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My exclusive Wonder Woman interview with Gal Gadot and Patty Jenkins

Just before I jetted off to Taiwan for Computex I went to go watch Wonder Woman at an exclusive screening. It is no secret that I’m a giant Wonder Woman fan, hell I walk around with Wonder Woman earrings most of the time! I loved the movie. I loved Wonder Woman. I loved Gal Gadot’s portrayal of the character. There was something really special about the movie and the female characters in the film. I do think Patty Jenkins, the director, played a big role in ensuring our favourite female superhero was depicted in an honest and beautiful way rather than too sexualised and overtly feminine.

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I left the film wondering about what it took to create it and appreciating the pressure that might come with bringing Wonder Woman to life in a stand alone film. During an international press junket, Gal Gadot who plays Wonder Woman (also known as Diana) as well as Patty Jenkins weighed in on what it was like to film the movie and the pressure of giving us Wonder Woman.

We’ve been waiting so long for a Wonder Woman movie.  What does it feel like to be so close to the entire world seeing this film?

tech girl wonder woman interview

PATTY JENKINS:  It’s stunning for me because I’m one of those fans who’s been wanting to see a Wonder Woman movie for a long, long time.  It’s so exciting that the world is about to experience it.

GAL GADOT:  It’s amazing and overwhelming. I feel very grateful because it’s like a dream coming true.  Working on this project has been such a phenomenal experience, and now with the reactions and feedback we’ve been getting, I’m super excited and very, very happy.

Many believe that Wonder Woman’s greatest super power is her compassion, and that’s something you can have even if you’re not an Amazon warrior. Do you hope that’s what people take away from seeing the movie?

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GAL GADOT:  One of the things Patty and I connected with is that Wonder Woman stands for love, truth and compassion, and that’s why she’s magical.  That’s one of her biggest strengths. When Patty and I first met, we talked about our families, and I told her about my grandfather, who was a Holocaust survivor, and he had taught me that no matter how dark it gets in life, you need to find your inner light.  It was very important for us both that this movie has a message that everyone can relate to.

Were there any moments during production when you thought you were making something special and putting something good out into the world?  

tech girl wonder woman interview

PATTY JENKINS:   We wanted to make a great movie about a great Super Hero – and the fact that I’m a woman was secondary.  But then, of course, I’m both honored and surprised at the position we find ourselves in.  We all wanted to bring to audiences not only a message of being a hero to the world, but one of helping people find their voice.

GAL GADOT:  Wonder Woman speaks to both boys and girls, and to men and women, which is what I love most about her.

Gal, what are your favorite things about Diana?

tech girl wonder woman interview

GAL GADOT:  Diana embodies all the qualities I love.  She’s curious, warm, loving and inclusive.  Diana assumes the best of everyone, but at the same time, she’s not trying to be perfect.  Diana can be very vulnerable and, at times, confused and naïve.

Having been on another blockbuster movie set before I’m aware of how brutal the training sessions can be. According to those on the Wonder Woman set, there was a great comaraderie amongst the actors portraying Amazon warriors. What was the experience like for you?

tech girl wonder woman interview

GAL GADOT:  Our stunt team came up with a fighting style that women warriors probably used thousands of years ago.  When you see those scenes with the Amazons, it looks so spectacular because that’s what women did in combat back then. It didn’t feel like we were trying to invent something new.  It was more about bringing back this ancient fighting style.

Did any of you endure any bumps or bruises during filming?

tech girl wonder woman interview

GAL GADOT:  By five o’clock we were all dying to get out of these Amazonian corsets. But it was worth it.

Patty, is there a particular scene that fans of the comics are going to be excited to see?

tech girl wonder woman interview

PATTY JENKINS:   We have comics lore sprinkled throughout the movie.  But the scene that I felt the most duty to as a Wonder Woman comics fan, myself, was one set in No Man’s Land, because it’s Diana’s first step into battle, in costume. It’s a key moment in the film.  

I wanted that scene to feel like a scene in the 1978 Superman with Christopher Reeve, when Superman reveals himself to rescue Lois Lane from a helicopter that’s about to crash.  Our scene has a different tone than that, but I wanted audiences to be teed up for the moment Diana becomes Wonder Woman.   

I can confidently say, after watching the movie, that Patty succeeded.

