Wonder Woman the real hero of Batman v Superman, actress Gal Gadot says

It’s important for girls and boys to have a female superhero to look up to, says actress of her character in superhero showdown that hits cinema screens this week

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 March, 2016, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Monday, 21 March, 2016, 3:20pm

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sees two superheroes do battle on the big screen, but a female character - Wonder Woman - is the real role model for youngsters, actress Gal Gadot says.

“It’s so important for girls - and boys - to have a female strong superhero to look up to,” Gadot, a former Miss Israel, said ahead of the release of the hotly anticipated blockbuster.

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“I have a four-year-old daughter and she adores princesses. At the same time she would tell me ‘the princess, she’s so weak.’ She falls asleep, the prince will come and save her and kiss her and he’s the hero,” the 30-year-old said in Los Angeles. “So I am so happy I’m going to be the one who’s going to tell the Wonder Woman story. It’s such an important story.”

Starring Ben Affleck as Gotham’s Dark Knight and Henry Cavill as the Caped Crusader, the characters’ first big-screen pairing sets up the coming Justice League and Wonder Woman movies.

Fearing the actions of a god-like superhero left unchecked, Gotham’s formidable vigilante takes on Metropolis’ revered saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.

And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known.

The fillm also features Jesse Eisenberg as the eccentric villain Lex Luthor and Amy Adams as Superman’s love interest, Lois Lane.

Affleck, 43, who has already directed critical and commercial hits The Town and Argo, revealed he had felt emboldened watching director Zack Snyder work and would consider making a big-budget superhero movie in the future.

“I’ve wondered about directing movies like this before and it was a really valuable learning experience for me to watch Zack do it and see how he did it,” he said.

“For me as a director it’s about the material and the characters, so if I found the right material I would definitely throw my hat in the ring to direct something on that scale.”

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The actors were asked how they deal with the kind of intense fans who tend to come with starring roles in comic book conversions, and their sometimes unrealistic expectation levels.

“It’s certainly strange and unnerving to be criticised for a part you haven’t yet been able to screw up,” joked Eisenberg.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 24