We still have a few more months left before Gal Gadot returns as Wonder Woman in her stand alone movie next summer, but this year marks the 75th Anniversary of the beloved character's creation. This superhero icon was portrayed on the big screen for the first time this spring in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and next week, the anniversary celebration continues with the United Nations naming this hero an honorary ambassador for the empowerment of women and girls at a special ceremony. Both Gal Gadot and the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter, are scheduled to appear at the event.
The Los Angeles Times reports that this event will mark the first time Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter will meet in person. The ceremony will also be attended by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson and other special guests. The ceremony will take place one week from today, Friday, October 21.
This ceremony will also launch the U.N.'s global campaign known as Sustainable Development Goal No. 5, which strives to "achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls." Wonder Woman's popularity is greater than ever, thanks to the success of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which took in $873.2 million at the worldwide box office this spring. Gal Gadot will return as Diana of Themyscira in Wonder Woman, hitting theaters June 2, 2017, and in the highly-anticipated Justice League, debuting November 17, 2017.
Lynda Carter first brought Diana of Themyscira to life on the small screen with the Wonder Woman TV series, which ran for three seasons between 1975 and 1979. The original series remains so popular that DC Comics recently published a new comic dubbed Wonder Woman '77, set in the same universe as the TV show, written by Marc Andreyko. We also reported yesterday that Warner Bros. is considering an animated movie based on Wonder Woman '77, according to a survey handed out to moviegoers who saw Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders this week, during its limited theatrical run.
We also recently learned that Wonder Woman's story will be told in a much different way. We reported last week that Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions picked up Professor Marston and The Wonder Women, starring Luke Evans as Wonder Woman creator William Marson. The biopic will explore how his open relationship with his wife Elizabeth (Rebecca Hall) and one of his former students Olivia Byrne (Bella Heathcote) helped influence the creation of Wonder Woman. Take a look at both Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter's tweets below about this United Nations ceremony.
The United Nations will name Wonder Woman the Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women & Girls, and I’m... https://t.co/ta2bJlgxZf— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) October 13, 2016