MANILA - Say what you will about "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," like how it was as entertaining "as having a porcelain sink broken over your head," but at least it gave fans a more-than-satisfying reintroduction to Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, a former Israeli army combat trainer and Miss Israel pageant winner.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News' Yong Chavez, the 30-year-old Gadot shared her thrill over the positive reactions her portrayal has received so far. She also expressed her excitement in playing the Amazonian princess in a full-length film in 2017.
"It's a very different story," said Gadot. "This is the very first time we're telling the coming of age, we're telling the history of Wonder Woman."
First appearing in All Star Comics #8 in 1941, creator William Moulton Marston, a psychologist who paved the way for the invention of the modern lie detector, said he wanted Wonder Woman to become a "psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world."
Only time will tell if the plans of Warner Bros. and DC for the comic book icon will coincide with Marston's vision, but at least it appears Gadot is more than up for the task.
Her brief appearance in the otherwise dour "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has been hailed as the "best thing in the movie," and it may usher in a new era of superhero films starring female protagonists.
She also seems to have the determination and wisdom of Wonder Woman when asked for her advice for Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, who found herself in the limelight after winning the crown in a controversial fashion.
"Be determined, don't give up. What's yours will always be yours. What's not yours will never be yours. Be prepared and ready," she told the Filipina.