Wonder Woman was around since December 1941 and immediately gained a large following. To this day, she is one of the most widely known female superheroes. However, she was (arguably) not as popular as Superman and Batman until the Wonder Woman movie came out in 2017. Now that’s when she truly exploded in popularity. And with that explosion in popularity came an explosion in misconceptions about Wonder Woman as a superheroes. Here are 10 things many people get wrong about Wonder Woman!
The Movie Was True to Her Origin Story
While the movie does portray Wonder Woman’s origin story, it doesn’t paint the full picture. In fact, Wonder Woman has had multiple origin stories over the course of her nearly eighty-year comic book wrong. The movie did portray most of the basics of one of the origin stories accurately though: she is an Amazon warrior champion, she came out of hiding to defeat the Nazis, and she was sculpted from clay and given life.
However in other origin series she has been portrayed as the daughter of Greek god Zeus and goddess Hippolyta.
That Her Lasso is a Glorified Lie Detector
The Lasso of Truth is arguably one of the most iconic superhero weapons/tools. It’s as recognizable as Captain America’s shield, Batman’s bat-themed gadgets, and Aquaman’s trident. However, the lasso’s abilities don’t stop at making people tell the truth. It can also break hypnotic spells, protect people from magical attacks, and, well, generally be used as a lasso to inflict damage.
Furthermore, before Wonder Woman was given the power of flight, she was shown to use her Lasso of Truth to create air currents that would propel her into the air.
That She is a Complete Pacifist
While it’s true that Wonder Woman strives to bring peace wherever she goes, she does not have the same rigid “no killing” mindset that makes Batman need to fight Joker time and time again. In fact, when Maxwell Lord made Superman turn on his allies and friends, it was Wonder Woman’s decision to kill him that turned the tide of the story arc and restored order to the Justice League.
She is a Proponent of US Values
Because most of the stories Wonder Woman is involved in are rooted in the United States or display attitudes common in the US, many people have jumped to the conclusion that Wonder Woman is DC Comics equivalent of Captain America. While Batman, Superman, Aquaman, etc. are busy fighting local crimes or preventing global catastrophes, Wonder Woman has often had storylines that show her appearing in various cultures and helping out there.
In fact, in one of the most renowned runs of the Wonder Woman comics, Spirit of Truth, she is shown helping women all around the world, stopping terrorists, and participating in international negotiations. However — Wonder Woman is nobody’s messenger — she is an Amazon warrior and her goal is to bring peace, not to spread American values. That’s just a coincidence.