Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Wonder Woman vs. The 9000 Shekel Boobs

Comic book movie casting has become increasingly contentious on the internet (read: no where important), with people roundly condemning each new casting (see: Affleck, Ben) even though their prior hand wringing is often proven needless (see: Garfield, Andrew and Cavill, Henry).

So it's no surprise that the inter webs would have opinions about the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Everyone has their favorite celebrity they'd like to see play their favorite super hero so that's not surprising.

What is surprising is that the loudest complaint against Gadot is her skinny-ness and correlating breast size.

Seriously? It's 2014 and we still think that's an okay thing to complain about? Just because in the comics Wonder Woman had irrationally large boobs? Seriously?

Gadot, to her credit, has stayed above the fray. But she recently gave an interview in Israel where she briefly sounded off on the topic of breast size and its relevance (or more specifically lack there of) to life and her character. And she had this gem to offer:
"Breasts... Anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine...Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I'd really go 'by the book,' it'd be problematic." 
Well played, Ms. Gadot. Well played. Here's looking forward to the time when the inter webs complain most loudly about an actor's ability to play a character (see: Lively, Blake in Green Lantern) and less about how closely they match the impossible proportions of pencil-drawn heroes. I mean…it's not like anyone wanted to see Chris Evans match up THIS well with his comic book character, right?

You can see Gadot's interview--in Hebrew!--below.

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