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Nearly 75 years after Wonder Woman’s creation, Gal Gadot is bringing the iconic superhero to the big screen for the first time in Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman.
Based on the reaction at Sunday’s premiere in New York, the arrival of Wonder Woman (aka Diana Prince) might be the film’s biggest moment. Gadot’s entrance as the sword-wielding DC warrior received the night’s loudest cheers and hollers.
That sentiment seems to be echoed with regular theatergoers. According to a Fandango survey, Batman v Superman ticket buyers say Wonder Woman’s debut is the biggest draw, with 88 percent of respondents saying they are looking forward to seeing the character.
The film’s producer Deborah Snyder told The Hollywood Reporter that she felt a personal responsibility to get the character right. “She’s such a symbol of women’s roles,” she said. “In every decade she’s existed, she has reflected women of the times. I think it’s only fitting that now, especially with a lot of talk about gender equality, that she really has her rightful place on the silver screen.”
As the Zack Snyder-helmed film hits theaters in the U.S., here are five things to know about the 30-year-old Israeli actress behind the indestructible shield.
1. Big Break
The 5’10” model-turned-actress landed her first role in a studio tentpole with Universal’s Fast & Furious and followed that up with three more installments of the gas-fueled action franchise.
2. She’s a Real-Life Warrior
Unlike the vast majority of actresses, Gadot’s background includes military training. She served for two years as an enlisted soldier of the Israel Defense Forces, where she learned to use weapons.
3. She’s a Mom Too
Gadot and husband Yaron Varsano have a 4-year-old girl, Alma. The family is based in Tel Aviv.
4. She’s Popular at Warner Bros.
Studio executives gushed about Gadot at the New York premiere’s afterparty, where the actress gamely posed for pictures. “Not only is she amazing onscreen, she just might be the nicest person in the world,” one top executive said.
5. What’s Next
Gadot is getting her own spinoff with Wonder Woman, which began shooting in November (Warner Bros. has dated the Patty Jenkins-helmed film for June 23, 2017). Next month, she will head to London to begin filming The Justice League Part One, which hits theaters on Nov. 17, 2017. She’s also onboard for The Justice League Part Two, slated for June 14, 2019. On the non-superhero front, the WME-repped actress will star opposite Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and Isla Fisher in the suburban espionage comedy-action film Keeping Up With the Joneses.
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