Princess Diana is the fierce and courageous superheroine Wonder Woman, the champion of the Amazons. She founded the Justice League alongside her friends after the Imperium invasion, and fell in love with fellow superhero the Batman.
Diana started life as a clay sculpture. Her mother, Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons, breathed life into her so that she might have a child of her own. She later realized that she was not sculpted by her mother alone, but with her mother's lover Hades as well. She was given a chance to verify this information, but turned it down because she had no doubt in her mind that she was born and raised by Hippolyta.
Diana grew up the princess of the people of Themyscira, beloved by everyone on the island. However, when "Man's World" came under attack by the Imperium, she proposed to Hippolyta that they send help. When Hippolyta refused to intervene, Diana still felt it was her duty to help. During the night, Diana secretly entered the Temple of Athena and took the goddess' magic armor. After this she received a distress call from the Martian J'onn J'onzz. Diana left Themyscira and traveled to where she felt the summons originating.
Following the distress call to its source, she arrived in a canyon along with, Green Lantern, Hawkgirl and the Flash. There, the group took part in a battle where Diana even saved Hawkgirl from one of the fighter craft. She was instantly noticed for her beauty and revealing armor, most notably by Flash. However, the others noticed as a newcomer by the others in the ways of fighting as a hero. Green Lantern referred to her as "the rookie with the tiara". Diana joined the other six individuals to combat the Imperium, first joining Batman and J'onn to destroy one of the invaders' factories in Egypt. The attack seemingly resulted in Batman's demise, forcing Diana and J'onn to meet Green Lantern and Flash in Metropolis in order to rescue the captured Superman and Hawkgirl. However, they too were captured soon after.
During the Imperium's torture of J'onn, Batman arrived, alive and well, to reverse the effects of the factory. Diana was freed of her bonds and punctured large holes in the building, letting the sunlight in to destroy the invaders. When the Imperium attempted to escape, Diana used her lasso to hold the ship down. After being hit by a laser cannon, Hawkgirl smashed her mace into the shuttle, buying time for Diana to regain control of the ship while the Thanagarian delivered the final blow.
The Justice League
Diana took on the name Wonder Woman and continued to serve with the League, such as assisting Aquaman in Atlantis in keeping control of Atlantis from his brother. However, eight months after the League's formation, Diana began to have second thoughts about leaving her mother and sisters. Believing that she at least owed Hippolyta an explanation for her actions, Diana decided to return to Themyscira. However, when she arrived there, Diana found her home in ruins and her fellow Amazons turned to stone, including her mother. The one responsible turned out to be Felix Faust, who claimed to have come to the island in search of ultimate knowledge. Faust struck a deal with Diana, agreeing to restore the Amazons if she retrieved a series of mystical artifacts scattered across the globe. Feeling she had no alternative, Diana agreed.
After successfully locating one of the artifacts and destroying much of the museum in a battle with a giant colossus, Diana was confronted by Superman about her behavior. Reluctantly, she agreed to allow him, J'onn, and Flash to assist her in locating the other relics. While they performed this task, however, Batman gathered information on Faust. He revealed that the relics together made a key which would unlock the gates of Tartarus and release the god Hades from his prison.
Despite this information, Diana took the relics and returned to Themyscira. However, just as Faust was about to double-cross her, Superman, J'onn, Flash, and Batman revealed themselves and fought the sorcerer. Faust, however, still managed to escape, taking the key and Hippolyta with him.
After Faust released Hades from Tartarus, Diana and the other League members fought Hades and an army of undead warriors that the god summoned to attack them. Diana freed her mother and then pried the key from its lock. Her actions destroyed it, causing everything to be hurled into Tartarus. Hades attempted to drag Hippolyta through the gate with him, but Diana was able to rescue her while Hades and the remains of Faust were thrown back to the dead world.
Though Diana had saved Themyscira, with the help of the other League members, she had broken the sacred law that forbade anyone from bringing men to the island. Because of her actions, Hippolyta was forced to banish Diana from Themyscira. Diana, though visibly shaken, accepted her exile and departed with the Justice League.
