by Marlow Stern
July 29, 2014
Now that the first picture has been unveiled, get to know the new Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: an ex-Israel Defense Forces soldier/Miss Israel.
During Saturday’s Warner Bros. panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the annual gathering of the nerds, director Zack Snyder unveiled the first image of Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot. The photo, depicting a sword-wielding Xena-like warrior—or perhaps, something out of Sucker Punch—drew mostly cheers from the fanboy crowd.
But the day before, Gadot drew a far more mixed reception. On July 25, the actress posted the following message to her Facebook page in support of Israel and the IDF, while condemning Hamas as those “hiding like cowards behind women and children”:
Gadot’s Facebook post, posing with one of her daughters, received 5,600+ shares and 187,000+ likes, and has received comments ranging from support, e.g. “Hamas is using the people of Gaza as pawns, as shields,” to condemnation: “Considering Israel is bombing schools and hospitals I’d say it’s pretty bold saying such things about Hamas.” The 29-year-old actress was born in Rosh HaAyin, Israel, a small city whose name translates to “fountainhead”—her first name, Gal, translates to “wave”—and grew up in a Jewish household.
“I definitely have a strong sense of my Jewish and Israeli identity,” she told the website Totally Jewish. “I was brought up in a very Jewish, Israeli family environment, so of course my heritage is very important to me. I want people to have a good impression of Israel.” She added, “I find that people in the U.S., especially in Hollywood, tend to have positive opinions on Israel—both Jewish and non-Jewish people alike.”…….