While early reactions to Wonder Woman have praised Gal Gadot’s acting, she’s also got a fan and friend in original Wonder Woman Lynda Carter. At the highly anticipated film’s premiere in Los Angeles, Carter and Gadot offered high praise for each other to Entertainment Tonight.
“Yes, I am the bearer of the torch, and now I’m passing it forward,” Carter said. “I couldn’t wait to meet Gal, and you know this is — Wonder Woman belongs to you. She’s there. She’s here, and I understand that. We have become friends, and I am just thrilled to be here.”
“I just love her very much, and I think that she’s such a special woman,” Gadot said of her predecessor. “It’s always great to see her, especially tonight where she’s going to see the movie for the first time and my heart goes like [taps chest].”
Responding to a question about whether or not she was nervous to see the film, Carter replied, “I can’t breathe [laughs]. I’m so excited, and I really want you all to embrace this. This is just another way to look at Wonder Woman, so here we go.”
It seems like Carter enjoyed the movie as, after the premiere, she tweeted out a picture of herself with Gadot and director Patty Jenkins that she captioned, “Bravo Bravo to the cast and especially @PattyJenks @GalGadot Go see @WonderWomanFilm.”
— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) May 26, 2017
Carter played Wonder Woman on TV for three seasons between 1975 and 1979. The role remains one of the most iconic live-action iterations of the character and of a comic book superhero in general. Currently, Carter plays U.S. President Olivia Marsden on CW’s Supergirl. While there were persistent rumors that she would have a cameo in Wonder Woman, her publicist has maintained that she won’t appear in the film.
Gadot first appeared as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Her first solo film as the character tells the story of the Amazonian princess who, after discovering the body of American fighter pilot Steve Trevor washed ashore on Themyscira, sets out to bring an early end to World War I.
Directed by Patty Jenkins, Wonder Woman stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Lucy Davis, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Lisa Loven Kongsli and David Thewlis. The film arrives in theaters June 2.