Diana continued to work with the League, assisting on missions such as saving Gorilla City from destruction at the hands of Gorilla Grodd. She would, however, reunite briefly with her mother when Diana's adopted Amazon sister, Aresia, unleashed a poison meant to kill every man on Earth. Diana rescued Hippolyta after she was taken captive by Aresia and Tsukuri when she attempted to stop the rogue Amazon. Diana also defeated Aresia and the other woman was killed when her aircraft plummeted into the sea. After Hawkgirl betrayed the JL, Diana would not trust her. The two were forced to team up and break into the realm of Hades. They had learn to forgive and forget Hawkgirl's sins and become close again.
Diana continued to work as part of the League, but also began to venture into "Man's World" for reasons other than to protect it. This activity allowed her to befriend international celebrities such as Princess Audrey of Kaznia. She also discovered the identity of her fellow League member, Batman, around this time.
Soon after, when Superman was seemingly murdered in battle by Toyman, Diana very nearly killed the villain in revenge. She was only dissuaded by Flash when he reminded her that Superman would never have advocated murder. Diana attended the memorial service held for the Kryptonian, again briefly seeing her mother again just before the service began. She sat in the Watchtower with the other members of the Justice League when Lobo showed up and announced that he would join the Justice League, she and the others quickly rejected him. She was visibly overjoyed when Superman returned, having actually been hurled forward in time.
After nearly two years with the Justice League, Diana had come to trust and rely on each of the other members. So when Hawkgirl betrayed the League to the Thanagarian forces, Diana felt particularly let down. Diana was subdued by an electromagnetic energy beam, and then subsequently tied up with her own lasso. She was, however, responsible for freeing the captured League as well. When she and the League were forced to go underground after their escape to hide from the Thanagarians, Diana joined Batman, whom she knew to be Bruce Wayne. After saving a pair of civilians from falling debris, Diana and Wayne were forced to hide in an Indian restaurant. While there, they were forced to engage in a deep kiss in order to conceal their faces from the pursuing Thanagarians.
After the League had successfully made their way to the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor in Gotham City, they were confronted by Hawkgirl, now known as Lieutenant Shayera Hol. Diana's bitterness toward her former ally was exceeded only perhaps by John Stewart's, and Diana was more than prepared to deal harshly with the other woman. However, Shayera instead provided them with technical readouts for the Hyperspace Bypass Generator, which had been previously thought to be a shield generator to protect Earth from the Gordanians, as well as returning Stewart's power ring.
Diana joined Superman and Green Lantern in infiltrating Commander Hro Talak's flagship in order to shut down the forcefield surrounding the Hyperspace Bypass Generator. During her battle with the Thanagarians onboard the flagship, Diana stumbled across Shayera, who had been imprisoned for giving information to the League. Although still bitter about Shayera's betrayal, Diana released her. WondernextWonder Woman during her attack on Thanagarian Forces.
After the battle, Diana participated in the debate about what to do concerning Shayera's continued status in the League. Still angry, Diana remained against Shayera staying among them, likely even voting to expel her. Diana's grudge against Shayera would continue for some time.
During her time in the Justice League, she developed a deep mutual bond with Batman, but the two never acted on their feelings.
In Batman Beyond, the effects of Lex Luthor's power disruptor are temporary. When the Lords' powers are restored, Lords Martian Manhunter, Green Lantern and Hawkgirl refuse to choose sides in the conflict between Lord Superman and Lord Batman (as Lord Batman had eventually managed to convince the three of them that the Justice Lords' methods are wrong) and leave Earth in disgust. Lord Superman marries Lady Wonder Woman during their war against Lord Batman and his benevolent followers. When the League returns to the Lords' world to help Lord Batman, the League's Wonder Woman and Lord Batman fall in love; she remains in the Lords' world and marries him. The League's Batman is heartbroken; he and Wonder Woman were attracted to each other, but he thought a romantic relationship in the team would cause trouble.
