Gal Gadot laughs at Batman v. Superman panel Gal Gadot laughs at Batman v. Superman panel Jeremy Irons, Gal Gadot and Jesse Eisenberg from 'Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice' take questions at the Warner Bros. presentation at Comic-Con 2015. (Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

How 'the Wonder Woman of today' is inspiring today's women

Gal Gadot is owning her role by empowering women of all walks of life.

Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot is owning up to her role by showing her strength not just on-screen but in the public arena as well. The Israeli actress recently spoke up at Comic-Con's "The Women Who Kick Ass" panel alongside Gwendoline Christie of "Game of Thrones," Hayley Atwell of "Agent Carter," Jenna Coleman of "Doctor Who" and Kathy Bates of "American Horror Story."

On the panel, Gadot mentioned her assertiveness on set, taking responsibility for her character's development. She also said her costume "really represents the Wonder Woman of today" – but that's not the only way this superheroine represents modern women. Gadot said in a recent interview with Fashion Magazine that she believes women today are more empowered than ever – "we're also stronger, sophisticated and can achieve what we want."

And with her biggest fan being her 3-year-old daughter, Gadot is setting a very important example.

Affleck Gadot Cavill Batman vs SupermanBen Affleck, Gal Gadot and Henry Cavill star in "Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice," to be released in 2016. (Photo: Clay Enos/Warner Bros. via Entertainment Weekly)

"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 one of her first "Wonder Woman" interviews. "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."

One of Gadot's biggest causes is speaking out against body shaming. Facing criticism for her own body type (critics claim she is "too skinny" to be the Amazonian demigod), Gadot doesn't let it get to her, it but rather celebrates all body types:

Happy woman's day to all the amazing women around the world🙅👭💝

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"I'm inspired by Wonder Woman," Gadot said at the Comic-Con panel. So are we!

Take a look at Gadot in action as Wonder Woman in the brand new "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer.


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