Diana is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta, the first child born on Paradise Island in the three thousand year history that the immortal Amazons lived there. The Amazons had been created around 1200 B.C. when the Greek goddesses drew forth the souls of all women who had been murdered by men. One soul was left behind, the one that would be born as Diana. That soul originally belonged to the unborn daughter of the first woman murdered by a man (whom Hippolyta was the reincarnation of). In the late 20th Century, Hippolyta was instructed to mold some clay from the shores of Paradise Island into the form of a baby girl. Six members of the Greek Pantheon then bonded the soul to the clay, giving it life. Each of the six also granted Diana a gift: Demeter, great strength; Athena, wisdom and courage; Artemis, a hunter’s heart and a communion with animals; Aphrodite, beauty and a loving heart; Hestia, sisterhood with fire; Hermes, speed and the power of flight. Diana grew up surrounded by a legion of sisters and mothers. When she was a young woman, the gods decreed that the Amazons must send an emissary into Man’s World. Queen Hippolyta ordered a contest to be held, but forbade Diana from participating. Diana disobeyed and did so anyway in disguise, easily winning the contest and being named the Amazon’s champion. She was given a uniform fashioned from the standard of someone who had visited the island a few decades earlier.
Wonder Woman did not keep her identity a secret, and she was not at first a “super-heroine”. Indeed, her character was in many ways that of a babe in the woods, innocent and without guile. Diana spoke only Themyscirian, a combination of classical Greek and Turkish. She had to learn English when she arrived in America, rather than knowing the language intuitively. Nonetheless, Diana was trained as a warrior and had no compunction against using deadly force when called for. Diana often dealt with war, injustice, inequality, death, and conflicts involving the Olympian Gods.
Before embarking on her mission, Diana was given the Lasso of Truth, forged by Hephaestus himself. She was also given the Sandals of Hermes, which allowed her to instantly traverse great distances in seconds. Diana’s mission was one of peace, but part of it initially involved defeating a mad plot by Ares to destroy the world. Diana ventured into the world by starting at Boston. There she met a Harvard professor, Dr. Julia Kapatelis, and her daughter, Vanessa Kapatelis, as well as the Air Force Officers Steve Trevor and Etta Candy. Diana stayed with Julia and Vanessa and over the course of a month or two, Diana learned to speak English. She was attacked at their home by Decay, one of Ares’ minions, and after a battle that spilled out into the streets of Boston she first came to the public’s eye and was given the name Wonder Woman. Upon discovering Ares’ plan (one that involved creating a nuclear holocaust), Diana managed to foil it, battling through his sons Phobos and Deimos before finally convincing him the error of his ways with the Lasso. After defeating the God of War, Diana returned home for healing at the hands of Poseidon himself.
Thanks to the nice people over at DC Comics for finally clarifying the history of Wonder Woman. Last week I noted that I’d heard rumors that Warner was going to do a 3 movie story arc on Justice League. I made it very clear that we were talking about rumors and not facts. Shortly after my radio show last Friday I was contacted by a man who thanked me for being clear but who asked me not to say things like that because they get fans hopes up.
Fair enough. He was a nice guy, earned his law degree by paying attention and I don’t like teasing people so I let things lie. After all, if the rumors were true they’d have to start signing people to multi-film contracts. You know, lock them in like they used to do in the 50’s.
Lord of the Rings was different. They shot all three movies at once so, technically, the actors and actresses only shot one, really long, movie.
But for Justice League, let’s just admit that’s what this will be, they need to acquire real commitments. In for an inch then in for a mile as my granny used to say.
So, imagine my amusement when 2 hours later Warner officially announced that they had signed Gal Gadot to a three movie deal to star as Wonder Woman.
Well, THANKS BE TO GOD my little radio show didn’t screw that pooch. The whole franchise could have toppled because of my, unsubstantiated, rumors.
Shaunna Murphy, at Hollywood Life, has the whole story.
Score one for the ladies! After years of female heroes playing second-fiddle to the Avengers and Batmans of the world, it looks like Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman may finally be flying solo.
Gal Gadot has officially signed a three picture deal to play Princess Diana of Themyscira — or, as she’s widely know, Wonder Woman. Find out the details of this amazing deal — including whether or not it will include a standalone Wonder Woman film — below!
It’s about freaking time. No offense to Scarlett Johansson, Gwyneth Paltrow, and especially Anne Hathaway — who would have been great in a standalone Catwoman film — but it’s been maddening to see the ladies always playing second-fiddle to the male leads in the bazillions of Marvel and DC films that have come out over the past decade or so. Not that Black Widow should take top billing in a movie about Iron Man, but isn’t it time for a female superhero to land her own film?
Reportedly, Warner Brothers thinks that the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” HollywoodLife.com‘s sister site Variety confirms that Gal, the Israeli actress who was recently cast as Wonder Woman, has signed a three-picture deal with Warner Bros. We already knew that she’d be playing the role in the upcoming Ben Affleck-led Batman vs. Superman film, but Variety‘s sources say that Gal will reprise her role in both a Justice League movie, and… drumroll please… a standalone Wonder Woman flick!
Now, we can’t get too excited just yet. If Gal’s performance in Batman vs. Superman is poorly received, the studio won’t give her a standalone film for obvious reasons — a Wonder Woman movie has been theoretically “in the works” for years, and of course they’re going to want to make sure they have the perfect star for the badass role.
No one has successfully stepped into Diana’s shiny red boots since Lynda Carter took on the role in the iconic TV series back in the ’70s, so if Gal and Warner Bros. successfully pull off a lucrative Wonder Woman film, it will be a remarkable achievement.
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Do you agree that it’s about time for a Wonder Woman to step up and be a role model for the millions of girls who love superhero films?
Superhero flicks have been a sausage fest for far too long. There are some great female characters, especially in the DC universe, who could easily be stand alone films or TV shows.
Granted, Wonder Woman is an iconic character. She has been the subject of fan boy and girl fantasies for years. I know a guy, around my age, who needs to excuse himself if he just hears the name Dianna Prince.
All in all you can’t blame him.
Now, Gal Gadot. After seeing some of her Israeli commercials and hearing her voice I get the casting. As noted above, Wonder Woman’s first language isn’t English. They are returning to the true roots of the character. Which means that someone stopped spanking their monkey under a Lynda Carter poster and actually did some research.
Which means we might get a really good movie for a change.
If nothing else, it’ll put an end to fan films like this.
Wonder Woman Fan Film from Jesse V. Johnson on Vimeo.
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