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And now to celebrate the fact that Wonder Woman is in cinemas on 2 June! I’ve got 5, yes FIVE, incredible Wonder Woman hampers to give away. Here’s a sneak peek at what they consist of:

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To win one of these hampers, all you need to do is head on over to my YouTube channel and hit Subscribe before coming back here and telling me in the comments below what you’re most excited about seeing in the new Wonder Woman movie. EASY AS. Make sure you go watch this film, you won’t be disappointed. 

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41 Comments

  • Reply Gina June 1, 2017 at 11:46

    Can I enter from overseas?? If yes, then I cannot wait to see Gal Gadot, an iconic Israeli woman as Wonder Woman. My daughter and I are counting the days until we can go see her on the big screen in Israel!!

  • Reply Bianca Balutto June 1, 2017 at 11:54

    Omw im a Wonder Woman fanatic and would love to win this hamper pretty please. Iv already seen the movie (VIP screening) and loved the action, her story and Gal Gadot is sooo hot. Im going to see the movie again and cant wait to see all the intrnse action and also the pieces of comedy:)

  • Reply Oscar June 1, 2017 at 12:11

    Can’t wait to see how her solo movie, I really liked her in BvS. The amazons will definitely look great on the big screen.

  • Reply Hayley June 1, 2017 at 12:18

    I am looking forward to seeing how they handle the special effects of a 2017 released movie, specially one focused on an independent (and of course strong) woman. She is an inspiration to many and myself. I can’t wait to see it 😀

  • Reply Nathan June 1, 2017 at 12:19

    I am extremely excited I have been watching superheroes since I was a small boy. I love the WW character, I have a Pinterest board dedicated specifically to her and the reason Im so excited is that this will be the first female led superhero movie since Elektra and Catwoman which didnt do too well. The movie has been getting rave reviews so hopefully this one will be the first of many and the rescue DCEU needs.

  • Reply Mohammed Feroze Sarlie June 1, 2017 at 12:24

    I cant wait to see Gal Gadot in this action packed movie.. Ive always been a fan from the comic book days and ive always admired her strenght and courage. Cant wait to see it in action.

  • Reply mirimoo June 1, 2017 at 12:30

    subscribed 🙂 I’m going to go watch it as soon as its in 2D at my local cinema and can’t wait to see the battle scenes!

  • Reply Domnique Eliza Zeiler June 1, 2017 at 12:31

    I can’t wait to see Diana use the lasso of truth for the first time! I am sooooooo excited!!!!

  • Reply Akira June 1, 2017 at 12:31

    I can’t wait to finally see a female superhero kick major ass! Not only is it our first modern glance at a woman holding her own in a superhero movie, but Patty Jenkins shows the DC universe that it takes a woman to do the job right (sorry Zack Snyder, but learn a lesson here :P). I’m so excited to see this, especially with all the rave reviews it’s been getting. Here’s to a bright future for female superheroes kicking butt in front and behind the camera! 💁🏻

  • Reply flutterbymegs June 1, 2017 at 12:39

    Easily the most important aspect of WONDER WOMAN is Gal Gadot as the lead heroine. We all got a taste of her skills in BVS, and she nailed it as the sexy, confident, mysterious figure looming around Bruce Wayne, only to steal the whole goddamn show in the final battle. I also love Greek mythology, which I find more fascinating than Norse or Egyptian mythology, and I love superheroes so seeing the two combined always drew me to Wonder Woman’s character.

  • Reply reallifemumsite June 1, 2017 at 12:41

    I love the mythical nature of this movie.It’s so rare to find movies with female super hero’s.can’t wait to.go watch this. Love the little romance that you talked of in your review.

  • Reply Carla Harris June 1, 2017 at 12:54

    So… I got to see it at the pre-screening 🙂 🙂 What I was most excited about (and not disappointed with at ALL! ) was to see the Amazon women fighting and kicking ass and showing that it is not just Wonder Woman who is amazing 🙂 Amazon-Amazing !!!

