All The World Is Waiting For You And The Power You Possess

Let me start by saying there will be no movie spoilers in this post, so you’re safe to continue reading. Let me also tell you that I am not normally a superhero person, but Wonder Woman has always meant something to me. Not because she’s a badass (although that is an added bonus) but because when I was little, I thought I was related to her. I’ll get to that part in a moment. First, a spoiler-free comment about the movie:

It’s amazing and you should definitely take your kids to see it or go see it with a group of friends. There are a couple of little things in the movie that seem more like the studio wanted it than what the screen writer and director, Patty Jenkins, (who did a phenomenal job, by the way) had a vision of. I could be wrong, but those moments weren’t deal-breakers for me, so it’s fine. I would definitely go see it again.

Ok, now that we’ve gotten that part out of the way, let’s get to the part where I’m an adult who ugly-cried in a superhero movie.

If you’ve been around for say, the last 75 years, you’ve probably heard of Wonder Woman. If you were around in the 70s and had a tv, chances are you watched the Wonder Woman series where Lynda Carter brought this character to life. If you were like me, not only were you fascinated and impressed by this person who could deflect bullets with cuffs on her wrists, or use a lasso to get people to tell the truth, but you learned a valuable lesson in compassion and empathy for our fellow humans, and wanted to work hard to make the world a better place for all.

Before this movie came out, I hadn’t watched the trailer for it. The first time I saw the trailer was today when I searched online to watch it before I started writing this post. I knew the movie was coming out soon, so I figured I’d eventually go to the theatre with a group of friends to see it weeks after it was released. But my friend, Jenna, had passes to go to the premiere last night and asked me if I’d like to be her date, so of course I said yes. When we arrived at the Pantages Theatre for the screening, I took this silly photo of the empty carpet behind us as we entered the theatre and posted it to Twitter, saying “The Invisible Jet was parked on the carpet AND I GOT A PHOTO OF IT!” And yes, I’m still laughing at my stupid joke, but whatever. IT’S FUNNY.

Once inside the theatre, we made our way to our seats, and the movie began. Again, no spoilers, but there was a moment early on in the movie that made me tear up, which I didn’t expect, so I quickly wiped my eyes. Throughout the movie, there are many funny parts, a ton of incredible action sequences featuring many badass women (Robin Wright being one of them, whose character trains Diana to be the Amazonian Warrior Princess she eventually becomes.) When the movie ended, I found myself in tears. Like, big time “oh god I feel like I’m about to ugly cry let’s get to the bathroom quick” kind of tears.

Again, no spoilers, but this story hit me right in the feels. We all know she’s about fighting for justice, how she cares about people and wants to help them in any way she can. She sees suffering and wants it to stop. She sees how the selfish actions of others will cause lives to be destroyed and even though she has the best intentions, she knows she can’t save everyone. Growing up, she was constantly reminded that she’s stronger than she believes, and her own efforts can and will make a difference in the lives of others if she tries hard enough. All of this sound familiar? Hello, current state of our country. I know it took a couple of years to make this film, but it feels relevant to our lives in so many ways that it almost feels like the filmmakers knew this is just what we needed to see right now.

After finally composing myself, Jenna and I made our way over to the after party. We walked around so she could take pictures of the costumes on display from the movie (which are posted on @ComingSoonnet Twitter account if you want to see them) and we eventually found a couple of our friends there so we stopped and chatted with them. My friend, Courtney Simmons, whose job is SVP, Publicity & Communications (and an all- around awesome person) at DC Comics, found me and came over to ask what I thought of the movie. I won’t give details on that conversation because MOVIE SPOILERS, but I also told her why I thought Wonder Woman was related to me when I was a kid. She thought it was a great story and said “Come with me. You should tell Lynda Carter this story.”


I was a little hesitant at first because I didn’t want to bother her, and I am not normally one to ask for a photo or an autograph from a celebrity, but that wasn’t what this was about. This was about a person who created a wonderful childhood memory of mine and she has no idea. It was about gratitude. And in a world where things like gratitude should and need to be shared more often, I agreed to follow Courtney over to her. She introduced us, and then I sat down on the sofa next to Ms. Carter and told her this story.

