16 Reasons Wonder Woman Is Totally Kickass, According to Gal Gadot

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For the first time in more than 75 years, Wonder Woman is bringing her badass lady boss brand of crime fighting to theaters in a lead role. The first female superhero (famously played by Lynda Carter in the 1970s TV series) to carry a film franchise in more than a decade, Wonder Woman is hitting the big screen. We are totally feeling the #girlpower -- or shall we say #womanpower -- and we're not the only ones. 

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In a boatload of interviews, the film's star, Gal Gadot, has praised Diana Prince -- aka Wonder Woman -- not just for her super human strength, but also for her compassion and kindness, reminding us that she is a superhero little girls (and their moms) can look up to.

Gadot, herself the mom of two young girls, hopes Prince can be a role model to children around the world -- and based on what she's been saying, we can't wait to show our kids (girls and boys alike) that women can be pretty wonder-ful.

These Gal Gadot quotes about Wonder Woman left us in awe of her superhero's superior character and totally pumped to see the movie. 

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1. She's a real woman ...

"I feel very proud that finally this movie is being made because all of the guys, all men, all boys, always had a figure to look up to," Gadot told Refinery29. "Whether it's Superman or Batman or Spider-Man or whatever it is, they always had heroes to look up to, and for girls it's always the princesses who are being saved, who are being passive. Finally, [there's] Wonder Woman. She's fierce, she's proactive, she believes in herself, she believes she can do everything, and that's a true woman to me."

2. ... who defies stereotypes.

"For me it was very important that we didn't portray this character as a ball buster or as a cold woman just because she is so strong," Gadot said in an interview with Emmanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7. "And it was very important for me that people would be able, men and women and boys and girls, not only women, so it was important for me that this character would be universal."

3. She is caring.

"Wonder Woman, most of all, she stands for love and accepting all people for who they are," she told Cineplex magazine. "I think that if each of us had a little bit more of Wonder Woman, of these qualities, in us, we'd have a better world."

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4. She has solid values.

"I think that everything Wonder Woman stands for is brilliant," Gadot has said. "She stands for justice and peace and wisdom and love and acceptance and compassion and all of these things are becoming rare in our world."

5. She believes in equality.

"She doesn't see that difference between any gender difference. It's not even an issue, you know," Gadot explained in an interview posted on Collider. "She comes from this world where men and women are equal and it's not a thing to be a man or to be a woman. She sees, she feels that she can do everything and she will go for it. She's a peace seeker; she wouldn't go and look to start a battle or a fight. She would try to solve it in any other different way."

6. She's an idealist.

"She has the heart of a human so she can be emotional, she's curious, she's compassionate, she loves people. And then she has the powers of a goddess," she told Entertainment Weekly back in 2015. "She's all for good, she fights for good, she believes in great. I want to be her."

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7. But she's relatable ... 

"It was very important for us to show that Wonder Woman is not only super strong and can fight really hard, but she also has so many qualities that we can all relate to," Gadot explained in an interview. "She's full of love and compassion, and warm and truth, and she's all about justice and peace, but ... we showed her vulnerability and confusion and naïveté to have people relate to her."

8. ... and far from perfect.

"The fact that she is so multi-faced helps to show that she's not perfect and the fact that she owns it, that she knows that she's not perfect, for me that's what makes her interesting and whole," she said in her interview with Emmanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7.

9. She aims to be a role model for everyone.

"I think that this movie is not only important for girls, it's important for boys as well," she continued. "We keep on talking about women empowerment and first thing, it's important that girls will have a strong female figure to look up to, just like boys have. But at the same time, it's important for boys to have a strong female figure to look up to because we can't empower women without educating the men as well. It's not one-sided, we need both sides to be in this together. That's also the way we show gender in such obvious way in the movie."

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10. She's a fierce feminist warrior ...

"Wonder Woman is a feminist, of course," Gadot explained in Entertainment Weekly. "I think people have a misconception about what feminism is. People think hairy armpits and women who burn bras and hate men. That's not it. For me, feminism is all about equality and freedom and [women] choosing what we want to do."

11. ... who's just as strong as any man.

"On the one hand, she owns something that is usually owned by men, which is the strength and the power, but she brings the feminine qualities with her, which are love and warmth and compassion," she's said about her character. "And if you bond those two worlds together, then you get a very special, beautiful, whole character."

12. And she. is. strong -- both emotionally and physically.

"I told them that I wanted to be able to show the stronger side of women," Gadot told Interview magazine. "I didn't want to do the obvious role that you see in Hollywood most of the time, which is the heartbroken girl who's waiting to be rescued by the guy, blah, blah, blah. I wanted to do something different. Little did I know that I would land Wonder Woman not long after."

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13. But she knows strength doesn't necessarily equal violence.

"It was her heart that we cared about, not her being this warrior," she told Variety. "When you tell a story from the heart, all of us can relate, because all of us want to live in a safe, quiet, and peaceful world."

14. In fact, what others perceive as weakness, she sees as strengths.

"She is also the fish out of water and she comes to a new world that she has never been to before, she is this young idealist girl who believes in good and she thinks the world is super simple," Gadot explained in her interview with Emmanuel Levy, Cinema 24/7. "Just by being that, she is already vulnerable, because she doesn't understand the complexities of life. But I don't see vulnerable necessarily as a weakness. She is who she is, and she can [be] vulnerable too, that gives her a lot of leverage in different situations." 

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15. Even her weapon is not gratuitously violent.

"I like the lasso of truth," she told Variety. "There is something so beautiful about the fact that people have to tell the truth when they have the lasso around them. And it's not too violent."

16. Above all, her most valuable superpower is being a woman.

"She has so many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence," Gadot told Glamour of this true superpower. "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. I think it's a mistake when women cover their emotions to look tough. I say let's own who we are and use it as a strength."

Indeed.

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