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Women in Comics: Character Spotlight: Wonder Woman

Character Spotlight: 7/16/12

A biweekly column by Talisha Harrison aka Tali Adina

Welcome to Talking Comics’ Character Spotlight! Every other week, I’ll be spotlighting a character from comics, cartoons, etc. However this week is special as it’s Women in Comics Week! So I’ll be spotlighting five of my favorite female characters each day this week. So today, the spotlight falls on:

Wonder Woman

Clay. Diana. Amazon. Member of the Justice League. Princess.

This superheroine has been around kicking butt for a long time-since 1941.  I was introduced to her by watching the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series and now I’m currently reading her new comic book series in the DC New 52. So far I’m enjoying the new 52 story of Wonder Woman.  I’ve never read any of the stories pre-relaunch, so I’m glad for the DC relaunch. If you’ve never read Wonder Woman there are a few things you should know about her:

She’s a warrior princess of the Amazons (based on the Amazons of Greek mythology) who live on the island of Themyscira.

  • Her real name is Diana
  • Her mother is Hippolyta who pre-DC relaunch formed her out of clay but now post DC relaunch Zeus is her father.

Her signature weapons:

  •  Lasso of Truth which forces those who are bound by it to tell the truth. It’s virtually    indestructible.
  •  A pair of indestructible bracelets which can deflect energy blasts and bullets.
  • A golden tiara which serves as a dagger and a throwing weapon returning to her like a boomerang.
  • And depending on which stories you read she also has an invisible airplane.

I recommend reading DC’s relaunch of Wonder Woman which is written by Brian Azzarello and illustrated by Cliff Chiang. You should also watch the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series. These two shows are excellent and you’ll definitely see Wonder Woman in action. The 2009 animated film in which Wonder Woman was voiced by Kerri Russell is also an excellent way to learn about Wonder Woman.

There was going to be a live-action TV show on NBC-starring AdriannePalicki-but it was canceled before the pilot even aired. In the past, there has been a push by a lot of fans for a Wonder Woman film but it was in development hell for a long time. Recently, there is some hope that a film will be made soon. As a result of The Avengers film being extremely successful, there has been a new push to create a Justice League film. Also it’s been reported that Michael Goldenberg (a co-writer on Green Lantern) is reportedly at at work scripting the Wonder Woman movie.

Hopefully there will be a live-action film that features her-whether solo or on a team-in the future. For now, there’s plenty of Wonder Woman out there for you learn about and enjoy the character! Check out this awesome Wonder Woman Theme Song Mix video by YouTube user TazDamianDevil!


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