In Wonder Woman #3, coming out next month, DC’s resident Amazon is getting a new origin story. It’s something that may annoy some Wonder Woman purists, if there is such a thing, but I think if any superhero will really benefit from a reboot, it’s Wonder Woman. She’s been so many things, had her ups and downs and she could really use some focus some attention. And a movie.
In a move that is sure to enrage some of the fanbase, DC has decided to give Wonder Woman a father. And not just any father but the King of the Gods himself – Zeus.
,br> When you first hear this, it tends to make a lot of sense. Wonder Woman’s origin story is one of the most bizarre in comics books. She’s not an alien, she didn’t get bit by a spider – her mom made her out of clay (with a little help from a goddess). Originally, Diana was just the best of the Amazons, blessed by Aphrodite, but eventually her origin story was tweaked to include the fact that her mother Hippolyta, desperate for a child on an island with no men, molded a daughter out of clay which Athena then made, ”beautiful as Aphrodite, wise as Athena, swifter than Hermes, and stronger than Hercules.”
It’s an origin many found odd and that non-comic readers had a tough time wrapping their heads around and one DC decided to finally do away with via their relaunch. ”She’s going to learn she’s not who she was told she was,” Azzarello told the NY Post. ”Everybody’s got a father,” he said. “Even if he’s not the nicest guy in the world.”
So now, instead of being created with the help of the gods, Wonder Woman will have been created with the help of the gods. ”In this case, making her a god actually makes her more human, more relatable,” said DC co-publisher Jim Lee. ”We’re approaching all the classic characters in a way that feels true to their origins but thoroughly modern.”