An article released by RYOT states casting of female heroines in Hollywood remains disappointing.
In an effort to blame casting directors for the unequal representation of strong female roles in film, the article points to a number of comic book female hero castings which missed the chance to reprise women in a strong light. A noble cause to support in order to spur the writing of strong female characters. However, to degrade the casting choice for the iconic character of Wonder Women because she was a previous beauty queen is just as dehumanizing.
Don’t you think assuming Gal Gadot will ruin the Wonder Woman character before filming even begins is counter intuitive to your main point?
Hugh Jackman was practically unknown in the US before being cast as Wolverine, formerly best known for musicals in Australia. And Health Ledger was riding the coattails of his Oscar win for Brokeback Mountain earning him tons of criticism for being cast as the Joker.
These are just two examples of casting choices that received backlash because the individual did not fit the persona of the character or for lack of previous experience in a similar role. Ultimately, both men earned respect for their work with fans and critics alike.
While I appreciate the encouragement to push for female equality of representation in film, it seems a bit sexist to say Gal Gadot is know for her looks and then assume she will be a bad portrayal of Wonder Women.
Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress most notably recognized for her role as Gisele in the Fast and the Furious franchise. She won Miss Israel in 2004. While her acting credits are minimal outside the Fast franchise, she served two years in the Israeli military.(IMBD)
In my opinion, a strong female is characterized by pride and humility. It is not associated with any degree of physical beauty, whether it aligns with the socially accepted standard of beauty is irrelevant. In Gal’s cast, I am sure her physical look was taken into account in order to fulfill the persona of Wonder Woman as it was originally portrayed. However, to dismiss her ability based solely on the fact that she is “beautiful” is dehumanizing.
- Is America ready for an Israeli Wonder Woman like Gal Gadot? (haaretz.com)
- Gal Gadot: Wonder Woman in ‘Batman vs. Superman’! (justjared.com)
- The 10 Grossest, Weirdest Reactions to Gal Gadot Being Wonder Woman (toplessrobot.com)
- Gal Gadot/Wonder Woman Poll (thetaylornetworkofpodcasts.com)
- Wonder Woman Casting. (garyc514.wordpress.com)
- Gal Gadot ‘too skinny’ to play Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman, fans complain (metro.co.uk)