Decades later, Lord Batman dies fighting the other Lords; the world remains under their tyranny, with wars between Lord Superman and Lord Batman's followers. Although the League's Wonder Woman returns to mainstream Earth, Superman and Batman's successor Terry McGinnis are suspicious; their Wonder Woman and her Lady counterpart are identical, and they think this Wonder Woman may be Lord Superman's wife working as a spy. McGinnis travels to the Lords' world, and learns about Lord Batman's death. The comics introduce parallel-universe versions of Terry McGinnis and Dick Grayson. In this world, Lord McGinnis never meets Bruce Wayne (and never becomes Batman); Lord Grayson is an officer on the Justice Lords' task force, despite being Lord Batman's partner decades before. Lord Superman arrives on the League's world with his followers—including the Justice-Lord versions of Warhawk, Aquagirl, Micron, Captain Marvel, the Flash, and Curare—telling the Justice League that Wonder Woman is his wife.
Years after Wonder Woman's marriage to Lord Batman, her Lady counterpart lures her husband out of hiding and murders him; Wonder Woman kills Lady Wonder Woman in retaliation for her husband's death and marries Lord Superman, despite the two despising each other. Their marriage is a sham to keep peace between the warring sides; and they decide to conceive a son to further cement the alliance. Zod is created from the genetic engineering of his parents' DNA with technology from Krypton, Themyscira and Project Cadmus since the two despised each other. After Lord Superman discovers that Terry McGinnis has traveled to his universe, he returns to his world to confront him and his counterpart. McGinnis discovers a Batsuit, more advanced than his own, made by Lord Batman to counter Lord Superman's powers. McGinnis dons the Batsuit to battle Lord Superman, with his counterpart as a witness. The first fight ends with Terry faking his death (with the Batsuit) when Lord Superman uses heat vision. Terry later discovers that the suit is powered by synthetic kryptonite, with which Lord Batman planned to defeat Lord Superman.
When Lord Superman returns to the League's world, he fights Superman, Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman in the Batcave and Zod arrives to help his mother. Terry defeats Lord Superman when the fight spreads to Gotham's downtown area, while the rest of the League defeat the rest of the Justice Lords. Superman sends Lord Superman to the Phantom Zone. Diana apologizes to Ur-Zod that she wasn't there for him but he tells her to stay away as she was planning to use him as a tool. The other heroes of Justice Lords' forbade her from returning as they represented the old ways and the world needed to move on. She decided to return to the world of men and started using the Wayne Manor as a part-time residence.
Powers and Abilities
- Divine Empowerment
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Advanced)
- Political Science
- Bracelets of Submission: Silver bracelets that allow her to deflect bullets and energy beams.
- Lasso of Truth: A virtually indestructible magic lasso that compels those ensnared by it to tell the truth. The wielder must be worthy; when Diana murdered Lady Wonder Woman of the Justice Lords in cold blood, she was no longer worthy, so the Lasso disintegrated in her hands.
- Wonder Woman's Tiara: Her tiara, which can be used as a throwing weapon similar to a boomerang.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the DC Animated Universe and is an adaptation of Wonder Woman. The original character was created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter and first appeared in All-Star Comics #8.
- Wonder Woman was voiced by Susan Eisenberg.
- Wonder Woman is also known as Princess Diana.
- 148 Appearances of Diana of Themyscira (DCAU)
- 73 Images featuring Diana of Themyscira (DCAU)
- 8 Quotations by or about Diana of Themyscira (DCAU)
- Character Gallery: Diana of Themyscira (DCAU)
- Batman Beyond Universe #9
- Batman Beyond Universe #10
- Batman Beyond Universe #11
- Adventures in the DC Universe #3
- Adventures in the DC Universe #1
- Adventures in the DC Universe #11
- Adventures in the DC Universe #19
- Justice League Unlimited (TV Series) Episode: The Once and Future Thing, Part I: Weird Western Tales
- Justice League Unlimited (TV Series) Episode: Dark Heart
- Justice League Unlimited (TV Series) Episode: Ultimatum
- Justice League (TV Series) Episode: A Better World, Part II
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