One of the biggest attractions at this past weekend’s SDCC was the Justice League panel, featuring five stars from the film including Ben Affleck (Batman), Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash), Ray Fisher (Cyborg) and Gadot (Wonder Woman). Gadot, naturally, is currently riding on a career high thanks to the blockbuster success of Wonder Woman, which this past weekend became the highest-grossing film this summer with $389 million in ticket sales.
Telling the origins story of Diana, princess of the Amazons, Wonder Woman has attracted new fans from across the spectrum, including young girls thanks to the film’s theme of female empowerment. Not surprisingly, a lot of Wonder Woman cosplayers were in attendance at SDCC, but one young girl, named Ashley, was captured on video by Variety because of the tearful encounter she had with Gadot during the film panel’s autograph session.
Clearly moved by the girl’s reaction to meeting her hero, Gadot held Ashley’s wrist and asked her not to be upset, adding, “But now we’re friends so there’s no reason to cry anymore, all right? Because we are together.” By the time the encounter is over, Gadot encouraged the girl to smile.
Gadot’s castmates also got to enjoy and participate in the moment as it unfolded. Affleck said, “That’s sweet,” while Miller told Ashley, “You’re a warrior. Your ability to cry is what makes you such a warrior. Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready.”
After tearful moment with Gadot, Ashley’s mother, Christine Keller, tweeted, “She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up. Gal was so sweet to her. Memories of a lifetime!”
The video of Ashley’s moving moment with Gadot, as well as another moment caught on video where Momoa assures a young fan that Superman is OK in Justice League, showed the true spirit of what SDCC is all about. Yes, it’s a celebration of the films and the people who make and are featured in them, but it also gives people like Gadot an opportunity to spread goodwill with the people inspired by her work. Gadot could have simply just signed an autograph for Ashley and sent her on her way, but instead the actress genuinely showed the girl just how much her feelings meant to her and her fellow cast mates.
Catching the video Ashley’s meeting with Gadot, perhaps Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson, summed it up best by tweeting, “These movies matter.”
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