Not gonna lie. It was pretty cool to see Team Wonder Woman assembled today. Lynda Carter and Gal Gadot were on hand as Wonder Woman was made an Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls.
That’s a fitting role for Wonder Woman as she’s always been portrayed as the Amazon’s ambassador to the world. Now it’s official. Wonder Woman will be used to promote the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goal #5, which focuses on gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls as a critical component of a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world, according to DC Entertainment.
With the new movie on the horizon next year the timing is great. Regardless of people’s thoughts on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most folks agree Wonder Woman was one of the highlights.
‘While the world has achieved progress towards gender equality, in many parts of the world, women and girls continue to suffer discrimination and violence. Gender equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also a foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world,’ said UN Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information, Cristina Gallach in a statement. ‘…and Wonder Woman will be another valuable partner for us to achieve such a world by inspiring her millions of fans worldwide to stand up for gender equality.’
DC Comics and Warner Bros. is planning an extensive promotional effort on behalf of Wonder Woman’s new role. DC is releasing a 2017 comic to highlight Wonder Women encouraging young women and girls. For the first time in DC’s history, the book will be released simultaneously in the United Nations’ six official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spain.
Additionally, be on the lookout for more efforts including DC’s DC Super Hero Girls graphic novels, TV movies and toys.
‘The greatest honor and responsibility of playing Wonder Woman was serving as a role model for fans around the world, particularly girls,’ said Carter said in a statement. ‘I’ve seen first-hand how a powerful yet compassionate superhero can inspire women to believe in themselves and men to support equality.’
Seeing Carter and Gadot together made me realize a ridiculous fact. They’re the only actors to have played a live-action Wonder Woman. Considering her iconic status as THE first name in superheroines that’s pretty pathetic. We’ve had twice as many Punishers as Wonder Women. And the number of Superman and Batman actors is staggering. Superman’s TV roles alone eclipse that with Supergirl’s Tyler Hoechlin, Lois & Clark’s Dean Cain and Smallville’s Tom Welling.
Clearly, there’s a lot of work to be done on that front. But it’s great to see Wonder Woman leading the charge.
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