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Wonder Woman is Making a Hollywood Comeback: A Field Guide

Wonder Woman has been my idol since I was a little girl with frazzled self-confidence and hair. Wonder Woman is my spirit animal. I channel Wonder Woman in Southern California traffic, work, and when I’m standing in line at the DMV. I think she’s the strongest, coolest woman in comics, and I dare you to challenge me. Okay, no I don’t. Everyone has their DC favorites, and I can respect that. But hear me out! Wonder Woman is awesome.

If you haven’t heard, Gal Gadot was recently cast as Wonder Woman in a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. Although she’s also in the new Man of Steel/Batman vs. Superman movie, she also earned her very own Wonder Woman film.


This is a pretty big deal, because the whole idea of a Wonder Woman movie has garnered some pretty hateful opinions on the Internet. For example, this recently written article states that Hollywood would never give Wonder Woman her own movie because “no one sees action movies starring women”, “no respected writer/director wants anywhere near the project”, “Wonder Woman’s powers are stupid” and “Angelina Jolie is too old to play her.” The article might as well have added “men are superior to women”, “women can’t be popular superheroes” and “unless a super hot, recognizable celebrity is starring, the film will be worthless.” Cool.

So, beside misogynists and general skeptics, I think a lot of us are excited for Wonder Woman. Although the film is scheduled to open in May of 2016, here are some basics that everyone should know about Princess Diana (AKA Wonder Woman) and Gal Gadot:

Who is Wonder Woman?

Wonder Woman is an Amazonian warrior princess and was known as Princess Diana of Themyscira. She’s also known as Diana Prince.

According to different comic book versions, Woman Woman was formed from clay by the Queen of the Amazons and was gifted with Greek and Roman mythological attributes. She was “beautiful as Aphrodite, as wise as Athena, as swift as Hermes, and as strong as Hercules” (Wonder Woman volume #1).

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Who created Princess Diana?

In 1940, American psychologist and writer William Moulton Marston came up with the idea after his experience with his invention of the polygraph. After testing both men and women, he came to the conclusion that women were generally more honest and reliable than men. Thus, he decided that if a woman were to be a superhero, she would be strong and powerful, yet loving and nurturing as well.

Wonder Woman was also a response to violence and hypermasculinity, which were byproducts of WWII at the time. Love, Marston figured, would be the best solution to end the ongoing war. He created a woman who would combat her enemies using her power of love and compassion. She would never actually kill them.

What does Wonder Woman stand for?

If you’re thinking, “Great, another nurturing fictional female figure our society needs” and I’m going to argue, “YES! Why not?” Society pegs women as being soft or rough. Usually, it’s one or the other. We either have The Nice Girl, or The Bitch. Think Sherlock’s Irene Adler, all depictions of Catwoman, Game of Throne’s Cersei,  Pam from True Blood, the list goes on. Rarely do we have a female protagonist that encompasses fierce strength as well as compassion. When creating his Wonder Woman, Marston (who received a lot of encouragement and inspiration from his wife, Elizabeth) stated, “Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.” Marston’s goal with Wonder Woman was to highlight women’s strong qualities that do indeed include maternal caring and love. But these qualities shouldn’t be viewed as weaknesses. Wonder Woman’s strength is equal to Superman’s; she can and will kick your ass if necessary.

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Depending on the era (her character has gone through some changes throughout the years), Wonder Woman possesses a variety of different superpowers and skills. A lot of us think she just whips her handy lasso around and whizzes about town in her invisible jet, but there’s actually a lot more to her than that.

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  • Karen Valenzuela

    Thank you for this article. Because Wonder Woman IS the best. And I’m tired of reading misogynistic articles from people who consider themselves well-informed in the DC-verse that bash on Wonder Woman, her comeback, and Gal Gadot.

    It was truly great to read an article about her that’s not only appropriately STOKED about her comeback, but also proves you care about Wonder Woman/have great respect for her.

    I’m onboard with Wonder Woman as the best of both worlds: the strong, smart, independent woman who is also capable of great love. The fact that so many think it has to be one way or the other only furthers patriarchal ideas that have permeated our society forever–and continue to do so even in 2014.

    You’re the awesomest and, in my opinion, you deserve a Wonder Woman high five.

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      Thanks, Karen!! :)

  • Miriam Morales

    stoked for this!! Finally after rumor after rumor heard at comic con each year, it finally is true and I think the actress is a good fit and hopefully it becomes sucessful. :)

  • Courtney Zjaba

    Good article except when you mentioned Catwoman, she is definitely not a nice girl but shes not a bitch either. Shes a strong sassy woman who is in love with Batman and almost always has a smart comeback. Shes also clever and cunning with a bit of an attitude like a cat. None of that makes her a bitch.

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      No, no you’re right. I use the term “bitch” loosely here, and very generalized. What I did mean is that these women aren’t exactly outwardly “sweet.”

  • Sara Bormett

    Wonder Woman is nice, but Hawgirl is my favorite.

  • Sara Bormett

    Not that this girl wouldn’t play the perfect Wonder Woman, but Wonder Woman has a slightly muscular face with defined features and this actress has a very soft and feminine face. The way she looks in reality probably doesn’t matter thought, because if she did get the part makeup people would probably make her look the part.

  • Sean Hern

    I was excited for the reboot show that was supposed to air a couple years back but didn’t, happy a film is in the works.

    You realize that the dorkly article you linked to was blatantly sarcastic… right?

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