Art by Adam Hughes. The "Diana Prince" identity has been part of Wonder Woman's history since her comics debut in Her tremendously long life-span, accumulation of immense amount of knowledge, and exceptional perceptiveness, makes Diana Prince the wisest and most emotionally intelligent member of the Justice League. To support herself, she ran a mod clothing boutique.
Wonder Woman was broadcast worldwide killing a villain named Maxwell Lord , as he was mind controlling Superman into killing Batman. When Wonder Woman caught him in her lasso, demanding to know how to stop Superman, Maxwell revealed that the only way to stop him was to kill Lord, so as a last resort Diana snapped his neck.
Because of this she assumed the persona of Diana Prince and became an agent at the Department of Metahuman Affairs. During a later battle with the witch Circe , a spell was placed on Diana leaving her powerless when not in the guise of Wonder Woman.
Personality[ edit ] Princess Diana commands respect both as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince; her epithetical title — The Amazon Princess — illustrates the dichotomy of her character. She is a powerful, strong-willed character who does not back down from a fight or a challenge. Yet, she is a diplomat who strongly " favors the pen ", and a lover of peace who would never seek to fight or escalate a conflict. She's simultaneously both the most fierce and most nurturing member of the Justice League ; and her political connections as a United Nations Honorary Ambassador and the ambassador of a warrior nation makes her an invaluable addition to the team.
With her powerful abilities, centuries of training and experienced at handling threats that range from petty crime to threats that are of a magical or supernatural nature, Diana is capable of competing with nearly any hero or villain. Many writers have depicted Diana in different personalities and tone; between both of her diametric extremes; that of a worldly warrior, a highly compassionate and calm ambassador, and sometimes also as a naive and innocent person, depending on the writer.
What has remained constant, and is a mainstay of the character, is her nurturing humanity: Open and sincere even in the midst of a gruesome, bloody conflict. Having many strengths and powers, but at the end of the day she's a woman with a lot of emotional intelligence ". He referred to her trait of feeling compassion as both her strength and weakness. Alternative versions of Wonder Woman Diana, after her death, was granted divinity as the Goddess of Truth by her gods for such faithful devotion.
Whereas Diana used the Lasso of Truth as her primary weapon, Hippolyta favored a broad sword. John Byrne, the writer that introduced the concept of Hippolyta as the first Wonder Woman, has explained his intentions in a post in his message board: I thought George's one "mistake" in rebooting Wonder Woman was making her only 25 years old when she left Paradise Island.
I preferred the idea of a Diana who was thousands of years old as, if I recall correctly, she was in the TV series. From that angle, I would have liked to have seen Diana having been Wonder Woman in WW2, and be returning to our world in the reboot. Not having that option, I took the next best course, and had Hippolyta fill that role. During that time she had a relationship with Ted Grant.
Orana , a character similar to Artemis, defeated Diana in a new contest and became Wonder Woman in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. Orana was killed during her first mission. Abilities[ edit ] Powers and skills[ edit ] Wonder Woman without special powers fighting crime as Diana Prince. Cover of Wonder Woman July Art by Mike Sekowsky. Diana is depicted as a masterful athlete, acrobat, fighter and strategist, trained and experienced in many ancient and modern forms of armed and unarmed combat, including exclusive Amazonian martial arts.
In some versions, her mother trained her, as Wonder Girl, for a future career as Wonder Woman. From the beginning, she is portrayed as highly skilled in using her Amazon bracelets to stop bullets and in wielding her golden lasso. Wonder Woman was capable of bench pressing 15, pounds even before she had received her bracelets, and later hoisted a 50, pound boulder above her head to inspire Amazons facing the test. Her strength would be removed in accordance with "Aphrodite's Law" if she allowed her bracelets to be bound or chained by a male.
Such an array included ESP, astral projection, telepathy with or without the Mental Radio , mental control over the electricity in her body, the Amazonian ability to turn brain energy into muscle power, etc. Psycho 's Electro Atomizer; it was also discovered that she was unable to send a mental radio message without her body.
In times of great need, removing her bracelets would temporarily augment her power tenfold, but cause her to go berserk in the process. This strength has allowed her to usually overwhelm Superman and Supergirl , easily using strength alone to overpower such characters. She has also held her own against Darkseid. Her strength has no measurable limits and she can break the Chronus Scepter, which is universal in its destructive power.
However, now Diana is the daughter of Zeus, king of the Greek Gods, so it is unclear as to how much of her power and strength is a direct result of her divine heritage.
However, as mentioned earlier, now that she is a demigoddess, it has been suggested that she heals extremely quickly also due to her divine heritage. In rare cases where she has been gravely injured, Diana showed the ability to physically merge with the earth, causing whatever injuries or poisons to be expelled from her body; such an act is considered sacred, and can only be used in extreme cases.
Athena's gift has enabled Diana to master over a dozen languages including those of alien origin , multiple complex crafts, sciences and philosophies, as well as leadership, military strategy, and armed and unarmed combat.
