Alternative versions of Wonder Woman

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Alternate versions of Wonder Woman
Publisher DC Comics
First appearance All Star Comics #8 (December 1941)
Created by William Moulton Marston
See also Cultural impact of Wonder Woman

This is a list of the alternative versions of Wonder Woman from all media, including DC Comics multiverse, Elseworlds, television and film.

Mainstream[edit]

  • Queen Hippolyta became Wonder Woman and joined the Justice Society (who made her their secretary) around World War II in post-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. In pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity, Hippolyta assumed the mantle of Wonder Woman for one adventure in Sensation Comics #26.
  • Artemis became Wonder Woman during Hippolyta's trials for a new Wonder Woman.
  • Orana, a character similar to Artemis, defeated Diana in a new contest and became Wonder Woman in pre-Crisis on Infinite Earths continuity. She died during her first mission.
  • Nubia was Wonder Woman's pre-Crisis twin sister, who has also laid claim to the title of Wonder Woman. Post-Crisis she became "Nu'Bia", a Wonder Woman who preceded Diana historically.
  • Cassandra Sandsmark, the current Wonder Girl, became Wonder Woman in an alternative future as seen in the "Titans Tomorrow" storyarc in Teen Titans (vol. 3) #14-16.
  • Donna Troy was Wonder Woman in the first "Who is Wonder Woman?" storyarc in Wonder Woman (vol. 3) before Diana came back. In her most recent continuity, Donna herself was originally created as a younger, magical duplicate of Diana.

Alternative universe depictions[edit]

