The legendary San Diego Comic-Con was a scene of tears and inspiration on Saturday, July 22 at the panel for the new Justice League film. Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot was approached by a young fan in a Wonder Woman costume who, upon meeting her hero, burst into tears at the table.
Reaching across to gently grasp the young girl’s hands, Gadot told her comfortingly, “Now we are friends, so there is no reason to cry anymore. We are together!”
The actress and fan shared a brief yet special conversation, with nearby costar Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash, chiming in to remind the girl, “You’re a warrior. I think the ability to let yourself cry is what makes you such a warrier. Come join the Justice League whenever you’re ready!”
The video of the exchange went viral, and viewers have commented on how it emphasizes once again the importance of female representation in films and media.
Wonder Woman, directed by Patty Jenkins, has made a massive impact in the mere two months since its release, garnering a domestic box office of $395 m and an international box office of $786 m. Forbes film industry contributor Scott Mendelson notes that it is the largest grossing non-Disney/non-Universal 3D film since Avatar (2009), and claims it will become the biggest original stand-alone comic book superhero movie once it surpasses Spider-Man (2002), which hit $402 m domestically.
The popularity of the film is satisfying proof that woman-led blockbusters are viable, not only financially but critically, with Wonder Woman receiving a 92 percent “Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Its success, many hope and foresee, will lead to more films directed by women and starring women.
The film’s cultural impact on young girls and boys is already well-established: only a few days after its release, Gadot and Jenkins both tweeted about a note they had received from a kindergarten worker, listing the effects the movie had on the class.
One girl asked her parents to change her Beauty and the Beast birthday party to a Wonder Woman theme only days before the celebration. A boy who absolutely loved Iron Man asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox. Another girl printed out a list of woman superheroes and all their powers so that she and her friends could delegate roles at recess. The list concluded, “Consider this your friendly reminder that if this movie completely changed the way these girls and boys thought about themselves in a week, imagine what the next generation will achieve if we give them more movies like Wonder Woman.”
For these children, as well as the young fan who cried as she met Gal Gadot at Comic-Con, Wonder Woman has already shaped both the way they view themselves and the roles of women in the world.
Gal Gadot, as Wonder Woman, will return to screens in Justice League on November 17, and the recently announced Wonder Woman 2 has been planned for a release in 2019. Watch the heartwarming Comic-Con exchange here:
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