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Welcome - Gal Gadot

When Gal Gadot was first revealed as the new Wonder Woman, a healthy percentage of the comic and geek community reacted the same way. She was too skinny, didn’t have enough muscle, and all in all, wasn't the right gal. You can’t blame them for the assessment, Gadot is attractive and in shape, but as the words of Shakira echoed from the far reaches of 2006, her hips didn’t lie. While some minds have been swayed since, the verdict is still out as to whether the right woman was chosen to portray Diana Prince, warrior princess of the Amazons. I myself remained skeptical until I started to read more into the awesomeness that is Gal Gadot.

The beauty took a path that boggles the mind when you lay it out on paper. First she won a pageant, then joined the military, then became a model, which led to her becoming an actress. Gadot is 29 years old, married and has one daughter. She's been modeling and acting for the last decade, and she's steadily grown more famous as she's gone. In short, she's kind of a big deal.

 Gal Gadot looks like a girly girl to the untrained eye, but she’s actually a real life bad ass. In 2004, the same year she would win Miss Israel, Gadot was conscripted in the Israeli Defense Forces, as is the custom for all residents. For those that don’t know, Israel is currently one of three countries in the world that allow women to serve on the front lines of combat. That also includes border patrol, which is no walk in the park. Gadot has weapons and combat training, which was initially what drew Fast and Furious director Justin Lin to casting her in his series.

Fast & Furious fans know Gal Gadot's character is comfortable riding a motorcycle. In real life, she loves getting on a bike too. She's been very open about her love for motorcycles in the past. She owns a black 2006 Ducati Monster and rides it often. I couldn’t find any confirmation that she was the one riding in Fast and Furious, but I would imagine she probably did at least some of the simpler takes.

People can play against type. That's what makes someone a good actor or actress, but there's no denying it can feel a little more authentic when the person has walked in those shoes before. Gadot is a woman who lives at least vaguely close to the edge in real life. She likes a little bit of danger, and that really comes through in her roles. 

Gadot is officially going to be Wonder Woman for at least three films. Batman vs Superman DOJ will be her first appearance, and Justice League her second. This leaves open the possibility of a Wonder Woman solo movie.

Only time will tell how long our on screen relationship with the Israeli actress will last, but I do hope that it’s a long one. She’s got big ambitions, and by all accounts, a great personality. If her past is any indication, she should conquer this role and prove to the world she is worthy of it.