Israeli actress Gal Gadot is set to hit the big screen as Wonder Woman in her own movie this June.
But playing the DC Universe's most fearless heroine requires preparation, and for Gal Gadot, this came in the form of an intense fitness regime.
She shared the program she went through with news.com.au, which included horse riding and weapon training. Playing the Amazonian princess, she had to be familiar with fighting, as the movie is set in World War I, where she helps 'fight the bad guys'.
Gadot served in the army for two years, which is compulsory for all Israeli citizens, so she was familiar with certain aspects of the training.
“The weapon training I liked the most,” she said. “I know how to use a gun and I know about combat training.”
She also explained that her dancing background was a big help with learning how to fight on screen.
“I was a dancer for 12 years and so learning the fight choreography reminded me a lot of dancing. I enjoyed that.”
However there were parts of the training that she found more challenging.
“I thought I was going to love horse riding because it always looked as if it’d be so easy,” she said. “It’s not. It was super painful and I had tons of bruises.”
Gadot has been drawn to action movies due to her love of the outdoors, and it seems she won't be stopping now.
“It appeals to me,” she said. “I was very active growing up and I’ve always enjoyed using my body as a tool of expression.”
There is already talk that there could be a Wonder Woman sequel, though it all depends on the box office!
Wonder Woman hits screens this Thursday, June 1.