Diana of Themyscira/Diana Prince (Wonder Woman)

wonderwomanfilmToday we’re coming back to casualgamer‘s request, speaking about the last one of the characters revealed with Injustice: Gods Among Us first trailer: Wonder Woman. She surely was one of the most notorious characters from DC tv shows thanks to Lynda Carter‘s portayal from the 1970s series, but nowadays she’s going through a period of bad luck, with some projects announced and never started, and the discharged Wonder Woman pilot starring Adrianne Palicki. Before Lynda Carter, the character was portrayed by Cathy Lee Crosby in a television movie, but instead of the well-known amazon princess, she appeared to be some blonde spy with a lot of gadgets and superhuman agility. In the comics, she’s one of DC most iconic characters, and one of the most important in the continuity. Let’s see together.

Being one of the major characters in DC universe, Diana has also been one of the most retconned and rebooted characters. In her first appearance, she was an Amazon, a member of a women’s tribe located on Paradise Island, in the middle of an unspecified ocean. Daughter of Queen Hyppolite, she left her home when Steve Trevor, an America pilot, crashed on the island; Diana won in a competition the mission of taking him back to the world of men, and received by her mother a special dress and some magical weapons to bring peace and justice during World War II. While fighting evil, she hid among normal humans as the nurse Diana Prince. Her origins have been changed many times, and the (so far) final version changed something from the original. Paradise Island’s name was changed into Themyscira, a sacred land created by the Greek goddesses as a home for their latest creations, the Amazons. Amazons were a race of immortal women, whose body was inhabited by the souls of women killed by men. Their queen, Hyppolite, was the reincarnation of the first woman ever killed by a man; only a soul was left behind in the first generation of Amazons, and that soul was wonderwomancomics1Diana, the unborn daughter of Hyppolite’s precedent incarnation. After more than a thousand years of waiting, six Greek goddesses told Hyppolite to shape the figure of a baby from the clay. Everyone of them proceeded to bring the baby to life and to grant a gift for her: Athena, the goddess of war and of wisdom, granted her a wise mind and a courageous heart; Demeter, goddess of Earth and of harvest, gave her an incredible strength; Artemis, goddess of the Moon and of hunt, gave her a hunter’s heart and made her a friend for every animal; Hestia, goddess of every house and of the fireplace, blessed her with fire; Aphrodite, goddess of love, gave her beauty and love for every creatures; last came Hermes, the only male god allowed on the island: the messenger god gave the baby an amazing speed and the power of flight. The immortals then gave life to the clay baby, and Themyscira finally had the princess it deserved. Diana was raised as a warrior among a moltitude of sisters and mothers, and stood out in every discipline and field ever taught in Themyscira. Finally, the time arrived in which Hyppolite decided the island had to send an ambassador to Man’s World, a generic term for every place other than Themyscira; for that honor, a tournament was announced, but Diana was forbidden to participate. The princess disobeyed her mother and, under disguise, she entered the competition, vanquishing every challenger and earning her place in the outside world. In front of her daughter’s resolve, Hippolyte surrendered to her will, and allowed her to go. Diana was given the Lasso of Truth, a powerful weapon forged by the smith god Hephaestus and blessed with the Fires of Hestia: unbreakable and indestructible, the Lasso had the power of making anyone touching it telling and understanding the truth. Along with the Lasso, Diana had with her also the Bracelets of Submission, indestructible steel cuffs worn by every Amazon as a remind of the time during which they were slave to Herakles: in Diana’s hands, the bracelets became a formidable defense weapon.

Thanks to the Sandals of Hermes, Diana reached Man’s World in no time. In Boston, she met a Harvard professor, Julia Kapatelis, who, after the death of her husband David, lived alone with her daughter Vanessa. Julia, thanks to her knowledge of wonderwomancomics2languages, was able to understand Themyscirian, similar to a combination of Ancient Greek and modern Turkish, and befriended Diana, seeing her so lost and out of place in a world she didn’t know. Julia took Diana with her, and the girl learnt English in a few months. She also befriended Vanessa, who at the beginning was a little bit jealous of this new girl who won her mother’s love. It was during her time spent in Boston that she met her first enemy: Decay, one of the god of war Ares‘ minions. During a battle with Decay, she was seen for the first time as a superheroine by humans, and was given the name Wonder Woman by a journalist. Following Decay’s confession after their battle, Diana reached and defeated Deimos, god of destruction, and Phobos, god of fear, the sons of Ares, who were plotting to destroy the man’s world following their father’s orders. They were defeated, but at a cost, and Diana was forced to come back to Themyscira for healing. After been cured by the god of sea Poseidon himself, Diana immediately came back to Boston, and became famous as a powerful and rightfull heroine. She met many heroes from Earth, including the Justice League of America, which she would have become an important member of. She also met Earth’s more powerful protector, Superman, and she desperately fell in love with him, being him the only man completely just and pure she ever met. Diana decided that her mission was not just to be an ambassador on Earth, but a guiding light who could bring in Man’s World the peace and justice that ruled over Themyscira. She decided to be a superheroine, and started fighting evil in every form she saw it.

