The Wonder Woman Scene Gal Gadot Had To Shoot While Pregnant

Wonder Woman

The following contains minor SPOILERS for Wonder Woman.

Reshoots have become a standard practice for big budget movies, yet Wonder Woman only reshot one scene in the film, though doing so was a bit trickier than it could have been. Director Patty Jenkins says that upon looking at the complete version of the film that she had, she only discovered one place where she felt something needed to be changed. However, a lot had happened in the time since principal photography had wrapped, as Gal Gadot was five months pregnant. However, they were able to make it work as the director felt that one scene needed to have some tension put back into it. As Diana and Steve Trevor and walking toward the front lines of World War I, the two are just talking, and apparently, the scene just needed a little something more, namely, animal cruelty. According to Jenkins...

I wanted to ramp that tension as much as possible, and unfortunately, we didn't have it. That scene was just a slightly tense scene of them walking. I was like 'I need her to see some brutality.' So, we added her seeing the horses being whipped. It was actually something that had been in the script originally.

In an era where entire story arcs are being changed in reshoots in movies like Suicide Squad and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it's remarkable to hear about such a minor reshoot via The Hollywood Reporter. It's entirely possible that you didn't even really notice the part of the scene that was added, it was far from a focal point, but it seems that Patty Jenkins felt that the scene just wasn't building tension properly and just needed something to put it over the top. It's possible that change made all the difference, as it led to one of the best action scenes we've seen in a very long time.

We knew that Gal Gadot kicked all of the ass as Wonder Woman. Knowing that she was pregnant while doing it just makes her all the more awesome.

At this point, it's refreshing to hear about a film that didn't have to go through extensive reshoots. It just goes to show that Patty Jenkins had a clear vision of the movie that she wanted to create, and with the exception of this one minor tweak, she executed exactly what she wanted to do. Oh, and also, that vision was amazing as Wonder Woman is a fantastic movie. It set box office records over the weekend while also receiving nearly universal praise from critics. Everything about the film is wonderful.

All of this taken together almost certainly means that Patty Jenkins has earned a spot among the elite film directors of today. We can't wait to see what she does next. We also can't wait to see more of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman when Justice League arrives in November.

Dirk Libbey
Content Producer/Theme Park Beat

CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis.  Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.