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Glorious New Wonder Woman Set Photos Confirm that Gal Gadot is Damn Near Perfect For This

Ever since Gal Gadot’s scene-stealing appearance as Diana of Themyscira in Batman v Superman, we’ve been really excited about the upcoming Wonder Woman film and seeing Gadot’s (and director, Patty Jenkins’) take on the character fly solo on the big screen. Thanks to the SDCC issue of Entertainment Weekly, we get a new glimpse into the the character in newly-released set photos, as well as more details about the film’s plot, and Jenkins’ approach.

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Wonder Woman will be an origin story, and so will begin with Diana in Themyscira. However, rather than being set during World War II, she encounters Steve Trevor during World War I. As reported by Comic Book Resources, the film is also described as “a love story and action-adventure saga.”

What’s great about the film is that the word “love” seems to take on a much larger meaning in this film and for the character than mere romance. For Gadot, its Wonder Woman’s capacity for love and compassion that makes her a hero. She says, “I’ve got the opportunity to portray a great role model for girls to look up to  a strong, active, compassionate, loving, positive woman. I think it’s so important, and it’s about time somebody does that. I’m privileged to be the one.”

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Meanwhile, Jenkins is thrilled to be doing the film, and speaks to Hollywood’s slightly lessening fear of letting women helm blockbusters, saying, “I think part of the reason Wonder Woman hasn’t happened [until now] is because the right way to do it is as a classic origin story. People were afraid to do it with a woman, and now they are less so.” She also describes Wonder Woman as the film she’s been waiting her entire life to make.

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I have to say, this photo right here is what really does it for me. Watching a female director directing Wonder Woman? That takes me to my Happy Place.

Also, I think that another part of the reason why it’s taken so long for us to get a Wonder Woman movie (don’t get it twisted. It should never have taken this long…) is that whichever actress would be cast in the part has to have a very special alchemy in order to work. Like Superman, Wonder Woman is a paragon of her gender. It’s not just a matter of looks, it’s something internal; a balance of various qualities that I totally think — based on the brief time we have with her in BvS, as well as interviews  Gadot brings to the part.

Jenkins seems to agree, saying, “The natural spirit of Gal is Wonder Woman. She’s so kind, so good, so beautiful and capable of being sexy, but not in a way that makes other women uncomfortable. It’s what Wonder Woman should be.”

All I know is, I already have a crush, and this damn movie hasn’t even come out yet! 2017 can’t get here fast enough.

(images via Entertainment Weekly, photo credit: Clay Enos)

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