She’s more than meets the eye.
By Joshua Yehl
Wonder Woman is part of DC’s trinity, but what makes her strong enough that fans regard her alongside Batman and Superman? Here’s why Wonder Woman is so powerful.
(Also, be sure to check out our review of the Wonder Woman movie.)
While Wonder Woman’s origin has changed and evolved as it has been retold over the years, one thing that remains constant is that she is a product of the gods. Whether she was molded out of clay by Amazon Queen Hippolyta and given life by the Greek pantheon or if she’s the illegitimate child of Zeus and Hippolyta, she is a demigod with divine power flowing through her veins. The Gods of Olympus bestowed blessings upon her, providing her with enhanced strength, longevity, speed, durability, senses, beauty and intelligence. Her godly nature also provides her with a natural defense against magical attacks, something that comes in handy when fighting all manner of sorcerers, witches, and supernatural monsters.
Also, it turns out that Wonder Woman’s iconic bracelets actually keep her true abilities in check, and taking them off unleashes an immense power within her that sends her into rage mode. Taking them off for the first time made for one of the most badass exchanges in all of comic book-dom:
The New 52 saw Wonder Woman kill Ares and take his place as the new God of War, giving her all the powers of arguably the most dangerous of the gods. Another notable upgrade came at the end of Blackest Night where she was chosen to wield the power of the Star Sapphire. Although both of these power increases were temporary, they demonstrate that she’s capable of harnessing even more power than she already possesses.
She’s formidable enough by nature, but Wonder Woman also makes regular use of a wide variety of special weapons.
In terms of defense, she does sometimes rely on Amazonian armor and shield, but she always wears her unbreakable bracelets, also known as the Aegis of Athena or the Bracelets of Submission, capable of deflecting bullets, lasers, heat vision and pretty much anything else that comes her way. That’s not to say they can’t be used offensively: she can precisely deflect projectiles back at her enemies like a Jedi or slam the bracelets together to generate a concussive blast. One version of the bracelets could magically produce edged weapons for her to use at a moment’s notice. And another gave her the ability to wield the lightning of Zeus.
She also has a tiara that provides her some protection against telepathy and gives her the ability to contact her Amazon sisters back home. She can also throw it like a razor-edged boomerang, one sharp enough to slice Superman’s throat.
Although if she wants to do some serious cutting she can always rely on her enchanted sword, forged by the god Hephaestus with a blade so fine it can cut the electrons off an atom, if you’re going by the Kingdom Come continuity.
The Lasso of Truth, also known as the Lariat of Hestia or the Golden Perfect, is Wonder Woman’s most iconic and unique item: a virtually unbreakable lasso made of golden thread. While she does use it as a weapon in battle to whip and capture enemies, it’s magical abilities are where its true value lies. Anyone ensnared in the lasso must speak the truth, which is helpful when you need to get crucial information out of the bad guy you just defeated.
And finally, Wonder Woman has the ability to fly. Usually this is one of her gifts from the gods, but we’ve also seen her wear the Boots of Hermes to take to the skies. Either way, it allows her to attack from any angle to get the upper hand on her enemies.