Surprising Things Most People Don't Know About Wonder Woman

It's 2017 and we finally have a Wonder Woman film. After a 70+ year history of inspiring and empowering women, the film is just the latest achievement in the character's pantheon of success both in comics and culture itself.



Despite fears about a female-led superhero film underperforming, Wonder Woman's release shattered expectations. Previous superhero films with female leads have been very poorly received both by audiences and critics (Sorry for conjuring up memories of Catwoman and Elektra), which made Studio Executives nervous. Although Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic comic book characters in history, this fear kept her from appearing on the big screen. However, Wonder Woman pulled in $103 million domestically on its first weekend, making it the highest grossing debut of a film from a female director!

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This isn't the first attempt to bring Wonder Woman to the big screen, the earliest version of the development can be traced back to 1996 when Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman was attached to write it. The film continued to be passed around through Hollywood, with Joss Whedon briefly attached to write and direct. Notably, very few women were approached to bring the character to life, until 2014 when Michelle MacLaren was attached to the project. Later, she handed the project over to the final director, Patty Jenkens, who was finally able to get Wonder Woman on screen.

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Although this isn't even the first comic book film directed by a woman, it is the first to have a budget of over $100million. Previous comic book films directed by women include Tank Girl, Zeon Flux, and Punisher: War Zone.

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This live action version of the heroine is played by Gal Gadot, an Israeli model, and actress. At the age of 20, Gadot enlisted in the Israeli military as a combat instructor, making real-life comparisons to her character all too easy. Unfortunately, nothing is without controversy and the film was banned in Lebanon, a country at war with Israel because Gadot served in the Israeli military.

Since the production took such a long time to finish, the list of potential Wonder Woman is lengthy and full of huge stars. People previously approached for the role include Kate Beckinsale, Sandra Bullock, Rachel Bilson, Sarah Michelle Geller, Eva Green, Kristen Stewart and Angelina Jolie. Interestingly, Jolie was offered the role of Wonder Woman in 2005 and was later offered to direct the live action film.

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Gal Gadot's version of Wonder Woman first appeared in 2016's Batman v. Superman as a standout character that left fans wanting more. Although this was her first Live Action appearance in theaters, there have been numerous iterations of the character in different formats. Most notably, Lynda Carter played her in the 1975 - 1979 TV series which shaped the character's perception in the public eye. She has since appeared in many animated films and TV shows along with the Justice League. Funnily enough, the first time Audiences got a glimpse of Wonder Woman in theaters wasn't even in a superhero film. It was in 2014's The Lego Movie voiced by Cobie Smulders (Another actress considered for the role)

Director Patty Jenkins shares a birthday with the original Wonder Woman, Lynda Carter. Gal Gadot also shares a birthday with Emily Carey, who plays a younger version of Wonder Woman in the film.

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Like most films, the crew went back late into production in order to film extra screens and reshoot old ones. Unfortunately, after filming, Gadot became pregnant and it was harder to reshoot some of her stunt sequences with her significant baby bump. So the creative filmmakers designed a costume with a green screen over her stomach so they could digitally erase it and match it to the rest of the film.

Wonder Woman's comic counterpart has a lot of interesting and notable things that should absolutely be mentioned. First off, unlike the male juggernauts in the DC universe (Batman and Superman) Wonder Woman doesn't have a no-kill rule. She has also run for president (Twice!!) and has a very unique set of abilities including the ability to telepathically control her invisible jet (No, we're not kidding). Also, since her powers stem from Magic, she is easily able to overpower Superman (Along with Kryptonite, his weakness is Magic) and Supergirl. She also has super strength, speed, and the ability to talk to animals.

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Instead of a Space Rock being used to weaken her and remove her powers, Wonder Woman's weakness is much more symbolic. If her indestructible bracelets are chained together, she loses all her abilities. This was inspired by the images of women suffragists who chained themselves to buildings as a form of protest. Wonder Woman's weakness also gives her a platform to overcome these issues and inspire the women of the time. Marston says the decision was "in order to signify her emancipation from men."

