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A lot of people jumping on board the superhero movie franchises may not be 100% familiar with the background story of some of the characters. I was one who didn't read a single Wonder Woman comic, so I decided to do a little research before going to see the movie. I knew that somewhere in her history there's something to do with Amazons and Greek Gods.
SPOILER ALERT: Some themes from the 2017 Movie are revealed below
Since comics are notorious for changing a character's origin story, I came across two storylines for Diana's history. Diana Prince, aka Princess Diana of Themyscira, was created in 1941 by psychologist William Moulton Marston and artist Harry G. Peter. According to wikipedia he was inspired by early feminists and his research assistant Olive Byrne, who just happened to be the daughter of Ethyl Byrne. Ethyl Byrne and her sister Margaret Sanger are credited with opening the first birth control clinic that later came to be known as Planned Parenthood. Olive Byrne was William's mistress and lived with him and his wife...Go figure!?! I would NOT have been ok with this relationship or cohabitation, but apparently Elizabeth Marston was ok with it...ugh!
The original origin story of Diana has her sculpted from clay by the Queen of the Amazons, Hippolyta, and life was given to her by the Greek Gods. I love the legends of the Amazons according to Greek Mythology. To me, Amazons were the original feminists. Fierce warriors who were hard to defeat in battle and didn't need men to survive. I don't agree with using men as tools just to procreate, but that was the Amazon way. Men were a threat, and the sisterhood of the Amazons was an ironclad bond. I also like Amazons because Xena, Warrior Princess was my favorite show growing up and they featured a lot of Amazons on the show. Gabrielle ended up being Queen of the Amazons in later seasons! I loved the way the writers of Xena portrayed he Amazons. And again, Xena was another favorite show of mine because it was another female kicking butt! #TeamGirlPower!
The recent origin of Diana Prince has her being the daughter of Zeus, that was raised by the Amazons. I just finished watching the 2017 film tonight and they have her origin as being the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus officially making her a demigod and half-brother to Ares, God of War, who is the antagonist of the film. Being a half-god and receiving intense training from the Amazons, Diana is a force to be reckoned with. She also wields a lasso of truth and what appears to be indestructible bracelets. Wonder Woman's first standalone cover debuted in January 1942 under Sensation Comics.
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