After many years of asking for a Wonder Woman movie, the fans will finally get their wish. The female superhero who has been holding her own with the big guys (i.e., Superman and Batman) for decades gets her origin story and hero’s journey shown on the big screen. Time to break out my Wonder Woman Underoos and cheer on Diana Prince as she kicks butt on June 2nd.
Wonder Woman first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in 1941. American psychologist and inventor of the polygraph, William Moulton Marston, created Diana inspired by feminists of the day and his wife Elizabeth and their cohabitant and lover, Olive Byrne. (Bracelets worn by Olive gave Marston the idea for Diana’s bracers.)
A comic book publisher read an article Marston had written about the potential of the comic book medium. The publisher tapped Marston to become an educational consultant for two comic book companies, which would merge to form DC Comics. According to Wikipedia this is how Wonder Woman came about:
At that time, Marston wanted to create his own new superhero; Marston’s wife Elizabeth suggested to him that it should be a female: William Moulton Marston, a psychologist already famous for inventing the polygraph, struck upon an idea for a new kind of superhero, one who would triumph not with fists or firepower, but with love. “Fine,” said Elizabeth. “But make her a woman.”
Wonder Woman has always inspired me. Since I was in Elementary School watching Linda Carter on TV, I wanted to create stories with powerful women who save the day (and sometimes save the man) and go on their own hero’s journeys to discover their potential. I wanted to create stories where women can see themselves as the heroes to inspire them to believe in themselves like in my UltraSecurity Series of superhero romances.
That is one of the important powers that Wonder Woman wields for me—inspiring others to have the courage to follow their dreams.