When you watch “Wonder Woman” this summer, the occasional shot of her kicking ass might look a little strange or digitally altered. Turns out there’s a good reason for that.
In November, Gadot was on set in London in her Wonder Woman costume doing additional filming and reshoots. She tells EW that while the close-up shots involving her face were easy – the rest was a bit more difficult.
The problem was she was five months pregnant at the time – a pregnancy that was a visually obvious and impossible to hide behind a shield or Wonder Woman’s armor which she had to wear in some of the shots.
The filmmakers came up with a solution – cut out the stomach of the armor and put green fabric over Gadot’s stomach so that her baby bump could be edited out in post-production: “On close-up, I looked very much like Wonder Woman. On wide shots, I looked very funny, like Wonder Woman pregnant with Kermit the Frog.”
Director Patty Jenkins says the reshoots reminded her of Gadot’s tireless work ethic:
“She’s pregnant during part of the movie, in a suit out in a field in the freezing cold in others. There are so many things we asked her to do: Now do it on one foot. Now shout while you’re doing it. Now it’s raining in the freezing cold and you’ve lost your voice, go. Every day it was a hilarious gauntlet and she would do it. Now, at least, we will be able to tell her [new] daughter Maya that she’s in her mom’s stomach right then, in the middle of that battle scene.”
As Gadot puts it, in the final product you hopefully won’t be able to tell the difference between the shots of when she was and wasn’t with child – either way, the sheer determination is incredibly admirable.
“Wonder Woman” opens in cinemas on June 2nd.