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18 Things You Didn't Know About Wonder Woman

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For this list we give you 20 facts about Wonder Woman that are both fun and fascinating. It's time Wonder Woman got her due on the big screen. A solo movie for one of DC's biggest characters is finally on track to hit theaters in 2017. Somehow there hasn't been a single live action Wonder Woman film to date. There's been a successful show, and a successful animated film, but not a live action film adaption of the most iconic woman in comics. It's been a long time coming.

Whether you support Gal Gadot or (director) Zack Snyder or not, you have to admit you were a little excited when you learned she's be part of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But even though her star-spangled outfit and lasso of truth are well known pieces of pop culture few actually know much about Wonder Woman herself. She's an iconic part of our culture, but the masses don't know much past the Invisible jet or the tiara.

So we've decided to compile a list of the important but lesser known facts and trivia within Wonder Woman's rich comic book history. Just who is Wonder Woman? How did the character come about? What exactly are her powers? What's with the lasso and all the tying up? This is your crash course on the Princess of the Amazons, the (sometimes) Goddess of War, Wonder Woman!

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    Wonder Woman's Creator Also Invented the Lie Detector Test

    Photo: Ed Westcott / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    The real life of the man who created Wonder Woman is worthy of a movie by itself. William Moulton Marston, who went by Charles Moulton was a Harvard Graduate turned psychologist and lawyer turned inventor turned comic writer. He was also a noted polygamist and cites his wife (Elizabeth Hollaway) and the main woman they lived with (Olive Byrne) with influencing Wonder Woman. All of this and he invented the polygraph test. That lie detecting lasso makes even more sense now.

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    She's Worthy of Wielding Thor's Hammer

    Back in the '90s Marvel and DC decided to play nice and not only crossover the character so we could see what it was like for say Batman and Wolverine to team up, but went a step further and even combined them (Batman and Wolverine became Dark Claw). During this brief shared universe moment, Wonder Woman encountered Thor and his hammer, Mjolnir. Turns out that unlike so many other comic book heroes, Wonder Woman is worthy and can actually wield the Asgardian weapon.

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    She Was the First Mainstream Female Superhero Ever

    Photo: ABC Television / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain

    When we think of female superheroes we think of Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, and and Black Widow. If you're a comic book fan, you also probably think of others like Captain Marvel, Miss Marvel, Zatanna, and Hawkgirl. Either way Wonder Woman is certainly the most iconic and with good reason. She predates the rest by years. 

     She debuted in 1942, just three years after Superman and two years after Batman. This was a time when superheroes weren't really a defined thing yet, but were still separating themselves from their forerunners, pulp heroes like the Shadow, Conan, and Lone Ranger.

    The next big female superhero didn't debut until Black Canary in 1947. Batgirl wasn't until 1967, then Capain Marvel in 1968.
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    She's a Founding Member of the Justice League of America

    She was the only female member of the team for years. The initial roster was Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter. The team originally came together when a race of aliens were competing to see who could take over earth. The heroes all teamed up to take them out, then became a team.

    Source: DC Wikia
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