With the news that DC and Warner Bros. mega-tentpole film Batman vs. Superman won't be out in theaters until 2016, most of the focus has turned away from the casting of Fast & Furious star Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, turning instead toward the more surprising recent casting announcement that Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg is the new Lex Luthor.
Before Eisenberg stepped into the crosshairs, Gadot certainly got more than her fair share of hate from those who question - or outright criticize - everything from her acting ability to her physique when it comes to playing Wonder Woman. Aside from some interviews overseas (in which she took jabs at her critics) the Israeli actress hasn't had much to say about her Wonder Woman role; but sometimes, as they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words:
Posted to Gal Gadot's Facebook Page with the caption, "There's nothing like a good workout in the morning.. Love it! You?", this photo is no doubt aimed at those who feel the actress lacks the muscle to be a woman wonder. In our own breakdown of the Wonder Woman casting choice, it was (and remains) somewhat ironic that Gadot's real-life status as both a former athletic trainer in the Israeli Defense Force AND a professional model had less bearing on people's opinion of her Wonder Woman qualifications than her waist or bust size. This photo will perhaps serve as a reminder that A) this woman knows workout regiments, and B) that actresses can transform their bodies in fast turnaround.
...Or it won't.
Arguing for DC movie casting choices seems to be a loaded task these days - and if anything is abundantly clear, it's that some fans will not be swayed about their notion that this is all wrong. Gal Gadot's bicep is unlikely to change that.
For me, she is looking more and more like the leaner, meaner, armor-clad and sword-wielding Diana we see in the New 52 comic series (which is worth actually reading, for those "fans" wondering) or in the recent Justice League: War animated movie (read our REVIEW). But that's just me, and you have your own opinion, so let us know what it is!
Just remember: This is the lady who will be playing Wonder Woman in 3 major DC movies, so be thinking about the long-term when dropping your comment.
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.