Actress Gal Gadot said recently that Wonder Woman, the iconic super-heroine who punches, kicks and otherwise bludgeons her foes, will no longer carry a sword because it’s too “aggressive.”
Gadot, who is set to reprise her role as the Amazonian warrior princess in the upcoming “Wonder Woman 1984,” made the remarks on Sunday while addressing media and fans at Comic Con Experience in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
“Wonder Woman does not carry a weapon. We had an intention to let go of the sword because there’s something very aggressive with the sword,” she said in footage of the event captured by CinePop. “If you have a sword you need to use it, so we wanted to give that up and we didn’t feel that the shield was necessary either. She’s a goddess, she can fight, she’s super strong, and she has the skills and the lasso.”
Gadot also spoke out in support of victims of domestic violence.
“I would deeply encourage every woman, person, who is in a violent relationship to reach out for help,” she said. “No one deserves to be in such a situation.”
Media outlets have made much of the supposed cultural resonance of the “Wonder Woman” film series, which features Gadot in a lead role and is helmed by a female director, Patty Jenkins.
Some of them might welcome the decision to relieve Wonder Woman of her “phallic” sword.
A small minority of Twitter users on social media took issue with the weapon around the time the first “Wonder Woman” film debuted.
“Am I the only one bothered by the sword in the new Wonder Woman poster? Why does it look so phallic? Why is that all I can see?” tweeted one such user.
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