These movies matter pic.twitter.com/V5Sz7lFwiE— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) July 22, 2017
Meeting your idol can be overwhelming. That was certainly the case when a young girl met her ultimate idol, Wonder Woman, at Comic Con on Saturday.
Gal Gadot, the star of “Wonder Woman,” was signing autographs at the annual sci-fi convention with fellow actors of her upcoming film, “Justice League,” when a young girl in tears, named Ashley, approached her for an autograph.
“She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up. Gal was so sweet to her,” Christine Keller, the author of the children’s book, “The Adventures of Danica Dreamer” and the mother of Ashley Keller, who met Gadot, said via Twitter.
Gadot paused and held Ashley’s hand reminding her she is now friends with Wonder Woman.
“We are friends, so there’s no reason to cry anymore, all right?” Gadot said.
But Ezra Miller, who plays the Flash in “Justice League” alongside Gadot, chimed in with more encouragement for Ashley that her emotions are powerful.
“You’re a warrior,” he said. “Your ability to cry is what makes you such a warrior. Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready.”
And Ashley wasn’t the only child overwhelmed at meeting their hero that day. A young boy in the video also smiled through tears as he met Ben Affleck, who stars as Batman in “Justice League.”
The adorable encounter was followed by more exciting news: there will be a second “Wonder Woman” film.
Warner Bros. entertainment announced on Saturday that the next film is coming as it shared a slide in its presentation on upcoming ventures, TIME reports.
“Wonder Woman” broke international records at the box-office as the highest grossing film ever directed by a woman. It’s also been inspiring children with an empowering message on gender equality since the film hit theaters in June this year. The film’s director, Patty Jenkins, and Gal Gadot have not confirmed whether or not they will be a part of the sequel, but Jenkins told CNN that Gadot was a huge part of the reason the first film was so successful.
“Not only do I believe in her, she blows me away," Jenkins told CNN. "It made it much easier to have the greatest Wonder Woman in the world put in the palm of my hand."
And until a “Wonder Woman” sequel is back in theaters, it’s encouraging to see an on-screen superhero take on a role empowering girls and women in her own everyday life.
“These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people,” Keller wrote on Facebook. “What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life. Thank you, Gal Gadot!”