Wonder Woman

A peace-loving warrior who was born to the Greek god Zeus fights in World War I with an army of futuristic weapons, despite having grown up far from the human race. Welcome to Wonder Woman’s wacky world. The new cinema adaptation of the DC Comics series may have a crazy plot, but it uses it to make some sharp points about gender, violence and the nature of truth. Since its June release, the movie has received glowing reviews and made almost a billion at the global box office. What makes it such a winner?

Feminism

As the first female-led superhero film in over a decade, Wonder Woman was inevitably going to be a feminist talking point. More importantly, however, its protagonist is a genuinely badass hero who sets out to save the world from the stupidity of men. How has feminism changed since the character was invented in 1941?

Pacifism

Wonder Woman — or Diana of Themyscira, as she is known in this film — has been raised a pacifist by a tribe of warrior women. She is keen to use her fighting skills to end all wars; in fact, her nemesis is Ares, the god of war himself. Since time immemorial, people have debated what can be achieved through warfare…

World War I

Having grown up on a remote island, Wonder Woman suddenly finds herself thrust into “The War to End All Wars”. Of his decision to set the film in this period, screenwriter Allan Heinberg has said that “we are in a very WWI world today” due to growing nationalism. Is this parallel fair?

Truth

One of Wonder Woman’s many awesome weapons is the Lasso of Truth, which forces anyone who gets caught up in it to tell the truth. Fittingly enough, her creator William Moulton Marston helped invent the lie detector. In an age often described by the term “post-truth”, the themes of reality and honesty are more important than ever…

Comics

Over the past decade and a half, the rebirth of the superhero movie genre has reignited interest in the comic books that spawned them. While they may seem like pure entertainment, politics is never far away — in this respect, Wonder Woman is no exception. What do we expect from our comics?