How Wonder Woman Handled Gal Gadot's Pregnancy During Reshoots

Wonder Woman with sword

Reshoots have become increasingly common for major blockbusters, but certain things aren't always the same for these later shoots as they were during principal photography. In Gal Gadot's case, when Wonder Woman conducted its reshoots last November, six months after the main production had ended, she was five months pregnant with her daughter. Having Diana of Themyscira suddenly looking like she was carrying life within her would have made for poor continuity, so to navigate around this, the Wonder Woman crew used visual effects to mask her pregnancy, specifically with a green cloth that the actress wore around her belly.

When Wonder Woman regrouped last year at Leavesden Studios for reshoots, the costumers cut out a triangle in the front of Gal Gadot's costume, and with the green cloth placed over that area, the post-production team would have a frame of reference on where they needed to adjust her figure with visual effects. While Gadot joked to EW that the wide shots of her wearing this cloth made her look like she was pregnant with Kermit the Frog, director Patty Jenkins commended the actress for all that she put up with while she was still carrying her daughter Maya. Jenkins said:

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. Everyday 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.

Few kids can say they were their mother's womb while a major movie battle scene is being shot, but Maya will be able to brag about that when she's older. Or Gal Gadot will keep bringing it up to her daughter. Either way, the fact that Gadot went through all that Jenkins described above is admirable, and didn't just go noticed by the Wonder Woman director. Here's what producer Charles Roven had to say about watching Gadot perform during the reshoot period:

Part of what we were doing was augmenting some of the final action piece. She couldn't do a huge amount of physical activity but she was being aggressive. She still had to be fierce. That was special. I've been doing this for awhile but I've never that had that experience before.

Gal Gadot's daughter Maya was born last month, and she is the actress' second daughter, with sister Alma being born in 2011. While Gadot looks after the newest addition to her family, moviegoers will see how her hard work paid off, both during the main production and reshoots, when Wonder Woman hits theaters on June 2. Gadot will also reprise Diana this November for Justice League.

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