  • Reply Des June 1, 2017 at 12:57

    As a female geek, I’m most excited about seeing a well-produced superhero movie that features a woman as the lead character. I’m also excited about the fact that the female lead is not portrayed as a sexual object, but as a strong character who can kick ass, make a difference in the world doesn’t need a guy to do it all for her.
    The Lasso of Truth is another thing I’m looking forward to seeing in action, plus the setting of Themyscira looks really great and I can’t wait to see it visualised on the big screen.
    Awesome to see a huge blockbuster budget going to a female director for an action film too.
    All in all, I’m SUPER excited to see this movie!!!
    Fortunately my non-geek boyfriend is a fan of Gal Gadot and has gotten used to me dragging him off to superhero movies by now 😛

  • Reply Antoinette Miggie Henn June 1, 2017 at 13:07

    Awesome article! I think I’m looking forward to seeing and amazonian kick some ass ^^

  • Reply solobookclub June 1, 2017 at 13:26

    Please pick me! I will be the first to admit that I was sceptical when Gal Gaddot was cast as Wonder Woman; I did not feel like she had enough in her to successfully portray Wonder Woman, however, she proved herself, and I was completely convinced from the moment I first layed eyes on her in B vs S. I am booking date night on Friday, and guess where Jeff and I are going!

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  • Reply Tendani Netshitenzhe June 1, 2017 at 14:45

    All I know is that come hell or high water, I am going to see Wonder Woman in theatres. I feel like if the boys don’t see us supporting our female superheroes, then they won’t either and then they get to fall back on their couches and say that having females or POC’s in comic books does not sell enough and that’s why they don’t make many books/films about them.

  • Reply Christopher House June 1, 2017 at 15:17

    Excited to see an actual decent DC film. 😉

  • Reply LJBonthuys June 1, 2017 at 15:49

    I cant wait to finally see my all time favorite superhero come to life! (BvS was just a taster)

  • Reply Tshidi Ramabu June 1, 2017 at 20:28

    I’m driving down to Pretoria to watch the only decent DC movie! I’ve have my pixelated wonderwoman shirt for almost 10 years now and I can’t wait to wear it and people actually know what it’s about 😂 I’m most excited about seeing a female superhero who isn’t hypersexualised and can stand her own ground. Super excited!

    • Reply Sam Wright July 12, 2017 at 15:58

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  • Reply Michalen June 2, 2017 at 05:52

    I have never seen a higher score on rotten tomatoes for a DC comics movie ever. Subscribed and going to eat the movie tomorrow.

    • Reply Michalen June 2, 2017 at 06:04

      Sorry I meant watch the the movie not eat

  • Reply Michalen June 2, 2017 at 06:03

    Sorry I meant watch the the movie not eat.

  • Reply Sandika Daya (@SandiSplash) June 2, 2017 at 08:35

    I’m excited to see a strong female lead that is the hero and not a damsel in distress

  • Reply Rebeca June 2, 2017 at 08:41

    I haven’t gone to watch a movie at a theater in years, but as soon as I watched the Wonder Woman trailer I knew I have to go and watch it. I’ve been watching the trailers everyday, trying to wait until I’m finally able to go see it. I love that there is a superhero lead actress who shows courage and strength, something we need to look up to. I can’t wait to go and watch it, I know I won’t be disappointed ^.^

  • Reply Anusha Naidoo June 2, 2017 at 09:04

    I am absolutely excited to watch the movie as it has a female action hero , this makes the movie intriguing ,watching a movie with a strong female character with loads of action scenes is going to be amazing . It will be inspiring to us as females to be confident, strong in character and courageous too. Oooh I am so excited to watch the movie.
    Thank you for this fantastic enlightening write up…encouraging me and many others to watch the movie.

  • Reply Rosha Chetty June 2, 2017 at 09:16

    Wow this is a must see movie for me, cant wait to see the action packed movie. A female warrior in action different from the usual male super heroes. I watched the trailer which was awesome , watching the movie on the big screen with dynamic sound the action and seeing a female in battle totally going to be Amazing .
    Amazeballs I am taking my girlfriends to watch it with movie, I have shared your awesome blog with them.

  • Reply Karen at MomAgain@40 June 2, 2017 at 09:25

    Subscribed. I can’t wait to see the plot and story-line! I also love to hear that the main character is multi-faceted and would love to see her in action!

  • Reply Nikki Meier June 2, 2017 at 11:48

    I subscribed to your channel ages ago, so I hope that puts me at the top of the running! I cant wait to see this movie and have organised a girls night with 30-ish of my girl (and boy) friends to go and see it, beyond excited to see this formidable woman on the big screen!!! Wonderwoman has always been my favourite character, and I hope Aphrodite Aids me in my quest for the goodies.