When I was a kid, I was CONVINCED I was related to Wonder Woman because my (maiden) last name was Prince. Diana Prince was obviously just a relative I hadn’t met yet, but when I did, I assumed I’d get to ride in her Invisible Jet where she’d take me to the family vacation spot known as Paradise Island. You know, like family does. Although we never met (and I grew older and realized we weren’t actually related) the values Wonder Woman had stuck with me for my entire life. I finished my story and Lynda smiled and said “I just love stories like this. You have such a sparkle in your eye when you tell it so I know how happy it makes you. Thank you for sharing it with me.” We talked for a few more minutes about how Gal Gadot, in her own (super kick-ass) way did such an incredible job carrying on this torch of a character Lynda first got to play over 40 years ago. I showed her my silly picture of her Invisible Jet parked on the carpet out front, which she thought was hilarious, and then I said my goodbyes and made my way out of the seating area.

Courtney stopped me as I was leaving to introduce me to Lynda’s husband, Robert. Courtney told him I had a childhood Wonder Woman story I shared with Lynda, and Robert thanked me for telling her about it. He said all she ever wanted was for the Wonder Woman character to live on and inspire others, and it finally happened. As he was saying this to me with a huge smile on his face, tears of joy filled his eyes, which of course, made me cry as well. I walked back to my friends, and looked down to see I had a text message on my phone from Courtney. She had taken a photo while I was on the sofa talking so I could see how happy I looked when I told Lynda my story.  I didn’t know she was going to do that, and I don’t know what I was saying at this exact moment, but I love everything about this picture.

It was getting late, so my friends and I made our way out front to the sidewalk to wait for our ride. As I was standing there, I turned to see Robin Wright next to me. We made eye contact, so I leaned closer and quietly thanked her for being part of this movie. The things she gets to say to encourage Diana to be the superhero she eventually becomes is so inspiring to hear, and I wanted her to know that. She thanked me and said “Isn’t it great that kids get to see this and hear those things? I’m just so grateful I got to be part of it!” and then she hopped in her car and left.

Once home, I tried to give Wil a re-cap of the night, but I was still pretty emotional about my whole experience, which made cry again. GEEZ. I know not everyone is going to have the same reaction that I did when they see it. I’m sure some moviegoers just love that Wonder Woman FINALLY gets to have her own movie. Some may want to see it because it’s an action/superhero movie and they love those types of movies. But I have a feeling that women especially (of all ages) will see this and be inspired because we truly are stronger than we believe, and in our own unique way, we are all Wonder Women.


30 thoughts on “All The World Is Waiting For You And The Power You Possess

  1. Thank you for sharing your story, especially with Lynda Carter and her husband.

  2. When I was a little boy in kindergarten, we learned how to make bracelets out of construction paper. So mine had crayon stars and I would run around at recess deflecting all the bullets.

  3. Thank you for sharing your stories. I do so enjoy reading them. I know know I need to bring Kleenex with me to the movies. I cried reading this. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie. I as a young girl watched Lynda Carter on the tv spin and transform into Winder Woman ever week. Know I dress up as Wonder Woman as much as I can. I am involved in a charity Cosplay group where I live so I get to get a super hero fairly frequently. It brings me such joy when little kids run up and hug me and thank me for being Wonder Woman. So next Thursday on June 1st I am going to the movies in full costume to meet and greet movie goers and to celebrate my birthday. I can imagine a better way to celebrate. Wow this totally ran on. Again thank you for sharing. Your stories bring me joy and hope. Have a Wonderful weekend.

  4. It’s all this dust in the air, I’ve just go something in both my eyes.

  5. Well, they say you should never meet your heroes. Obviously they were wrong! 🙂

    Thanks for sharing the story. Looking forward to seeing the movie.

  6. So, the fact that Gal Gadot is tiny, super tiny…. Like “looks up to look Steve Trevor in the eye” tiny didn’t bother you?

    My Wonder Woman is an Amazon. She looks Superman squarely in the eye and looks down at the top of Batman’s head.

    So… does the movie do a good job of minimizing her tinyness? Because I’ve had issues with her casting all along due to her tiny stature. There are many other worthy actresses out there who have the stature I expect from Wonder Woman.