Diana of Themyscira, or Wonder Woman, is one of the most powerful heroes on Earth. She possesses the strength, speed, agility and stamina of a goddess, and has access to many mystical weapons, her personal favorite being the Lasso of Truth, the Sword of Haphaestus, which can cut through anything ever built or created splitting its very atoms, and her Boomerang Tiara, a razor-sharp throwing weapon. Diana has a strong sense of justice, a loving heart that feels pity for every creature and the necessary wisdom to use well her powers; anyway, she also has a warrior’s heart, and doesn’t avoid using violence when the situation requires it.

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  1. […] Al and Dr. Midnite, trained him to control his raising powers, and Steve Trevor (the husband of Wonder Woman) taught him to pilot planes, just like his father did. Eventually, Al left the basketball team and […]

  2. […] portrayed by Frank Gorshin, and he was a robotic engineer who built deadly toys to defeat the Amazon. In Superboy, he was renamed Nick Knack and portrayed by Gilbert Goddfried, while in Lois & […]

  3. […] this proved to be a trap set for him by Batman, who had teamed up with Batgirl and even Wonder Woman for the occasion…but Copperhead managed to escape once again, despite the three heroes […]

  4. […] the forces of Atlantis, led by Emperor Aquaman, and the Amazons from New Themyscira, led by Wonder Woman, entered a massive war against each other for world’s domination, destroying Europe in the […]

  5. […] metahuman on the planet, using dormant agents known as O.M.A.C.s. Lord was ultimately stopped by Wonder Woman, who killed him in cold blood, but Brother Eye, who was developing some sort of self-conscience, […]

  6. […] using Green Lantern‘s Power Ring replica, and capturing a giant cicada with a replica of Wonder Woman‘s Lasso of Truth; the creatures were meant to serve to Ivo as the main ingredients for his […]

  7. […] grudges and incomprehensions, thus rekindling an old friendship. When Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman decided to come back to active service and to reform the Justice League of America, Hal Jordan, […]

  8. […] this time by evil genius T. O. Morrow. To save her, Atom went on sub-atomic level along with Wonder Woman, Flash and Supergirl, and battled Morrow until she released Jean. During the fight, The Atom […]

  9. […] and on Earth he managed to subdue many heroes, vanquishing with no effort even the powerful Wonder Woman. He was imprisoned once again when Aethyr, the physical embodiment of the Phantom Zone, was […]

  10. […] control and started battling their own teammates, but eventually the common effort of Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman and the others defeated the monster, who escaped from Earth (after absorbing much of the […]

  11. […] a machine that allowed her to transfer her mind into other people’s body. Fate wanted that Wonder Woman, badly wounded in a battle, fell into a coma shortly after the machine’s invention, and Zuel […]

  12. […] fought the goddess, but was forced to leave Alaska as a result. During his wandering, he met Diana of Themyscira, who was being chased by Triton, the sea god son of Poseidon; Arthur defended Diana from Triton, […]

  13. […] forgot to mention another character who has a recurring cameo in Injustice: Gods Among Us. When Wonder Woman enters a fight, a shining figure gives her her trademark Lasso of Truth, and that figure is Queen […]

  14. […] new Ace chose a replacement for him, finding the first Jack of Spades. After a brief fight with Wonder Woman and the later team’s dismantlement, this particular Jack went missing, and never appeared […]

  15. […] Steel, to kill Winston Churchill and Theodore Roosevelt, but the plan was thwarted by Wonder Woman and the other members of the All-Star Squadron. When the war was over and Hitler died, Blitzkrieg […]

  16. […] frienship came in handy when Antithesis managed to brainwash The Flash, Aquaman, Batman and Wonder Woman, making them his slaves: to stop their mentors, Kid Flash, Aqualad and Robin, this time together […]

  17. […] Pine. In the film, Trevor will be an officer during World War I, and he’ll accompany Wonder Woman in her (still unknown) mission. The character is an essential part of the Amazon‘s […]

  18. […] robbery in Powers City Bank, Chronos managed to escape from the combined forces of Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and Batman, using at best his sense of timing and his tech. From a petty criminal, Chronos had […]

  19. […] crooks. Guardian made a name for himself as a hero, and even met the Justice Society of America (Wonder Woman, Wildcat, Green Lantern, The Flash and The Atom) and joined them when World War II started, as […]

