Wonder Woman, the iconic DC Comics character, turns 75 on Oct. 21, and the United States is giving the Amazonian superhero an honorary ambassadorship “for the empowerment of women and girls,” Entertainment Weekly reported Thursday.
“The ceremony celebrating the character’s latest title will be attended by the U.N. secretary general Ban Ki-moon, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson, as well as a few ‘surprise guests,’ ” the magazine reported.
It’s unclear, however, whether either Lynda Carter, who portrayed the character in a 1970s TV series, or Gal Gadot, who portrays the character in a 2017 action flick, will be on hand for the celebration.
“Wonder Woman’s character is the most iconic and well known female comic book superhero in the world, known for her strength, fairness and compassion, and her commitment to justice, peace and equality,” a U.N. public-relations official told National Public Radio in a statement.
Winnie the Pooh and the cast of the Angry Birds smartphone game are other fictional characters who have previously been named as honorary U.N. ambassadors, NPR noted.