Wonder Woman finally makes her debut on the big screen

Updated 25 March 2016

Wonder Woman finally makes her debut on the big screen

BURBANK, California: She might not get top billing in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” or even very much screen time, but Wonder Woman still manages to steal the show from her caped counterparts in the superhero spectacle.

It’s not a moment too soon either. Despite the popular 1970s television series starring Lynda Carter, this is the first time the lasso-wielding crusader has been in major live-action film. And it’s all a setup for her own stand-alone feature coming in 2017 from director Patty Jenkins.
Tasked with playing the Amazonian warrior is 30-year-old Gal Gadot — a model who stumbled into acting when an agent spotted her photo and asked her to audition for a Bond girl role. She didn’t get it, but it did eventually lead to a role in the fifth and sixth “Fast & Furious” movies as the ill-fated fan favorite Gisele. Gravity defying car franchise aside, Gadot was still a relative unknown when she was announced as the new Wonder Woman in 2013.
And, like many casting decisions involving beloved characters, hers was not met warmly. Many complained that she was simply too thin. An early photo of her in the gladiator-inspired Wonder Woman costume assuaged some concerns. By that point, Gadot had gone through nine months of rigorous training focusing on martial arts and sword work to get into Wonder Woman shape.
Gadot has kept an even temper about the chatter from the start.
“Being an actress, my responsibility is to not pay too much attention to all the noise around me, but to pay attention to the script, to the director, and protect the character,” Gadot told reporters recently.
At 5 feet 10 inches, Gadot is a striking presence both in person and on the screen. In the film, seen first as Diana Prince, her outrageous cool and skintight asymmetrical frocks turn the heads of many characters — Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne included.
“Gal is so mysterious and sexy and interesting and strong that whenever she’s on-screen I think there’s definitely a projection for men who think, ‘Well I want to flirt with her,’” Affleck said. “I think she provokes in the audience the desire to be flirted with.”
While her introduction might be predicated on her glamorous image, her power is what makes her stand out, and “Batman v Superman” gives a little preview of her fighting skills, too.
“She brings something particular, something statuesque, something otherworldly to the character,” said Henry Cavill, who plays Superman. “It’s remarkable to see.”
As the mother of a 4-year-old girl who loves princesses but often complains about how the princes are always saving them, Gadot is especially excited to be bringing this character to life.
“I’m so happy to be the one who is going to tell the Wonder Woman story,” Gadot said. “It’s so important for girls and boys to have a strong female superhero to look up to.”


South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

This undated photo released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019 shows Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x). (AFP)
Updated 15 October 2019

South Korean pop star Sulli found dead at her home

  • She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle

SEOUL, South Korea: South Korean pop star and actress Sulli was found dead at her home south of Seoul on Monday, police said.
The 25-year-old was found after her manager went to her home in Seongnam because she didn’t answer phone calls for hours, said Kim Seong-tae, an official from the Seongnam Sujeong Police Department.
Kim said that there were no signs of foul play and that police did not find a suicide note.
“The investigation is ongoing and we won’t make presumptions about the cause of death,” said Kim, adding that security camera footage at Sulli’s home showed no signs of an intrusion.
In a statement sent to reporters, SM Entertainment, Sulli’s agency, said her death was “very hard to believe and sorrowful.”
Sulli’s legal name is Choi Jin-ri. She began her singing career in 2009 as a member of the girl band “f(x)” and also acted in numerous television dramas and movies.
She was known for her feminist voice and outspokenness that was rare among female entertainers in deeply conservative South Korea. She recently appeared in a TV show and spoke out against online backlash she received over her lifestyle.