude now. Loved that post

No offence to Gal Gadot but she just looks like any regular extra on the Xena Warrior Princess show. There is nothing Wonder Woman in this photo.

I don’t think muscles are necessary. Diana’s power doesn’t derive from actual muscle. It’s tapping into her brain’s unused 90 percent (Marston), or a divine gift or in the New52 being half-divine, coupled with Amazon training. She stated many times under Marston that any woman could do the same if she had training enough.
If Godot can carry herself effectively and play the role, it’ll work. Okay, it’ll work in a good movie. I’m still pessimistic.

The colors are too dark for me, but that’s the way all comic book related live action adaptations are going, so I’m not surprised. She does indeed look badass in this photo, though I agree with whoever said that the boots are a bit dominatrix looking. They’d be better a bit shorter. I think the sword works if this take place in ancient Greece, and she’s fighting the Hydra and such, but doesn’t work as well in the modern age, though I’ll keep an open mind on that. Other than the colors and the length of the boots, I’d say its’ pretty good. Not my favorite Wonder Woman look (that would be the Golden Age mini-skirt) but certainly not bad, either.

I don’t think this look will be successful for her. Wonder Woman has an iconic look that makes her stand out from Xena and the multitude of forgettable warrior women who came after her. The fact that people who are comparing her to characters who came after her and were likely inspired by her is not a good sign.

@TW

That is my overall point. She looks pretty cool but she doesn’t look like Wonder Woman. No stand alone movie with her will work with her looking like the above picture.

Wonder Woman is an icon super hero. She doesn’t have to run around with granny panties and a pushup bra. She does need to at least have some of the colors that make her stand out.

Like I said red, gold, silver in dark colors could have worked fine. The Xena, Hercules look just isn’t doing it for me.

The colors are too dark for me, but that’s the way all comic book related live action adaptations are going, so I’m not surprised.

The Marvel adaptations seem to be okay with remaining brightly colored for the most part, with the exception of the Falcon recently, but I’m hoping that changes too in part 3 of Captain America.

Badass because she looks like Xena.

What is so sacred about how Wonder Woman should look like? You don’t see this problem with Batman really. Is it because there have been so many changes to Batman that as long as you get the essence of Batman…you are good? But with WW, you have mostly Lynda Carter to go by and therefor many people will never be happy?

Wonder Woman doesn’t need to be super buff. She’s a daughter of a God…size doesn’t matter when it comes to her strength and skills.

I think Gal looks fine and also, there is nothing to say this is going to be her prime outfit. Perhaps this is early in the film and she will have something with a bit more color to it. I like this outfit because it at least seems like a warrior’s outfit instead of the bathing suit that the traditional WW seems to wear.

The costume and the actress are fine by me. Not necessarily what I would have chosen, but within the typical range for Wonder Woman.

The mopey, scowly tone of the posters for this movie, on the other hand …

T. –

Cool post about “tough vs. badass”.

I think it’s also that tough is when the hero is resourceful because the story needs him to be. Badass is when the story is all about showing off how resourceful the hero is.

Tough is a means to an end. Badass is an end in itself.

This movie wasn’t even on my radar before I saw this. Now I will probably end up watching it, maybe even in the theater. Unless they squander the potential here of course.

The actual design of the costume I generally like. It seems like a fair blend of iconic and armor. The colors are awful though. It may be extra sepia toned, and may have more color…and no, I don’t expect a walking flag. But it seems to continue down the line of the DC movies being colorless, in palette and tone. And it’s not like it has to be real to work. As T pointed out, if you can make Captain America, there’s no need for Superman to be “real.” Iron Man keeps getting MORE colorful. And while the movie might not match, we just had the best Spider-Man costume ever…because it looked the most like it does in the comics.

It does look like someone who just stepped out of 300. And as someone pointed out the things she’s carrying – the lasso…..is it not even “golden?” Can’t THAT at least have color to it? (“Her magical, gray lasso” just doesn’t have the same ring to it). You have fantastical character that carry around magic lassos, or fly around in capes. The public has shown that gods and green monsters fighting aliens isn’t too out there for them. Embrace what you’ve got, because that is what has worked for longer than we’ve been alive.

And I never felt you had to cast a wrestler as an Amazon. But Gadot seems slight in non-physical ways too. She has more a super model vibe than a role model vibe. I find it hard to imagine her playing someone that represents the standard for all women. Jaimie Alexander pulls off Sif as a believable goddess who can keep up with any god. (And probably looks more like Wonder Woman too). Gadot just looks like she’s playing dress up. Guess you could say having a hard time filling her boots.

I agree with the dude above. She still looks unintimidating to me.

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