Girl power is real and thanks to Warner Bros. and DC Comics, we have a bad a– superhero named Diana to prove it. On June 2, 2017, "Wonder Woman" arrives in theaters to slay evil doers and save the world, giving girls everywhere the inspiration to be bold. To celebrate, Wonderwall.com has the scoop on everything you need to know about this fierce Amazonian warrior.
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In 1975, Lynda Carter starred as Diana Prince, aka Wonder Woman, on "Wonder Woman," the network television series based on the DC Comics adventures of an Amazonian warrior princess who defends our world from evil. The show ran for three seasons and ended in 1979, leaving fans hungry for a revival ever since.
After waiting nearly 40 years for the return of our favorite female superhero, Warner Bros. (finally) decided to bring "Wonder Woman" back to life — on the silver screen. They cast 32-year-old Israeli actress and model Gal Gadot to star as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman — which is fitting since in real life, she was once a kick-a– Israeli Army combat trainer. Fans might remember Gal from the "Fast & Furious" franchise, among other films.
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"Wonder Woman" had a short-lived, real-life political role that was celebrated by both Gal Gadot and Lynda Carter. In 2016 — the year the character turned 75 — the United Nations named Wonder Woman "Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls." Sadly, a few months later, that appointment was revoked after UN members petitioned against a fictional, scantily clad character representing the UN on issues of gender equality and empowerment.
Our first introduction to the new Wonder Woman came in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which starred Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill. In the film, Diana manages to outsmart Bruce Wayne (Batman) and later becomes a founding member of the infamous Justice League (that movie is coming in November 2017!). We love that Wonder Woman wasn't objectified or reduced down to a love interest for the male superheroes. She's a warrior in her own right!
Like every great superhero, Wonder Woman has an origin story. Before she began saving the world, she was simply Princess Diana of Themyscira, daughter of Queen Hippolyta, ruler of the Amazonian women. In the original DC Comics version of "Wonder Woman," Themyscira is an island paradise free of war, hatred and, perhaps most importantly, men.
In 2017's "Wonder Woman," Diana Prince's closest confidante isn't a fellow Amazonian sister, but rather an American pilot named Steve Trevor (played by Chris Pine) whose plane crashes in the waters near Themyscira during the time period of World War I. It is through him that Diana learns about the terrors of the war and the destruction mankind is waging across the world.
Armed with a lasso of truth, a powerful sword, an indestructible shield and her bullet-proof bracelets (worn not only for protection, but to remember a time when the Amazons were oppressed), Wonder Woman travels outside the safety of her kingdom to become the superhero we all know and love. It doesn't hurt that she's also got god-like strength and serious smarts.
Not surprisingly, Wonder Woman has deep mythological roots. One origin story holds that Diana is the daughter of Zeus, the supreme god of Mount Olympus, and the father of other demigods, like Hercules. Another creation story explains that Wonder Woman was shaped out of clay and brought to life by the gods themselves.
One of Wonder Woman's lesser-known powers is her ability to leap through the air to great heights, practically flying when necessary. While her jumps are awe-inspiring, it's her unsurpassed bravery and courage that defines her as a true superhero. Even as a child, Diana dreamed of saving the world. She's proof that boys aren't the only ones who can protect the planet.
In 2017's "Wonder Woman," Diana comes up against one of her greatest adversaries — Dr. Poison, played by Elena Anaya. Just as Wonder Woman represents true goodness and bravery, Dr. Poison is pure evil and will stop at nothing to destroy mankind. We'll have to wait until June 2 to find out if Diana is able to defeat her foe, or if the bad doctor lives to destroy another day.