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Gal Gadot Defends "Wonder Woman" Casting

LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Gal Gadot isn’t worried about being too slight to fill Wonder Woman’s red boots — or bustier, for that matter.

In her first interview since being cast as Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel sequel, Gadot told the Hebrew-language entertainment show Good Evening With Gai Pines, “I represent the Wonder Woman of the new world,” according to a translation posted on Batman News.

Responding to criticism that she lacks the curves of Lynda Carter, the previous actress to portray Wonder Woman on screen, Gadot said, “Breasts… anyone can buy for 9,000 shekels and everything is fine. By the way, Wonder Woman is Amazonian, and historically accurate Amazonian women actually had only one breast. So, if I’d really go ‘by the book’…it’d be problematic.

Gadot is planning to add some muscle, however.

The former model and beauty queen who completed her two-year mandatory service in the Israeli Army has already begun a “very serious training regimen” that includes Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords and Jujutsu, she said.

“I’ll gain body mass,” she told the Israeli TV show.

Before landing the part opposite Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman, Gadot was best known for her role as Gisele in the Fast & Furious movies. The 28-year-old actress got the news from her agent just after her flight from Israel landed in New York. “She says to me ‘Wonder Woman!’ and I’m like ‘What?’ – ‘The role is yours … and it’s a secret and the news is not yet announced and you can’t tell anyone, I’m saying to her ‘Are you serious?’ – and we both scream!”

“Now it’s a plane from Israel to New York and I can’t make loud noise, so I lean on a window, bending down to my legs and just trying to understand.”

Carter, who played the role of female superhero on the 1970s TV series, recently gave her blessing to Gadot.

“I care more about the character continuing than holding on to my piece of it,” Carter, 62, told London's Metro. “I hope she has fun with it.”

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