10 Wonder Woman Facts You Probably Didn't Know
With the Wonder Woman film just weeks away, fans from all over are preparing to see the hero’s first solo live-action film. With that in mind, here are 10 cool and interesting facts about Wonder Woman’s character and origins that any fan, new or old, will enjoy.
Originally created out of clay
Wonder Woman was raised on the island of Themyscira, a region cut off from the world and from men. The population was 100% female. This brings up the obvious question then of how did their population grow? Well, across the 75 years that wonder woman has been around, the question has been added to, taken away, and retconned.
Grant Morrison recently took a shot at the Wonder Woman mythos but all of that aside, Wonder Woman’s first origin story had her being made out of clay and brought to life.
That’s right…clay! As mythical as that origin was, the New 52 retconned that story (and as far as I could tell the movie will be following the new 52), making her instead a creation of Zeus and Hippolyta, her mother.
Lasso of Truth
Wonder Woman has a large arsenal of weapons at her disposal but none more iconic than her Lasso of Truth. However, this golden woven weapon is no accident.
William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman’s creator, was fixated with scientific processes that allowed a person to gauge whether a person was lying or not. He went on the create the first polygraph or “lie detector” so it makes sense that one of Wonder Woman’s first weapons would be one that bound people to tell the truth.
Speaking of binding, Marston also lived a very non-traditional lifestyle. He lived with two women and was romantically involved with both…in the 1950’s!
He had interesting ideas about submission and binding and those same ideas translated to Wonder Woman. Her early comics always involved her being bound and tied up by her enemies so much so that people began to object to the binding practice in her books.
Wonder Woman’s invisible jet may have been the cheesiest thing about the Amazonian princess but it was still cool. This plane has a long history with changes happening all the time. Originally, it was a plane Diana had built as a child but it was then retconned to be a sentient morphing disc that could take any shape.
Really, with Wonder Woman’s ability to fly, she has not need for a jet now but regardless, the new Rebirth comics have brought back the jet except this time, it belongs to Steve Trevor and is how he arrived on Themyscira in the first place.
Originally the secretary of the JL
Wonder Woman is a must have in the Justice League but originally, she served as the secretary for the Justice Society of America (The JL’s predecessor).
Yup…Wonder Woman was a secretary, not allowed to go fight Nazis with the rest of the JSA but remaining behind. It wasn’t until the late 40’s early 50’s where she was really allowed to be a more active member.
Wonder Woman TV show
In 1977, Lynda Carter would go down in history for starring in the Wonder Woman TV show. However, as popular and successful as she was in the role, the first person to play Wonder Woman was actually former tennis play Cathy Lee Crosby in 1974.
The 1977 Wonder TV Show
The Lynda Carter Wonder Woman TV Series was very successful with fans and ran for three seasons on TV before being canceled. Starring Miss World America ’72, the show continues to be loved by fans, even sporting an ongoing comic book series titled Wonder Woman ’77.