During the annual gathering of nerds, Zack Snyder unveils the first image of Wonder Woman. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior, or perhaps somethin’ out of Sucker Punch, has drawn mostly cheers from the fanboy crowd. But the day before, Gal Gadot drew a far more mixed reception, posting on her Facebook “I am sending my love and prayers to my fellow Israeli citizens. Especially to all the boys and girls who are risking their lives protecting my country against the horrific acts conducted by Hamas, who are hiding like cowards behind women and children.” Gadot has served two years as a soldier in the Israel Defense Forces; conscription is mandatory, making Israel the only nation that requires enlistment of women. Prior to that, she was a fashion model for various brands, and got crowned Miss Israel in 2004. Upon completing her military service, she enrolled at university where she studied law, but, through her modeling agent, was offered to audition for the role of Camille Montes, a Bond girl in Quantum of Solace. As for how she landed the role of Gisele Yashar, a carjacker in Justin Lin’s Fast & Furious, Gadot said, “I think the main reason was that Justin really liked that I was in the military, and he wanted to use my knowledge of weapons.” When she was cast as Wundy, some folks voiced their disapproval, bashing the director for choosing a Jewish Diana Prince, and also criticizing her figure for not being voluptuous enough. “I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world. Breasts… Anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels, and everything is fine. By the way, 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.”
Amazon Grace, by Raymund Lee.