'Wonder Woman' Star Gal Gadot and Cast on Their Landmark Movie: 'After 75 Years, It's About Time'

·Senior Correspondent, Yahoo Entertainment

Wonder Woman isn’t the first female superhero-led movie ever released, as much as we’d like to forget the ill-conceived Supergirl (1984), Catwoman (2004), and Elektra (2005), or fringe heroines that tanked like, well, Tank Girl (1995) or Barb Wire (1996). But the long-awaited DC Comics standalone movie is a landmark release for numerous reasons. For one, Diana Prince has always been — and will likely always be — the most beloved superheroine, yet she has never had her own major film. Also, during a golden age of superhero movies, it’s dumbfounding that 12 years have passed since the the last female-powered comic-book movie hit theaters.

But let’s let the cast explain…

“Boys, when you guys grow up, you have Batman or Superman,” star Gal Gadot told Yahoo Movies at the film’s Los Angeles press day (watch above). “I think it’s so important that girls and boys will have a strong female figure to look up to and be inspired by. And after 75 years, it’s about time that we finally get to tell her origin story.” (Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter and first appeared in 1941.)

“It’s the feminine icon that we never had before, that is symbolizing a great world message,” said Robin Wright, who plays the top Amazonian warrior, General Antiope. “I think it’s about love and justice and equality. And her fight is to bring about a future of the goodness of people.”

Chris Pine, who co-stars as spy Steve Trevor, is especially fond of the iconic character’s positive outlook on humanity. “It’s the values that she promotes, which is essentially hope, and she has hope for mankind,” he said. “Other superheroes fight evil, but she’s specifically about that we’re better than the worst parts of ourselves.”

Wonder Woman opens Friday. Watch Gadot and Pine talk about what they’d like to see appear in future Wonder Woman movies:

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