2014: Year of A Jewish Wonder Woman

wonder woman iconThe Jewish people – need heroines such as Gal Gadot. They present a picture to the world of the beautiful, sexy Israeli. (Jerusalem Post)

(excerpts) The Jewish people have had many wonderful heroines in its history, from the  Biblical matriarchs to female fighters, pioneers and patriots and the mothers of  modern-day Israel. Today Israel has a new superheroine. Her name is Gal Gadot.

Warner Bros. announced last week that  Gal Gadot will play Diana Prince and her  superhero alter ego Wonder Woman in the new Batman vs. Superman film. It is  nothing short of mind-boggling that an Israel actress will star in the revered  role in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, in between Henry Cavill’s Superman and  Ben Affleck’s Batman.

….“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful  female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said film  director Zack Snyder in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but  she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look  forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of  this beloved character.”

The fact that Wonder Woman was even a character  in the feature film was kept secret until last week, and it is expected that the  choice of Gadot will make it a major character rather than the usual supporting  roles given to women in superhero movies based on DC and Marvel comics. As Time  noted in its report, “Though Lynda Carter starred in a popular 1970s TV show  about the character, Wonder Woman has yet to have her own bigscreen project —  despite the fact that there have been 40 (yes, 40!) superhero movies since  2002.”

Plus, the magazine quips, “Gadot’s casting means Wonder Woman will  be Jewish, fulfilling many a fanboy’s fantasy.”


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