The Amazonian warrior princess has held her own as one of the longest comic book running series in a world that is dominated by Superman and Batman. Wielding her gauntlets and the golden Lasso of Truth, she has been fighting crime all over the globe. Here are 10 wonderful facts about the Wonder Woman which prove she is the hero we all need.
#1. Daughter of Zeus
The comic book tells her origin story as someone who was formed out of clay by her mother and brought to life by Greek gods signifying that she had no father. But this story was changed when her character was rebooted as part of DC’s New 52 launch. As per the new story, she is the daughter of Zeus- the king of gods.
#2. First Female Superhero
Wonder Woman was the first female superhero in mainstream media. She made her debut in 1942, just three years after Superman and two years after Batman’s successful debut.
#3. Created as a modern, liberated woman
The character of Wonder Woman was created as that of a modern and liberated woman who would carve her own space in a landscape full of male superheroes. She rivaled Superman in strength but had all the feminine characteristics such as fairness and love for peace.
#4. She is the princess of the Amazon
Wonder Woman comes from Paradise Island or Themyscira which is the home to Amazons. She is the daughter of the queen Hippolyta. Amazons are warrior women living free from men.
#5. Her bracelets keep her power in check
Wonder Woman is considered to be one of the strongest characters in the DC universe and it was believed that her silver bracelets were created from the remains of Zeus’s shield which added to her powers. But in the New 52, she removes her bracelets to fight a god and reveals that her bracelets actually protect her rivals from her intense powers.
#6. Her creator also invented the lie detector
William Moulton Marston, who is responsible for giving us the wonder Woman is also the inventor of Polygraph test. He says that the inspiration for a lie detector came from Wonder Woman’s Lasso of Truth.
#7. Justice League of America
Wonder Woman is the founding member of the Justice League of America (JLA). She made history at that time by being the only female superhero in the group.
#8. She has never worn a skirt
Looking at various images, it may appear that she is wearing a skirt but those are actually culottes, split pants that vary from thigh to knee length. But since they were flowy and loose, it would appear that she is wearing a skirt. Overtime, the garment length was shortened.
#9. She was a reformer of criminals
During their early days, Superman was hanging criminals over bridges and Batman had guns. But Wonder Woman’s creator felt that she should have things other superheroes don’t- a sterner moral fabric. He decided that Wonder Woman would not kill people but instead would reform them.
#10. Original Name
Initially, she was to make her debut as ‘Suprema- the Wonder Woman’ – the female equivalent of Superman. But her name got shortened before she made her comic book debut.