Gal Gadot Says "Only a Woman" Could Direct "Wonder Woman"

Over the past two decades, such directors as Ivan Reitman and Joss Whedon have been attached to the long-long brewing "Wonder Woman" film. But for the current version -- the one arriving in 2017 from Warner Bros. -- star Gal Gadot says it was critical to have a woman behind the camera.

"It's a story about a girl becoming a woman," the actress told Entertainment Weekly. "I think only a woman, who has been a girl, can be able to tell the story in the right way."

Gadot praised director Patty Jenkins ("Monster"), who boarded the project last year, following the departure of Michelle MacLaren.

"All my life I've been working with male directors which I've really enjoyed," she said. "And I'm lucky in that I've worked with men who have a lot of respect for women. But working with a woman is a different experience. It feels like the communication is different. We talk about emotions. With Patty, it's a thing now, we communicate with our eyes. She doesn't need to say a thing. If I'm hurt, she feels the pain. It's a whole different connection that I have with her. She's also brilliant, she's bright, she's fierce, she's sharp. She knows exactly what she wants 'Wonder Woman' to be."

"For a long time, people didn't know how to approach the story," she continued. "When Patty and I had our creative conversations about the character, we realized that Diana can still be a normal woman, one with very high values, but still a woman. She can be sensitive. She is smart and independent and emotional. She can be confused. She can lose her confidence. She can have confidence. She is everything. She has a human heart."

Gadot made her debut as Wonder Woman in March's "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." Although the film was not well received by critics, earning a 27 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, Gadot earned generally positive reviews for her performance.

Opening June 2, 2017, "Wonder Woman" also stars Chris Pine, Lucy Davis, Connie Nielsen,Robin Wright, Lisa Loven Kongsli, Danny Huston, Ewen Bremner, Saïd Taghmaoui, Elena Anaya. and David Thewlis.

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