More recently, Athena bound her own eyesight to Diana's, granting her increased empathy. The Eyes of the Hunter ability gives Diana a full range of enhanced senses, including telescopic vision and super hearing. Hestia , goddess of hearth and home, granted Diana sisterhood with fire. This power has been shown to control the "Fires of Truth", which Diana wields through her lasso, making anyone bound by it unable to lie. Hermes , the messenger god of speed, granted Diana superhuman speed and the ability to fly.
After the relaunch of the character, Wonder Woman does not naturally possess the power of flight. She gains it once she is hit by a feather thrown by Hermes. While not completely invulnerable, she is highly resistant to great amounts of concussive force and extreme temperatures and matches Superman  in this regard, although edged weapons or projectiles applied with sufficient force are able to pierce her skin. She is able to astrally project herself into various lands of myth.
Her physical body reacts to whatever happens to her on the mythical astral plane, leaving her body cut, bruised, or sometimes strengthened once her mind and body are reunited.
She can apparently leave the planet through meditation and did this once to rescue Artemis while she was in Hell. These new abilities, which included superhuman speed, durability, longevity, accelerated healing, and even flight came in addition to her previous attributed Olympian strength.
She is now considered to be stronger than Hercules. In addition to her weaponry, Diana's indestructible bracelets can now create an thunderous explosion when she clashes them together. These new abilities are attributed to being the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus. Her powers are now considered nearly unmeasurable if she goes without her Bracelets of Submission, which keep her powers in check.
She uses these powers in battle against the goddess Artemis and quickly renders her unconscious with ease with a series of carefully positioned counterattacks. While using her godly strength, her outfit and accoutrements lit up and her eyes glowed like her father's.
I know all soldiers, and they know me. Each gave her powers that would reveal themselves when she needed them to. She first displays strength when she accidentally rips the bars off her cell door when visited by Steve Trevor, Etta Candy, and Barbara Ann Minerva. Later on a trip to the mall, she discovers super speed, great durability, and the power of flight while fighting off a terrorist attack.
The continuity established by Rebirth continues across DC's comic book titles, including volume five of Wonder Woman.
Personal armor[ edit ] Wonder Woman's outfit has varied over time, although almost all of her outfit incarnations have retained some form of breastplate, tiara, bracelets, and her signature five-pointed star symbols. When Wonder Woman was first introduced, she wore a heavily patriotic skirt and red top which incorporated an American eagle and elements of the United States flag, reflecting the comic's origins during World War II. Later artists introduced what would become Wonder Woman's classic ensemble, adding an armored plate to her top whose design recalls a letter W and revealing blue short shorts, whose precise length varied from artist to artist.
Other artists have experimented with different looks for Wonder Woman over the years, including an all-white mod jumpsuit, a biker outfit, a variation of her mainstream depiction featuring leather pants and a jacket, and a number of armoured battlesuits.
Contemporary artists have attempted to emphasise Wonder Woman's traditional outfit as a red armored top with a blue gladiator skirt. She also had a pair of red glowing magnetic earrings which allowed her to receive messages from Queen Desira of the planet Venus. Pre-Crisis At the time of her debut, Wonder Woman sported a red top with a golden eagle emblem, a white belt, blue star-spangled culottes , and red and golden go-go boots.
She originally wore a skirt; however according to Elizabeth Martson, "It was too hard to draw and would have been over her head most of the time. She wore a series of jumpsuits as her attire, most popular of these was a white one. She wore an outfit similar to her s one, but now with a larger glowing golden belt. Similar to her chest-plate, her glowing belt was also shaped into a "W".
Michael Straczynski 's run of Wonder Woman's altered timeline changed her outfit drastically. Her outfit was redesigned by Jim Lee and included a redesigned emblem, a golden and red top, black pants, and a later discontinued blue-black jacket. During a flashback in Vol. The character's original one-piece outfit was restored, although the color combination of red and blue was changed to dark red and blue-black.
Her chest-plate, belt and tiara were also changed from gold to a platinum or sterling silver color. Along with her sword, she now also utilizes a shield. She wears many accessories such as arm and neck jewelery styled as the "WW" motif. Her outfit is no longer made of fabric, as it now resembles a type of light, flexible body armor.
Her boots are now a very dark blue rather than red. The design previously included black trousers, but they were removed and the one-piece look was restored during the time of publication. Art by Clay Mann and Brad Anderson. This outfit is a red bustier with a gold eagle, a blue leather skirt with gold edges with two stars, and knee-high red boots with gold knee guards and accents. Her tiara once again is gold with a red star. She occasionally wears a red cape with a gold clasp and edges.
Wonder Woman film Main article: Wonder Woman film Her tiara's signature star symbol is now an eight pointed starburst. According to designer Lindy Hemming and director Patty Jenkins , every design decision made for Themyscira came down to the same question: It should be different. It should be authentic and real […] and appealing to women.