This June, in what is set to become another silver screen smash for DC Comics and Warner Bros, the Amazonian princess, played by Gal Gadot, will defend the world against a world war. No stranger to combat, Gadot has real-life Israeli military soldier experience under her sparkling gold warrior belt, and endured months-worth of intense training via Mark Twight to prepare for both this role and her appearance in Batman Vs. Superman which dropped earlier this year.
“Anytime you present someone with a really radical change, it’s hard to get them to buy in 100 percent to the idea,” Twight says. “So we took it in incremental steps. We went from a model to a high jumper, in terms of an athletic look. And then once she was comfortable with that, then we’d go a little bit further.”
In an interview with Glamour back in March, Gadot expressed her satisfaction with the physical results. “Since I’ve started, I’ve gained about 17 pounds, and it’s all muscle. I feel so much better now. When you feel strong, it changes everything—your posture, the way you walk. I look at photos from five years ago and think, Whoa, I was too skinny. It’s not cool.”
Not only is Wonder Woman the epitome of fitspiration, Gadot says the superheroine’s strength reaches far beyond her sculpted physique. “She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she’s a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence. She’s loving… And it’s all her heart — that’s her strength. I think women are amazing for being able to show what they feel. I admire women who do.”
The road to getting Gadot’s fight-ready biceps is paved with 30-second planks according to InStyle. But in the meantime, peep the trailer below.