One of the best parts of attending Comic-Con is meeting your heroes. For some fans, however, it can be incredibly emotional. One young Wonder Woman cosplayer became a bit overwhelmed as she met her hero, Gal Gadot, in person for the first time. Gadot responded by taking the young girl by her hands and gently encouraging her. Video footage shows Gadot comforting her young fan, telling her that "now we're friends so there's no need to cry anymore, all right? Because we are together." Co-stars Ben Affleck and Ezra Miller both chime in. Affleck comments on Gadot's gentle nature, while Miller also tries to help the young girl, saying, "You're a warrior. Your ability to cry is what makes you such a warrior. Come join the Justice League whenever you get ready." (Hands up if you could use that phrase on a motivational poster.)
The young girl's mom is author Christine Keller, who wrote The Adventures of Danica Dreamer. She responded to a tweet containing a still from the video, saying how "sweet" Gadot was to her daughter, and calling the event "memories of a lifetime!".
That was my daughter. She was so happy to meet her that she was tearing up. Gal was so sweet to her. Memories of a lifetime!— Danica Dreamer (@DanicaDreamer) July 23, 2017
Keller also wrote about the encounter on her Facebook page, saying:
Danica Dreamer meets Wonder Woman! These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people. 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! <3
In the same video, a little boy also breaks down after meeting Batman (Ben Affleck). Reactions from young fans like these proves that superheroes matter. Having a positive role model to look up to is important for all young kids. Take a look at the video below (maybe grab a box of Kleenex first):
Gal Gadot No Stranger To Young Cosplaying Fans
Gal Gadot's reaction to young, cosplaying fans proves how perfect she is for the role of Wonder Woman. Earlier this year, writer Yolanda Machado took to Twitter to thank Gadot and director Patty Jenkins after her daughter met them at an event.
While there is a compelling argument to be made about superhero fatigue, images like these show that superhero films are still incredibly important.