Hollywood may be about to learn how profitable a female superhero can be when "Wonder Woman" hits theaters this weekend, but star Gal Gadot hopes audiences walk away with a different nugget of wisdom.
"Never give up and never lose hope," the actress told Entertainment Weekly when asked what she hopes viewers take away from the DC Comics adaptation.
"I think that even when we've been exposed to situations that are really far from who we are and different to our perspective, we need to have tolerance to one another and we need to accept different views. And we need to never, ever lose hope," she continued.
The message is a timely one for Americans with divisive President Donald Trump in office.
Co-star Chris Pine, who plays a World War II soldier without any super powers in the highly anticipated movie, added, "It's not this woman's great superpowers that win the day — it's really love and compassion."
"There's a moment toward the end of the film that exemplifies that. I think this idea of empathy and compassion and love being a weapon is really important," he said. "There's a deeper musical note happening here that I think if it touches some people out there, and they take it to heart, is very, very important."
So far, "Wonder Woman" has been greeted with warm reviews from critics, making it Warner Bros.' best reviewed superhero movie since "The Dark Knight." According to Deadline, box office estimates are predicting a $175 million global haul on opening weekend, with $65-$75 million coming from the domestic box office.
This Friday will be the first time the iconic DC superhero has had her own adventure on the big screen, following her introduction in "Batman v Superman," and of course the decades-old "Wonder Woman" TV series that starred Linda Carter as the eponymous hero.
"You could say that I felt some pressure. I feel very privileged that I got the opportunity to portray such an iconic, strong female character," Gadot said. "I adore this character and everything that she stands for and everything that she symbolizes. But of course this character is so big and iconic, and the expectations that all of the fans have for it are huge. Hopefully after they watch the movie they'll be pleased."