Ever since she first appeared in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Gal Gadot has fully embraced the role of Wonder Woman. In fact, the Amazon Princess takes her role so seriously, she even shot scenes for the upcoming “Wonder Woman” film while she was five months pregnant.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 31-year-old star was nearly in her third trimester with her second child when she returned to London to finish up some reshoots. Before long, Gadot found herself performing fight choreography, baby bump and all, thanks to a modification to her costume that replaced a small portion of the front of the suit with a green cloth, allowing the effects department to slim her figure back down in post-production.
“On close-up I looked very much like Wonder Woman,” Gadot shared. “On wide shots I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Gadot’s incredible work ethic didn’t go unnoticed. “She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field in the freezing cold in others,” said director Patty Jenkins, who praised Gadot’s fortitude. “There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Everyday it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it. Now, at least, we will be able to tell her [new] daughter Maya that she’s in her mom’s stomach right then, in the middle of that battle scene.”
For Gadot, it was just another day on the job. For producer Chuck Roven, though, it was proof positive that Gadot is no ordinary woman. “Part of what we were doing was augmenting some of the final action piece,” Roven recalled. “She couldn’t do a huge amount of physical activity but she was being aggressive. She still had to be fierce. That was special. I’ve been doing this for awhile but I’ve never that had that experience before.”
Based on a screenplay by Allan Heinberg and Geoff Johns from a story by Heinberg and Zack Snyder, “Wonder Woman” follows the Amazon princess who, after discovering American fighter pilot Steve Trevor washed ashore washed ashore on Themyscira, sets out to bring an early end to World War I. The film takes place long before the events of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” where the character made her theatrical debut.
Opening June 2, “Wonder Woman” stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui and David Thewlis.