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  • Reply Nadine_Aara June 2, 2017 at 15:43

    Graphic novel humour is always the most exciting part, when you notice a similar phrase from the comics👌 AND THE COSTUMES, THE DETAILS ARE IMPECCABLE!! Moment of pride for the first female superhero movie😍

  • Reply Henry Diesel June 2, 2017 at 21:50

    Gal Gadot is enough reason :p

  • Reply Hayley Mackay June 2, 2017 at 22:09

    I’m most excited to see the full Wonder Woman costume reveal!
    It’s going to be an awesome moment I’m sure! I hope they make it really memorable cos it’s been a long time coming!
    Gal Gadot couldn’t be more perfect for the role, so seeing her in the full Wonder Woman costume kicking butt will be freakin’ awesome!

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  • Reply Mickey June 5, 2017 at 00:12

    Well wrap me up in the Lasso of Truth, here goes:
    I was lucky enough to go watch it in Imax 3D when it was released ( supercool freebie Wonder Woman branded sunglasses from Ster-Kinekor on the night, yay!)
    Firstly, what was I looking forward to the most?
    After her intro into the DCU with Batman v Superman ( she was easily the highlight of that movie) my expectations were sky-high – she simply stole every scene she was in.
    And after the plethora of promising trailers and with Monster’s Patty Jenkins at the helm I could not wait to see if Diana would join my top list of strong female protagonists ( Ellen Ripley being my all time favourite closely followed by Furiosa in MM: Fury Road). We certainly need such a role model in these very troubled times ( and hopefully in a coherent DC movie with heart). I was hoping for a good story first, and a superhero movie second –
    And boy did it deliver, wow!
    Without going into spoilers, this film is absolutely stunning in every aspect, and Gal Gadot is mesmerising in the title role. (Not going to lie, I girl-crushed hard on her from the very first frame lol)
    Great job to Ms Jenkins and her team and a second viewing of this gem is in order next week methinks.
    *cue Wonder Woman theme music
    *drops mic
    *leaves room in super slo-mo

  • Reply michaelasian June 5, 2017 at 00:27

    Well wrap me up in the Lasso of Truth, here goes:
    I was lucky enough to go watch it in Imax 3D when it was released ( supercool freebie Wonder Woman branded sunglasses from Ster-Kinekor on the night, yay!)
    Firstly, what was I looking forward to the most?
    After her intro into the DCU with Batman v Superman ( she was easily the highlight of that movie) my expectations were sky-high – she simply stole every scene she was in.
    And after the plethora of promising trailers and with Monster’s Patty Jenkins at the helm I could not wait to see if Diana would join my top list of strong female protagonists ( Ellen Ripley being my all time favourite closely followed by Furiosa in MM: Fury Road). We certainly need such a role model in these very troubled times ( and hopefully in a coherent DC movie with heart). I was hoping for a good story first, and a superhero movie second –
    And boy did it deliver, wow!
    Without going into spoilers, this film is absolutely stunning in every aspect, and Gal Gadot is mesmerising in the title role. (Not going to lie, I girl-crushed hard on her from the very first frame lol)
    Great job to Ms Jenkins and her team and a second viewing of this gem is in order next week methinks.
    *cue Wonder Woman theme music
    *drops mic
    *leaves room in super slo-mo

    • Reply Sam Wright July 12, 2017 at 15:55

      Congrats! You’re a winner. Drop me an email with your delivery details so we can get your prizes to you!

  • Reply Dionne June 6, 2017 at 23:23

    I tried to comment before. The previews look awesome and obviously something with a woman obviously and a bit more feeling. Best Dc movie so far… And who wouldn’t look forward to a movie with her… Batman even asked for help.

  • Reply Elsje June 14, 2017 at 15:19

    Super excited to watch Wonder Woman! Gal Gadot is gorgeous and her portrayal of the awesomeness that is Wonder Woman will just be absolutely epic!

  • Reply Phophi June 28, 2017 at 04:05

    What I was most excited about to see was how they’re be able to portray Wonder Woman as both super compassionate and badass . And I honestly think it was stunning the way they put that together. Gal is definitely the actual embodiment of Wonder Woman.

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