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‘Wonder Woman’: The Influence of the Amazon in My Life

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Growing up, the DC world has always been my favorite within the comic book genre, and although all of its characters are noteworthy, only one has made the difference for me: Wonder Woman.

Most people position themselves as fans of Superman or Batman just by being a lot more famous in times when the male characters seemed to be the most adored. In my case everything was very different. I admired what Superman and Batman represented, but Wonder Woman was much more than a fictional figure to me. Diana Prince was a role model, a strong example of feminism and mother of female characters in comics, created by William Moulton Marston.

For me it wasn’t necessary for a hero, or superhero, to be male or female to feel identified with that representation, it just turned out that the chosen character was Wonder Woman because of how fresh and unique she was for me and the world of comics in general, and also for my love for Greek Mythology.

From an early age, I was reading everything published by DC Comics, watching tv shows… but I devoured the publications about Wonder Woman, especially what George Pérez contributed to the character. Other writers and artists, such as Greg Rucka, Brian Azzarello, Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp, were others I admired for their writing and drawing the Amazons in their different stories, preserving what defined the character.

What will stay with me for the rest of my life is seeing the Justice League animated series for the first time as a child. Where, for the first time, I saw the character in motion, voiced by Susan Eisenberg.

I´ve already heard my family talk about the series, with real actors, from the 70s, starring the talented Lynda Carter. It was like Wonder Woman had left the pages from the Golden Age comics.

I´ve always had the feeling that Diana Prince deserved a movie of her own, seeing that characters like Spider-Man, Batman or Superman have had several over the years. It was as if the destiny wanted my favorite filmmaker, Zack Snyder, to make that dream a reality for me.

I enjoyed and loved Lynda Carter take and the way she embodied the character, but I was ecstatic that Gal Gadot was going to be the new Wonder Woman. I was already a fan of hers since the Fast & Furious franchise and that was a pretty positive thing for starters, but nothing compared to watching her for the first time in action as Wonder Woman and Diana Prince, in all her essence and glory.

DC did the right thing when they supported William Moulton Marston in his idea of Wonder Woman. An iconic character that accompanies me every day in my life and that is also loved by women, men and children all over the world.

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