All the ways Comic-Con made us love Wonder Woman even more
Move over, Superman and Batman! The future of DC Comics belongs to everyone's favorite Amazonian princess.
At this weekend's Comic-Con in San Diego, Wonder Woman took out her Lasso of Truth and made everyone fall in love with her all over again.
The comic book heroine, played by Israeli rising star Gal Gadot, not only featured in the first trailer for her upcoming standalone film, but also charmed and kicked butt in an unexpected look at American director Zack Snyder's "Justice League." Both glimpses further cemented Wonder Woman's status as one of the most beloved superheroes, as well as Gadot's commitment to endearing the character with strength and grace.
"I don't want to play a damsel in distress that needs to be saved. I don't like it when women in the movies are shown as the victims," Gadot said in a recent interview. "I always thought that if I could send out a message, I want to show the strong side of a woman and how she can handle tough situations."
Below are just a few moments from Comic-Con 2016 that left us cheering for the Amazonian warrior princess, while also hoping to never find ourselves on the receiving end of her bad side.
1. That official poster. Wow.
Before we even saw the first full trailer from Hall H at Comic-Con, Gal Gadot took to social media to unveil the first poster for the film. “A dream come true,” she wrote. “Happy to finally share this with you all.”
Underneath the striking pose, reminiscent of the one sheet for American director Christoper Nolan's "Batman Begins," are the words: Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the 31-year-old Gadot explained how these qualities will finally give girls a superhero to look up to.
"I feel that I’ve got the opportunity to set a great role model for girls to look up to a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman and I think it’s so important," she said. "It’s about time that somebody will do that and I’m very privileged and honored to be the one."
2. The Lasso of Truth unleashed
While it made a brief appearance in "Batman v Superman," Wonder Woman's iconic Lasso of Truth is already making an impression in the new film's first trailer. In the comics, the weapon is described as "formed from the Goddess Aphrodite's girdle" and gifted with the ability to make any person ensnared in its grasp obey the commands of whoever wields it. Like the 500-year-old Wonder Woman herself, the lasso is also unbreakable, indestructible and infinitely elastic. As shown in the shot above, it glows when in use and reportedly also has the ability to create air currents, restore people's memories and offer protection from magic spells.
In other words, Wonder Woman most definitely gets all the cool toys.
3. Move over men, the Amazon warriors are here
As the first trailer for the "Wonder Woman" showed, you don't want to mess around with the heroine's Amazon family. In addition to Wonder Woman's mother, Queen Hippolyta (Danish actress Connie Nielsen), we're also given glimpses of her Aunt Melanippe (Norwegian actress Lisa Loven Kongsli) and Aunt General Antiope (American actress Robin Wright Penn). In fact, some of the more amazing scenes from the trailer feature Wonder Woman's extended family absolutely decimating an invading army. You want powerful women on horseback serving up some justice? This film will clearly deliver.
4. Wonder Woman's action scenes
From sword fights on horseback to street fights with soldiers, Wonder Woman's first solo film is clearly set to build on the brief action she displayed in "Batman v Superman." And if anyone still had doubts, there should now be no denying that Gadot absolutely owns the physicality of this role. As she told Entertainment Weekly, it was a transformation that she dedicated herself to 110%.
"I feel much stronger then I was," the actress said after months of training in Tel Aviv, Israel that included kung fu, kickboxing, swords, jujitsu and weightlifting. "I feel it on my posture and the way I hold my body. I feel good. I started out very, very skinny and because I gained body mass, I really enjoy the way my body looks… better than I did before. I enjoy the curves. I enjoy the strength, the back, the guns. Now I’m aware of my muscles. And I like it."
5. Teaming up with Bruce Wayne
The partnership between Bruce Wayne and Diana Prince set in motion at the end of "Batman v Superman" was shown in all its glory during the Comic-Con sneak peek of the upcoming "Justice League" film. While it was brief, the banter between the two not only hints at the mutual respect, but also that Wonder Woman is going to have to take matters into her own hands to get a certain superhero to sign up.
"She is not relying on a man, and she’s not there because of a love story," Gadot said in an earlier interview with Glamour. "She’s not there to serve someone else… She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence."
Something tells us Aquaman doesn't stand a chance of saying no to Wonder Woman.
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