Wonder Woman has been the breakout film of summer 2017, dominating the domestic box office and garnering the DC Extended Universe its best reviews ever. Much of that success came down to Gadot, whose performance as Diana of Themyscira has been favorably compared to Christopher Reeve’s portrayal of Superman; earnest, kind, and holding to a strong moral code, it’s impossible to imagine anyone else swinging the lasso of truth.
Gadot’s star figures to only shine brighter going forward, and she’s now landed one of the highest profile gigs in American television. According to a report from THR, Gadot will host the October 7 episode of Saturday Night Live with musical guest Sam Smith. She’ll be the second Wonder Woman cast member to host the show, as Chris Pine sang and danced his way through an episode in May.
SNL has become something of an obligatory stop for comic book movie stars. Ben Affleck, Chris Hemsworth, and Chris Pratt have all recently hosted the show, with varying levels of success. Gadot will ostensibly be hosting to promote November’s much anticipated Justice League, where she’ll reprise her role as Wonder Woman alongside DC’s other superhero heavyweights.
There are few higher profile promotional stops than Saturday Night Live. The show has been a television institution for over four decades, and it’s coming off a particularly successful season that saw ratings spike in the wake of Donald Trump’s improbable election win. Alec Baldwin and Kate McKinnon each took home Emmy awards for their work as Trump and Hillary Clinton, respectively, and the series itself won the Emmy for Outstanding Variety Sketch Series.
With plenty of daily fodder from the Trump administration, SNL figures to once again be a cultural force when it returns September 30. The show will also make last season’s time zone experiment permanent, as the show will continue to air live across the country. In the era of instant reactions on social media, it makes a tremendous amount of sense for SNL to abandon its tradition of airing on tape delay on the West Coast, amplifying its growing reputation as a shared cultural experience on the level of Game of Thrones and live sports. With American politics in disarray and Wonder Woman stopping by, SNL looks poised for another strong outing.
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