Superhero Spotlight: Wonder Woman

Who Is Wonder Woman?

One of the most famous female superheroes in the world is Wonder Woman. She is the DC Comic universe’s most fierce warrior. Her first appearance was at the beginning of World War II and was part of the DC fictional comic book universe that helped the U.S. and U.K. fight against the Nazis.

Based loosely on Greek mythological characters, she is part of an immortal Amazon tribe, living on an island without men. There, she helps run the society of women with her mother the Queen. However, once Steve Trevor, a United States WWII pilot, crashes onto her island, Wonder Woman learns about the world of mortals and decides to help America fight the Axis menace.

Using her bulletproof bracelets, Golden Lasso of Truth, an invisible jet, and superhuman abilities, Wonder Woman fights for peace, justice, and freedom throughout the universe.

History of Her Creation

Dr. William Moulton Marston created wonder Woman. He was a graduate of Harvard University and had a Ph.D. in psychology. He is best known as the creator of the lie detector test. While working with lie detectors, he came to believe that women were more honest than men.

Combining this belief with his love of justice and truth, he decided to create the comic book character Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman quickly became a hit and has remained one of the most popular characters in the DC universe.

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Comic Book History

The iconic Amazon first graced the covers of comic books in 1941, appearing in All Star Comics #8, right at the beginning of what we now call the Golden Age of Comics. She initially helped Batman and Superman fight against evil doers but quickly was given her own comic book. She fought against her own cadre of villains, such as Cheetah, but also appeared in story lines that included supervillains that other comic book heroes of the day fought against.

Cartoons

Wonder Woman has appeared in many different media. In the early 1970s, she started appearing in cartoons. She has been a part of the wildly popular Justice League cartoon series in the 1990s and early 2000s, and she is still appearing in new versions of the cartoon Justice League series today.

Wonder Woman action shot

Television Series

The Wonder Woman TV series ran from 1974-1979. Due to the popularity of the Batman TV series in the mid-1960s, a TV pilot was made based on Wonder Woman in 1967. The pilot was never shown on TV. However, in 1974, ABC made a new pilot and aired it in March of that year. The ratings were described as “decent,” and ABC released the series into syndication later that same year.

Lynda Carter played the female heroine in the TV series. Like Adam West (TV’s Batman) and William Shatner (Star Trek), Lynda Carter will forever be remembered by fans as the original Wonder Woman.

Movies

Despite her appearance in comic books and cartoons, she never appeared in her own movie. She made her first onscreen appearance in the Batman versus Superman: Dawn of Justice movie. Soon, she will appear in her own movie. In 2017, the Wonder Woman movie is set for release.

Wonder Woman will also play a key role in DC’s upcoming Justice League movie, also due for release in 2017. The Israeli actress Gal Gadot, former Miss Israel and best known for her appearances in the Fast and Furious movie franchise, will play the iconic female superhero.

Justice League

Wonder Woman was a founding member of the Justice League, appearing in The Brave and the Bold #28, in 1960, and later that year starring in Justice League #1.

Along with Wonder Woman, the other original members of the Justice League include:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Batman
  • Superman
  • Green Lantern
  • Flash
  • Aquaman
  • Martian Manhunter

Over the 50+ years that Justice League comic books have been produced, the membership has changed. However, most of the original members, including Wonder Woman, still appear to this day, even in the recent DC 52 reboot of Justice League and the other DC comic book series.

Model of Wonder Woman

Societal Impact

Since her creation in 1941, Wonder Woman has become a symbol for the feminist movement. She was a strong and fierce woman who acted as a leader for anyone she met. As a fierce warrior, she was still kind and compassionate, caring for everyone around her. She is a shining example of womanhood.

The Future of Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman shows no signs of slowing down or quitting. She is strong and independent. Her continued growth into pop culture will allow her to continue to serve as a role model for new generations of superhero lovers.