Gal Gadot is already synonymous with Wonder Woman, but at least one important person was initially resistant to her casting: Patty Jenkins. The director reveals in a new Playboy interview that her first reaction to the news that Gadot had received the role wasn’t positive: “I remember when I read in the news that Wonder Woman had been cast and my heart sank,” she says.
“I had been talking to the studio for so long about doing it and I was like, well, ‘That’s that,'” she added. “I’m sure we wouldn’t have made the same choice.”
Jenkins cites her childhood conception of the character as an “all-American” figure, but quickly came around to the idea of Gadot as the powerful Amazon: “I started paying attention to her, and watching her and looking at her and it was just unbelievable. Frankly, I think they did a better job than I could have, because I don’t know that I would have scoured the earth as hard to find her.”
Élodie Yung and Olga Kurylenko were also considered before Gadot — whom Jenkins describes as “the greatest” — was offered the role. The Israeli actress has earned favorable reviews for her performance and will reprise the role in this year’s “Justice League.”