LAKELAND — Friday marks the opening of the new Warner Bros. movie “Wonder Woman,” starring Gal Gadot as Diana, princess of the Amazons, who is trained to be a warrior that can’t be conquered. Her life is dramatically altered when she meets an American pilot who tells her about the terrible war going on in the outside world.
The movie, based on the DC comic book created by William Moulton Marston, has inspired more than 50 women in Polk County to gather on Saturday for a special event marking the film’s opening.
It’s all a celebration of the talent in Polk County’s world of successful business women.
The plan is to watch the movie at the Lakeside Village open air shopping mall. The women plan to gather at the mall around 1 p.m. for a celebration lunch at Grillsmith’s on Saturday, then catching a 3:45 p.m. IMAX 3D showing of the film at the Cobb Theater.
Local Wonder Women
The event was organized by Merissa Green, a former news reporter at The Lakeland Ledger. Green said during the lunch, the women plan to talk about their own unique Wonder Woman experiences, as well as doing some networking.
At least one of them will win a Funko Pop Wonder Woman in an invisible jet, courtesy of the Arcade 80s, a video game store in Winter Haven.
“During my 17-year career in Polk, I’ve had the wonderful opportunity to meet some phenomenal women,” said Green, whose alter ego on social media is #violetfierce.
“I wanted to create an experience that would celebrate who they are and make seeing DC Comics’ first female superhero on the silver screen an adventure,” she added. “It will truly be an empowering day.”
Green said the luncheon is expected to include women from all over Polk County, wearing red or even some Wonder Woman gear. They’ll be available to pose for photos as well.
DC Comics Join in
She added that the women’s greatest superpower is how they give of their time and talent to the Polk community.
DC Entertainment heard about this event and reached out to Green, and offered to provide some Amazonian goodies for the event, as well as comic books that will be given away at the gathering.
Green said she would donate some of the comics to Girls’ Inc. of Lakeland and Winter Haven.
To learn more, email Green at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michael Freeman is an Orlando journalist, playwright and author of the book “Koby’s New Home”. Contact him at Freelineorlando@gmail.com.