Wonder Woman has been the face of feminism and female empowerment for generations. She is the most popular comic book superhero, surpassing even Batman and Superman, and her legacy has sparked debate about how women should be portrayed.
Since her debut in 1941, Wonder Woman has seen many adaptations including a made for television film in 1974 and the live action TV show which starred Lynda Carter. She has also appeared in several animated series including Hanna-Barbera's Super Friends and its sequel Justice League Unlimited. She has also been featured in a number of video games.
Gal Gadot has been playing the role of Wonder Woman in the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) since 2016's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. She has reprised her role in the films Wonder Woman and Justice League, and is set to return for Wonder Woman 1984.
Gadot's portrayal of the Amazon princess has received acclaim from fans and critics alike. She was praised for her acting, body, and overall presence in the film. Her character's arc in Justice League was especially well-received, with her aiding a resurrected Superman regain his memories and helping the heroes repel Steppenwolf's invasion of Earth.
Wonder Woman's backstory is as fascinating as her powers and abilities. She is the daughter of Queen Hippolyta and her lover, Zeus. The Greek gods gifted her with strength, wisdom, courage, a hunter's heart, beauty, sisterhood, speed, and flight. She is the only one of the mighty Amazons who was not conceived by a man. Her original creator, William Moulton Marston, was a progressive thinker who had controversial views on gender and relationships. Those opinions may have inspired his depiction of the Amazons, as they portrayed women as being superior to men in some ways and submissive in others.