How 'Wonder Woman' is inspiring fans around the world
See the creative ways that everyone from Oprah Winfrey to kindergarteners are celebrating the movie.
The new Wonder Woman film, which is receiving rave reviews from us and the rest of the world, has broken box office records in multiple categories. It's even being considered for an Academy Award for Best Picture.
And it's having an outsize influence outside the theater as well. People everywhere are being inspired by Israeli actress Gal Gadot and the strong character she plays in the film. Below, we round up some of our favorite ways that everyday folks (and some celebrities) are getting involved...
She may not have been giving away a car, but Oprah Winfrey was giving out plenty of Wonder Woman swag this week. The talk show icon held a Wonder Woman-themed party at her mansion for 28 ten-year-olds and their parents. They had Wonder Woman popcorn buckets, flip flops, and costumes for all the attendees. She also served them a cake that looked like Gal Gadot, courtesy of celebrity chef Duff Goldman's Charm City Cakes.
My producer just sent me this... ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE! This makes every hard day worth it. Thank you to whomever wrote it!!❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/3DzIaMueIh— Patty Jenkins (@PattyJenks) June 11, 2017
A kindergarten teacher shared a list of 11 ways her students were influenced by the Wonder Woman character, including encouraging them to learn new languages and play nicer during recess. One girl even asked if she could ditch her school uniform in favor of a Wonder Woman outfit because "she wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world."
My daughter, like all American girls, is in training to be Wonder Woman. Note the determination. pic.twitter.com/K2HE0F3KqR— Faith Salie (@Faith_Salie) June 11, 2017
Over in Canada, a five-year-old named Rosie wouldn't eat her vegetables. But when her parents said it would make her strong like Wonder Woman, she instantly chowed down. "It has permeated how she is looking at daily elements of her life from choosing not to step on an ant, to confidently sparring with her brother, to comforting a friend scared by thunder," her parents told the BBC.
Hollywood's Colin Trevorrow, who will be directing "Star Wars: Episode IX," simply tweeted a photo of his four-year-old daughter before and after she saw the movie. "She had a very profound reaction to it," Trevorrow told film news site Fandango. "She came out and was like, 'I'm going to want to watch that every day, and I am Wonder Woman now.' It was pretty stunning to see it happen. It's important, that movie. It really is."
Couples come up with all sorts of clever ways to announce that they're pregnant. In the case of "Saturday Night Live" performer Bobby Moynihan, the New York actor and his wife surprised fans by couching their announcement in praise of the new movie. In an Instagram post shortly after the film was released, Moynihan asked director Patty Jenkins: "How soon do you think is appropriate to show my daughter the Wonder Woman film? She's due in July. Thanks for making it easier to be a dad. What an amazing, beautiful movie. Thanks to you and Gal Gadot."
Filipino actor and TV host Paolo Ballesteros is renowned for his incredible impersonations and makeup transformations. In videos to his millions of fans on social media, he's turned into everyone from Angelina Jolie to Emma Stone. In his latest video, the 34-year-old kicks his celebrity lookalike skills up a notch by turning himself into Gal Gadot's twin. Gadot's reaction? "Wow!" the Israeli actress said when she saw it. "This is incredible."
When tennis sensation Johanna Konta won her 300th career win at the Aegon Open on Tuesday, reporters asked her what she planned on doing after the victory. "I am hoping to get my team together this afternoon so we can go to the cinema," she told them. "I want to watch 'Wonder Woman'." Perhaps "I'm seeing Wonder Woman" has become the new "I'm going to Disney World" for sports winners. As ESPN noted: "It is a fitting choice of film as the 26-year-old, ranked No. 8 in the world, has become the superhero of British women's tennis following her surge to the top of the game over the last two years."
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