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Wonder Woman's creator had a Ph.D. from Harvard. Completely shattering the typical image of an old-timey comic book writer, Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had degrees in psychology and law from Harvard, and also helped invent the first lie detector test which inspired the "Lasso of Truth."

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The inspiration behind Wonder Woman came from Marston's wife Elizabeth Holloway and live-in mistress and student Olive Byrne. The 3 of them were in a polyamorous relationship and many of Wonder Woman's characteristics can be traced back to the two. Some of the other characters in the comic were also inspired by real-life situations or people, for example, the villain, Dr. Psycho, was inspired by one of Marston's ex-professors who thought women should not be able to vote.

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Pants or no pants? According to Tech Times, Wonder Woman's costume hasn't always been a red, white and blue one-piece. Originally, she wore a knee-length skirt. It was only in 1962 that she adopted the spandex body suit. By 1968, though, she ditched the whole superhero costume altogether when she lost her powers for a period of four years. During this time, she wore outfits that would have looked at home in a James Bond movie, including, most famously, a white jumpsuit.

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Wonder Woman was the first female member of the Justice Society, a precursor to the Justice League. Marston, however, did not write the Justice Society stories; a man named Gardner Fox did. Fox made Wonder Woman the secretary of the Society and always had her stay behind while the men flew off to fight the bad guys. She was a founding member and the only female teammate of the original Justice League of America. She joined as one of the founding seven members alongside Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Aquaman and Martian Manhunter.

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Wonder Woman's homeland is an island where men aren't allowed. Originally, this island was called — get ready — Paradise Island (it's now called Themyscira). Diana's mother Hippolyta brought the Amazons there after Hercules stole her magic girdle, and Aphrodite told them that they'd be safe so long as they wore bracelets and didn't talk to men. Diana's mother Hippolyta brought the Amazons there after Hercules stole her magic girdle and Aphrodite told them that they'd be safe so long as they wore bracelets and didn't talk to men.

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She was originally made from clay and had no father. Wonder Woman's origin story has changed over the years, but originally, she was fashioned out of clay by Hippolyta, the Queen of the Amazons, and made to be, as the original comic said, Beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes and stronger than Hercules.

In the current iteration of the character, however, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus.

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The first women-only screening of Wonder Woman was at the Alamo Drafthouse in Downtown Brooklyn on Sunday. 176 tickets to the matinee sold out less than an hour after the theater announced the showing, following the lead of the chain's flagship in Austin, Tex., inviting only those who identified as women, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.

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She was nearly called Suprema. Editor Sheldon Mayer convinced Marston to just call her Wonder Woman instead. Suprema 

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Wonder Woman used to really be into bondage. Leaving aside the fact that Wonder Woman's own weapon is literally a rope, there are many instances in early comics where she and other women find themselves tied up and/or chained. Despite repeated requests from his editors that he tone it down with the bondage, Marston kept it up because he felt that it was a good way to illustrate Wonder Woman's ability to free herself.

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Wonder Woman and Superman dated for a while in 2012 (Although, her original love was Steve Trevor, the army officer who crashed his plane on Themyscira). She also became the first DC hero to officiate a same-sex wedding. 

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The Themyscira scenes [in the movie] were shot in Italy, but they scouted locations worldwide. The entire cast and crew stayed at 3 different resorts, but the main one was called "Happy Village."

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Director Patty Jenkins gave a very specific note to Lucy Davis for playing Etta Candy. 

If you look at the character, the way she talks, she almost has this way that she kind of mumbles to herself. Like a little under her breath, and it ends up being this great comedic quirk of the character. 

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The No Man's Land fight scene was one of the hardest to get just right, while the Amazons battle scenes were the most emotional.  

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On October 21, 2016, the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Wonder Woman, the character was designated by the United Nations as its Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, a gesture intended to promote gender equality and empowerment of women and girls.

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