Between the ’80s setting, Kristen Wiig’s casting as the villain Cheetah and Chris Pine’s mysterious return as Steve Trevor, the Wonder Woman sequel is quickly taking shape. Repeatedly referred to as Wonder Woman ’84 by director Patty Jenkins on Twitter, fans and journalists alike have followed the film’s progress in and around the Washington D.C. area, where it has been filming. As for franchise star Gal Gadot, the actress used the opportunity (and her Warner Bros.-funded costume) to surprise the young patients at the Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia over the weekend.
According to BuzzFeed, social media posts by patients’ parents, staff members and doctors at Inova documented the occasion. Kelly Swink Sahady wrote on Facebook, “You Guys!!!!! When Wonder Woman (the REAL Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot), comes to visit, you take as many pictures as you can!”
Meanwhile, Dr. Lucas Collazo, a specialist in congenital heart disease, thanked Gadot with a Twitter post and an image of her posing with several doctors and staff members. “Thank you @GalGadot for visiting us @InovaHealth Children’s Hospital,” he wrote. “You are a true Wonder Woman. The kids loved it…and so did the staff.”
Jamie Gentille did the same on Instagram. “Some days are just WONDERFUL!!! So grateful for the stunningly gorgeous and kind Gal Gadot for bringing her superpowers to the kids at work!!!” she exclaimed.
Gadot is by no means the first actor turned costumed superhero to use their status (and costume) to please kids at children’s hospitals. Following a friendly Super Bowl bet in 2015, Marvel stalwarts Chris Evans and Chris Pratt made good on their public promise to visit several lucky patients and their families and caregivers while in costume.