2016 marks the 75th anniversary of Wonder Woman, and Warner Bros. and DC Comics have been celebrating all year. Today, Variety published a big piece in Wonder Woman’s honor, and spoke to everyone from Gal Gadot to Lynda Carter, director Patty Jenkins, and DC president Diane Nelson.
Earlier this year Gal Gadot said that Wonder Woman is “pretty dark”, but it sounds like director Patty Jenkins disagrees. “Wonder Woman’s not a dark character,” she told Variety. “I want to tell a very positive story. I feel like for years everything was leaning harder and darker. There was an expectation that Wonder Woman needed to be tougher or harder, too. But for me, the final victory is if she remains warm and loving.”
Here are some highlights from Gal Gadot’s interview:
What was Jenkins’ vision for telling Wonder Woman’s story?
For her it was very important to not just portray her as a goddess, but to tell a very simple story of someone who believes in good and believes that people should be happy and lead safe, happy lives. We cared a lot about simplifying Wonder Woman’s agenda, because it is simple. It was her heart that we cared about, not her being this warrior. When you tell a story from the heart, all of us can relate, because all of us want to live in a safe, quiet, and peaceful world.
How long does it take to put on Wonder Woman’s costume, and how does it feel to be dressed up like that?
It takes me five minutes to take it off and 20 minutes to put the entire costume on. I’ve spent a year in it, from “Batman v Superman” to “Justice League” to [“Wonder Woman”]. From one movie to the next, it got more and more comfortable. I love the way it looks, but it didn’t feel comfortable at the beginning. I feel better in it now, which was super important because the role is so physical.
What’s your favorite Wonder Woman weapon?
I like the lasso of truth. There is something so beautiful about the fact that people have to tell the truth when they have the lasso around them. And it’s not too violent.
If you’re a fan of Wonder Woman, you’ll definitely want to check out Variety’s full article on the 75 years of the character.