Unlike Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot has a uniquely challenging road ahead of her with the role of Diana Prince. Wonder Woman has never been portrayed in a modern live-action superhero movie setting, so the responsibility of building her from the ground up is squarely on her shoulders. This challenge existed as far back as Gadot’s audition for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, so how did she prepare for the daunting tryout process? She listened to a lot of Beyoncé, of course. Gadot explained:
When I auditioned for Batman v Superman, I didn’t know it was for Wonder Woman. The director, Zack Snyder, asked me to do a camera test. That was torture. They were looking at six or seven girls, and we were all in separate trailers and were told to stay inside until they called us. Waiting is my enemy Number One, and I was losing my mind. So, I decided to put on Beyoncé. Who runs the world? Girls! I just started to dance, and I let my anxiety go. Thank you, Beyoncé!
If you have ever played music to get pumped up for a sporting event, then Gal Gadot’s comments to W Magazine should sound somewhat familiar. She clearly understood the gravity of the situation when she went in to audition for Wonder Woman (even though she didn’t know she was trying out to play Diana Prince) and she used Beyoncé to psyche herself up for the challenge. We’ve all been wikthere before, Ms. Gadot.
Of course, while we’re sure Queen Bey helped get Gal Gadot nice and pumped up for her Wonder Woman audition, it seems incredibly likely that she was already high on Zack Snyder‘s list of possible actresses. It makes sense when we consider the fact that she was already definitely on Snyder’s radar. In fact, Gadot actually famously auditioned for the role of Faora in 2013’s Man of Steel — before the role ultimately went to German actress Antje Traue.
All things being equal, I think it’s safe to say that Gal Gadot is probably pretty happy with the way things ultimately turned out. Portraying one of the most iconic superheroes of all time offers quite a bit more job security than playing a henchwoman, as Man of Steel very clearly proved. It’s been great to watch her develop and grow in the role, and we can all thank Beyoncé for making it possible.