    1. It didn’t bother me at all. She was at the premiere and came out and spoke. She’s 5’10 (an inch taller than Lynda Carter) without those boots on and Chris Pine is only 6 feet. She did gain 17 pounds of muscle for the movie so she actually looked way more buff and bulky to me than Lynda Carter did in the original series. I suspect if you have an issue with it and feel other actresses were more worthy, you may miss everything else good about the movie because you’re focused on that, and that’s ok. It doesn’t have to be for everyone!

      1. Nope I’m completely open to it – I didn’t realize she was that tall. She looked tiny in BvS which was the origin of my concern. If all the ladies are believable Amazons I’ll be totally down with it. Wonder Woman is near and dear to my heart so I hold it to an absurdly high standard! 😀

  7. i cried reading your words. i grew up watching and loving wonder woman so i am looking forward to seeing the movie. xo

  8. That’s wonderful and I love the picture of the two of you together. I’m looking forward to seeing it next weekend, though I will have to go alone.

  9. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful experience. I started following you & Wil on twitter because “Hey cute doggy & kitty” pics. But you both care about the world we live in and you both are an inspiration. Thanks again

  10. Loved this post and it made me tear up. As a “child of the 70’s” my mom and I used to watch Lynda as Wonder Woman. That show was badass. They are playing reruns on TV now and I am watching with my daughter. We are going to see the movie next week together also, she is so excited.

  11. I have always loved Wonder Woman. Lynda was great on television; college bf GAVE me his collection of comics published in the 80’s that retold her origin story; have been patiently awaiting this retelling.

    If I could find a “women only” screening to attend in North Hollywood, I would pay the premium, especially since she arrives in theaters on “My Birthday Eve”. I’ll probably end up waiting for a midweek matinee & see it with hubby (aka college bf!).

    Grateful/envious you got to attend the premiere, and chat with the ladies, and share it all with us here! *Did Lynda secretly offer you a jet ride? 😉

  12. Thank you for sharing this story Anne! Of course, now I am left ugly crying at work….

  13. I cried while reading this, too. So awesome, and such a super-ridiculously-awesome treat to tell your story to Lynda Carter and thank Robin Wright. ❤️❤️❤️

  14. You know that “aawwww” sound that an entire audience will make when they witness/hear something touching? Yeah, that sound was in my head basically the entire time reading this post. So adorable, so genuine…and I can’t wait to see the movie for myself. Thanks for sharing your story with us!

  15. Thank you for sharing, Anne!! I’ve been a HUGE Wonder Woman fan since I was a little girl (I also liked Electra Woman and Dyna Girl AND Isis). In retrospect, I was a huge fan of female super heroines!
    I just have to say, you & I share the same birthdate as does my husband and Wil (but we were born in ’64). My husband follows you two on twitter and such.
    Thanks for sharing everything you do!

  16. I am from Austin, and if anyone reads the buzz worthy news lately, you’ll see what a stink (flower-smelling stink) we are making!! (our mayor is pretty awesome too)
    My son CANNOT wait for us to go see this movie and he’s going to be a freshman in high school!
    I CANNOT wait to see this movie!

  17. I full-on sobbed during the credits and walked around in a daze for most of the rest of the day. I have never had a movie effect me so much. I’m so happy that my students will get to grow up with a Wonder Woman treated with true respect and love! ❤️

  18. So now that it’s a hit, can we maybe get some other female superhero movies made? Black Widow, maybe? Or Captain Marvel? Batgirl? Huntress?

    Hello? Hello? Hey Hollywood? Is this thing even on?

  19. I went to the movie with my grown daughter. The audience was the most mixed of male and female, multi-generational that I have ever seen at a movie (though I must admit that until I retired, I only made it to one or two movies a year — though they were usually of the same genre as WW, so probably still good for comparison).

  20. I finally went and saw it, and then came back and re-read your post. I cried the first time I read it, cried during the movie, and cried again.
    As a kid, Wonder Woman was my escape…I join all the others who survived childhood because of our imaginations.
    For me, this movie took sacred ground, and kept it sacred.
    Holy buckets, it was beautiful.
    It’s pretty cool to think that kids, especially little girls, will have this old hero with a new story to get lost in.
    Anyway, love your words…thanks for sharing such a cool experience!

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