Tuesday, June 3, 2014

20 Things You Didn't Know About Wonder Woman

  1. The man who created Wonder Woman, William Moulton Marston, also created the systolic blood pressure test, the precursor to the modern polygraph. However, it was his wife, Elizabeth, who suggested that the hero, who would triumph not with fist or firepower but love, should be a woman.
  2. Elizabeth served as the inspiration for the character alongside Olive Byrne, who lived with the couple in a polygamous relationship.
  3. Early drafts of Wonder Woman's debut in All Star Comics in 1941 used the name Suprema for the character. Thankfully, it was dropped before going to print.
  4. Initially, the character is an Amazon champion who wins the privilege of leaving Paradise Island and escorting WWII Captain Steve Trevor, whose plane crashed on the island, back to the United States. Later incarnations have Wonder Woman as a clay sculpture brought to life by the Greek God. Both of these origin stories are still used commonly, although the 2011 revamp makes the character a demigoddess and natural-born daughter of Zeus. #SupHercules
  5. Her alter ego is Diana Prince. In the comics, she pays to send a nurse to South American in return for her identity. That's some sketchy shit, WW.
  6. In the 1940s, Wonder Woman briefly fought along side the Justice League Society of America. So impressed with her skills, the JSA offered her to hop aboard full time... As their secretary.
  7. Because of her origin story, Wonder Woman is often pitted against Nazis, but her archenemy is Cheetah.
  8. From the late 60s to early 70s, Wonder Woman gave up her powers in the comics so she could remain in "Man's World" while the other Amazonian women traveled to a different dimension. During this time, she ran a mod boutique.
  9. Wonder Woman's defining characteristic is her non-discriminatory love. Much like Superman, she kills only when left with no other alternative.
  10. Originally, the character's back was fully exposed. However, in response to criticism regarding the amount of violence and nudity in comics, the Comics Code Authority was established in 1954, and Wonder Woman's back was covered up.
  11. Wonder Woman's first appearance on television was on a 1972 episode of the animated series The Brady Kids.
  12. After the success of Batman, there were several failed attempts throughout the 1960s and 70s to create a live-action TV series focusing on the character. Finally, a one-hour special starring Lynda Carter as the superheroine aired on ABC in 1975. A ratings success, two more specials aired the following year, which led to a full pick-up.
  13. Lynda Carter was the one that suggested Diana Prince spin to transform herself into Wonder Woman's costume. 
  14. After one season on ABC, the show moved to CBS, and its 1940s setting was changed to the 1970s. Lyle Waggoner, who played Steve Trevor in the first season, played the character's son in the following seasons. Don't worry, he's the love interest both times...
  15. This Wonder Woman show was never truly canceled. CBS let their option expire without making any decision.
  16. In 2011, NBC attempted to make another live-action series based on the character. A pilot was filmed but the network ultimately opted not to pick it up. Shortly after, a "Wonder Woman origins story" series stalled at the CW.
  17. The French organization AIDES used the character in an awareness campaign for AIDS. The ad shows a disease-stricken Wonder Woman dying in a hospital bed. Concerned the campaign would affect sales, DC Comics ordered AIDES to withdraw it.
  18. A Wonder Woman film has been in development for over 20 years. The character will make her live-action theatrical debut in 2015's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, portrayed by Gal Gadot, who is also signed to play the character in a solo film and a Justice League film.
  19. The character made her big screen debut in 2014 in The Lego Movie...
  20. Like all great superheroes, there's a Wonder family, including Wonder Girl, Wonder Boy, and Wonder Man.