  20. […] v Superman: Dawn of Justice, another brief cameo leading to a wider DC Extended Universe. When Wonder Woman explores Lex Luthor‘s data on metahumans, she stumbles upon some security video […]

  21. […] action debut: she’ll be Queen Hippolyta‘s sister, and another mother figure for young Diana in her formation. Not much else is known about her, apart from the fact that she’ll be a […]

  22. […] on the far left of the pic: Menalippe, portrayed by Lisa Loven Kongsli. Menalippe will be part of Diana‘s family as well, and possibly a second sister to Queen Hippolyta. We know that she’ll […]

  23. […] in the world, especially in a world already protected by god-like beings like Superman and Wonder Woman. Eventually, following these reflections, Batgirl decided to “retire”, leaving the […]

  24. […] will most likely be the movie’s comic relief, as the quick exchange of lines between her and Princess Diana hints: she’s Etta Candy, portrayed by Lucy Davis, the overweight secretary of Steve […]

  25. […] Woman there was also another character, very briefly seen as she seems to be tending to Diana‘s wounds: that’s Epione, who’ll be portrayed by Eleanor Matsuura. We […]

  26. […] in the upcoming movie, but she doesn’t live long nevertheless, just enough to steal from Diana her superhero name… Let’s see […]

  27. […] to follow her own agenda (to rewind time, nothing less): ironically, it was the intervention of Wonder Woman, who defeated Villany, Inc. and prevented the downfall of Skartaris, that also saved Cyborgirl, […]

  28. […] only one (unfaithful) live action adaption despite her popularity: Wonder Girl, the sidekick of Wonder Woman (and later heroine on her own). Debra Winger portrayed the character in the Wonder Woman tv […]

  29. […] Colonel Conquest hid a bomb somewhere in Greece blackmailing the entire country, Olympian helped Wonder Woman finding and disabling it, and when Echidne and other mystic-empowered villains tried to revive the […]

  30. […] amazing fighter who was a counterpart to Batman, the Wonder Woman (Diana Trevor, equivalent to Diana Prince) and the Shrinking Man, a genius scientist who could change his size (counterpart to The Atom). […]

  31. […] No big surprise here, she’s the Golden Age villain Doctor Poison, the spy who battled Wonder Woman during World War II (in the movie, this has been changed to World War I). We don’t know […]

  32. […] women didn’t change from a reality to the other, and almost inevitably he started to target Wonder Woman, the heroine who incarnated everything he despised. In an attempt to destroy Wonder Woman, he even […]

  33. […] Lantern waiting for him, and he was defeated once again. After other minor battles with Atom and Wonder Woman, Woodrue finally realised that he couldn’t possibly obtain anything if working alone, and he […]

  34. […] even resisting a direct blow to the kidneys without flinching). She’s also the last warrior Diana has to defeat before facing her aunt Antiope, and she’s obviously recognised as the […]

  35. […] never met another man. Her only known contact with the world outside of Themyscira was when Princess Diana came back home the first time, bringing along two friends, Julia and Vanessa Kapatelis, who […]

  36. […] he also killed all the other Olympians in a fearsome battle immediately after. In modern times, Diana looks for him on World War I‘s battlefield, but is unable to recognize him behind the […]

  37. […] became her sister’s general, leading the army as Hippolyta led the country. She also acted as Princess Diana‘s mentor and trainer, teaching her everything she knew about fighting. When Diana was little […]

  38. […] In the movie, Mnemosyne is the unlucky woman with the unrewarding task of taking care of little Diana, constantly losing her around Themyscira as the undisciplined child evades her surveilance. In the […]

  39. […] than a cameo in Wonder Woman. In the film, we can clearly see her in two moments: first, during Diana‘s final training, when she first taps into her godly powers, then during the battle […]

  40. […] and even obtaining the title of Senator. For centuries, nothing changed on Themyscira, then Diana was […]

  41. […] shore between the Amazons and the German Army, but she can be spotted also during Diana‘s final training and during Steve Trevor‘s trial. In the film she doesn’t […]

  42. […] that reminded her of the violence and the humiliation she had suffered. When, centuries later, Princess Diana abandoned Themyscira to travel in Men’s World, Aella was among the strongest opponents of […]

  43. […] position, and she served in several temples. She didn’t have any particular role in raising Diana, Hippolyta’s daughter, but she worked with the oracles to look into her future and to advise […]

  44. […] trial, and in the sequence immediately after, as Queen Hippolyta is arguing with her daughter Diana about the outcome of said trial. In the comics she’s quite a secondary character as well, […]

  45. […] someone makes me notice another one I missed), this time a regular human being. When Diana tries to infiltrate Erich Ludendorff‘s party, she steals the dress of a German woman who […]


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