Gal Gadot is Wonder Woman, a superhero as beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, strong as Hercules, and swift as Hermes. Joss Whedon is Toxic Asshole, a filmmaker who allegedly mistreated Gal, Ray Fisher, Charisma Carpenter, Michelle Trachtenberg, his ex-wife Kai Cole, and many others. The Gal vs. Joss story goes like this: on the set of 2017’s Justice League, Gal didn’t like how Joss had written Wonder Woman in his revised script. She told him her concerns, and he responded by trying to turn Wonder Woman-director Patty Jenkins against her (snort) and threatening her career. Gal confirmed this version of events in May and added that she “handled it on the spot” by reporting his ass to Warner Bros. Now, in a new interview with Elle Magazine, Gal is sharing that she was “shocked” at how Joss spoke to her, and she was “shaking trees as soon as it happened.” Trees full of coconuts that hopefully bonked Joss’ giant melon-head.
In the interview, Gal claims to hate conflict, but admits she has a strong sense of “righteousness.” For example, her salary as a relative-unknown on the first Wonder Woman film was $300,000. But after the film made $800 million at the box office, she made sure she was paid fairly for the sequel (reportedly “30-plus times that salary”). Gal says she wasn’t scared to play hardball, because “when I’m righteous, I’m also right.” The interviewer asked Gal how she reacted to Joss threatening her career, and she said, via Elle:
“Oh, I was shaking trees as soon as it happened. And I must say that the heads of Warner Brothers, they took care of it…. Going back to the sense of righteousness that I have…you’re dizzy because you can’t believe this was just said to you. And if he says it to me, then obviously he says it to many other people. I just did what I felt like I had to do. And it was to tell people that it’s not okay.”
Good point. If Joss is treating a famous movie star like shit, how is he treating the PAs? The poor kids probably all have second-degree burns from getting scalding hot coffee thrown into their faces: “I said SOY, not almond milk, you fat fuck! Your career in this town is OVER.” Gal adds:
“I would’ve done the same thing, I think, if I was a man. Would he tell me what he told me had I been a man? I don’t know. We’ll never know. But my sense of justice is very strong. I was shocked by the way that he spoke to me. But whatever, it’s done. Water under the bridge.”
Oh shit, is that seemingly innocent “water under the bridge” comment actually a dig at Joss looking like a troll who lives under a bridge? I choose to believe: YES.
Here is Gal’s Elle cover and some photos:
It’s a shame they forgot her pants!