Naturally, given Wonder Woman’s iconic place in pop culture, the casting was always going to be highly controversial. So when Zach Snyder cast Gal Gadot, she was no exception to the rule. She was going to have a lot of expectations to live up to given that Wonder Woman hadn't been depicted on the big screen in seventy years.
Some criticized Gadot’s acting history, saying it had been pretty minimal and that she had definitely never done any type of super-heroine role before. After the box-office success of the film (even if critics slammed it on the whole), people are continuing to talk about Gal Gadot. Critics praised her performance, but some fans were still not impressed. Some said that she didn't have the physical features of the Wonder Woman from the comics - she lacked the strength and curves. Some said she lacked femininity while others said her performance was too wooden. The point is that any actor won’t please everyone. But could someone better have taken on the iconic role?
Zach Snyder defended his casting choice, saying that “she’s strong, she’s beautiful, and she’s a kind person, which is interesting, but fierce at the same time. It’s that combination of being fierce but kind at the same time that we were looking for.” He went on to say that “she really held her own with Ben in the screen test. Ben was like, ‘Whoa, that girl is something else!’” But, some were still not convinced. Physically, Wonder Woman should be tall, curvy and strong if she is to live up to the comic book portrayal. She should have a femininity to her. But, perhaps more importantly, she needs to be mentally strong, with a sense of power while simultaneously being able to tap into Wonder Woman’s humanity - her compassion and love, which is a certain kind of vulnerability.
So, who could have potentially been better picks for the iconic role?
10 Jessica Biel
9 Emma Watson
8 Kerry Washington
7 Mila Kunis
6 Jennifer Lawrence
5 Olivia Wilde
4 Natalie Portman
3 Scarlett Johansson
2 Angelina Jolie
1 Emilia Clarke
Wonder Woman is one powerful woman. Who could pull this off? If Emilia Clarke’s depiction of the bada** mother of dragons, Daenerys Targaryen, in HBO’s Game of Thrones is an indication of how she would fare as Wonder Woman, we have a feeling Emilia Clarke would make perhaps one of the strongest femme fatales out there. She has been nominated for a number of awards as well, showing that her acting skills are definitely on point. Her performance could be an emotional one and would likely outdo Gadot by a long shot. She would make Wonder Woman multi-dimensional: powerful while still having a vulnerability about her. She also has a large fan base based on the popularity of Game of Thrones, and we have a feeling a lot of people would be into seeing Emilia Clarke take on Wonder Woman.
Sources: imdb.com, themarysue.com
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