  • On Earth-3, the character was known as "Superwoman" and was a member of the Crime Society of America, analogous to the Justice Society of America. Unlike her standard Amazonian counterpart, the Earth-3 Wonder Woman apparently possessed uncharacteristic abilities such as heat vision.
  • The Wonder Woman that appeared in Tangent Comics was a genetically engineered alien developed to bridge the gaps between two warring alien species: one with brute strength, the other with psionic powers. This Wonder Woman possessed both abilities.
  • Earth-11's version of Wonder Woman was "Wonder Man", who was referred to by Superwoman as "Dane". More violent and aggressive than his feminine counterparts, Wonder Man was expelled from the JLA for his unrepentant stance on executing Maxwell Lord. He went on to lead his brothers, the Amazonians, in an attack on the modern world.
  • On Earth-15, it was shown that Diana had died, and that Donna Troy had replaced her as Wonder Woman. The character debuted in Countdown #30 (2007).
  • In JLA/Avengers, Wonder Woman appeared in the present Justice League during the battle with Terminus in Keystone City and also managed to catch the Ultimate Nullifier before the Avengers arrived and sent them back to their universe. When Diana and Aquaman went to the city of Asgard in the Marvel Universe, she viciously attacked the Avengers' Hercules, believing he raped this universe's Hippolyta as the Heracles of her universe had. She participated in the hunt for the 12 artifacts before Krona attacked both The Grandmaster and Galactus and merged the two universes. While seeing the true realities, Diana witnessed her mother's death, but decided to continue to fight off Krona. Near the end of the battle with Krona's forces, this Wonder Woman, She-Hulk, and another version of Hippolyta as Wonder Woman stayed to defend the path against the villains left behind by the army of heroes.
  • The Justice Riders Elseworlds limited series presented a version of Wonder Woman who was a marshal operating in the Wild West. This alternative Wonder Woman resided on Earth-18.
  • The DC: The New Frontier limited series presented a Wonder Woman who was similar to the 1950s incarnation of the character. This alternative Wonder Woman resided on Earth-21.
  • The Kingdom Come limited series featured an alternative Wonder Woman who was similar to the mainstream version. Having been created immortal by the gods, she retained her youth despite the passage of decades, and may have been romantically involved with a middle-aged Superman. This alternative Wonder Woman resided on Earth-22.
  • "Superman: Red Son" depicted a reality where Superman's spaceship landed in Russia rather than the United States, and Wonder Woman served as ambassador to Superman's Soviet Union. She fell in love with Superman (who remained unaware of her attraction to him), but she eventually became disillusioned when he became a dictator. She eventually raised an army to stop him, but she was defeated. This alternative Wonder Woman resided on Earth-30.
  • The "Batman: The Dark Knight Strikes Again" incarnation of Wonder Woman, a resident of Earth-31 remained an ageless beauty, and with Superman she had an Amazon–Kryptonian hybrid daughter, Lara. Her costume was slightly different, with a skirt and with a nose guard built into her tiara.
    • Miller claimed this is the same character that appears in All Star Batman and Robin #5, wherein she was depicted as much more aggressive and misandristic than every other notable version. She was a founding member of this universe's Justice League, along with Superman, Hal Jordan, and Plastic Man. She had a heated argument with them at one point over how to deal with Batman. The argument ended in a sudden kiss with Superman (even as she insisted that she hated him).
  • The Wonder Woman: Amazonia limited series depicted an alternative version of Diana who was born during the 19th century at a time when Jack the Ripper gained control of the British Empire. She was snatched away from Paradise Island by Captain Steven Trevor and the Royal Marines. She was forced to marry Trevor and became the star of a London theatrical show, reenacting tales of women from the Bible. She eventually showed herself to be a great heroine, freeing oppressed women from all over the Empire and taking on the terrible reign of King Jack. This alternative Wonder Woman resided on Earth-34. This version was later chosen by Monarch in Countdown: Arena (2007) to be a part of his strike team.
  • The Wildstorm Universe of Earth-50 was once home to its own counterparts of the JLA, who appeared in the series Planetary. This Wonder Woman possessed shapeshifting bracelets. In Stormwatch, it was shown that Apollo and Midnighter were once the Superman and Batman near-counterparts on a team which also carried a Wonder Woman counterpart, called "Amaze". She was killed in her first mission.
    • In addition, another alternative Diana appeared as one of the main protagonists in Planetary/JLA: Terra Occulta, which took place in an alternative history, where among other differences, Jakita Wagner destroyed Themyscira and killed all of the Amazons residing there. In the book's finale, Diana avenged her people by defeating Wagner and killing her partner, Elijah Snow.
  • Final Crisis #7 depicted a reality where Wonder Woman was of African descent and was named "Nubia". She was later revealed to be the Wonder Woman of Earth-23 in Action Comics vol. 2 #9.[1]
  • An alternative version Wonder Woman based on the Bizarro character named "Bizarra" was introduced first in DC Comics Presents #71, then later in Action Comics #856 and 857. Bizarra was later shown to be working for the villain Monarch in Lord Havok and the Extremists #3. An earlier animated version of the character was shown on the 1985 television series The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians in the episode "The Bizarro Super Powers Team". In the episode, she was called "Bizzaro Wonder Woman" and was voiced by B.J. Ward.
  • The DC One Million Wonder Woman was a marble statue granted life by the Goddess of Truth. She had similar powers to the original and also carried two shape-changing weapons similar in nature to Diana's invisible jet. They typically acted as her sentient bracelets and were named Charity and Harmony. She operated from Venus.
  • In the alternative timeline shown in the Flashpoint miniseries, Wonder Woman wages a war against Aquaman and the Atlanteans.[2] As a young girl, Diana met and befriended a young Arthur Curry. When they reach adulthood, they agree to a Marriage of convenience, wherein they will reveal their societies to the world at large together. On the day of their wedding, Hippolyta was killed by a spear thrown by an Atlantean. Unbeknownst to the bride or groom, Hippolyta's death was part of a scheme concocted by Ocean Master, Artemis and Wonder Woman's aunt, Penthesileia, to prevent the union of Aquaman and Wonder Woman (Diana was the intended target, but Hippolyta got in the way). In retaliation, Wonder Woman declares war on Atlantis.[3] Aquaman and the Atlanteans then visit Themyscira to negotiate for peace, but Artemis has bombs dropped on Themyscira, with Wonder Woman angrily believing the Atlanteans were behind it. Wonder Woman's only option is to destroy Themyscira and then escape on the Amazon's invisible planes. She then leads the Amazons in conquering the United Kingdom, renaming it New Themyscira.[4] Wonder Woman later catches Steve Trevor with her Lasso of Truth and begins interrogating him after he is temporarily able to resist the lasso's effects. Steve explains that he was hired to extract Lois Lane from New Themyscira because she was sent to gather information on the Amazons for Cyborg. Wonder Woman states that their counterspy was telling something similar to Cyborg's amassing of superhumans to stop the fighting between her and Aquaman. Her subjects ask her what to do with Steve.[5] Later, Wonder Woman attacks the Resistance member Penny Black, but Penny shows her that people were imprisoned of internment by her aunt Penthesileia. Wonder Woman is furious and frees the people from internment, which she believes that they are not accepted for prison.[6] During this same period, the Amazonian Furies attack the reinforcements of a group of Atlanteans sent to kill Terra, who was being used to keep New Themyscira in the air; Wonder Woman personally joins the battle, confronting the leader, Aquaman.[7] During their struggle, she tells Aquaman that they have both been deceived, when she discovers that her aunt Penthesileia kissing Ocean Master are both responsible for the war between the Atlanteans and the Amazons, that was a ruse planned by them.[8] While the Atlanteans are going to surface, but their attack having been backfired by Ocean Master, Aquaman believes Wonder Woman has set a trap. Wonder Woman escapes from Aquaman, who refuses her word. Wonder Woman then contacts the Amazons to defend their home.[9] The battlefield of Wonder Woman and Aquaman are them fighting; however, they are both approached by the Flash and the heroes that are here to stop the war.[10] Wonder Woman is struggled by Kal-El, who intends to attack her at the last battle.[11]
  • The Wonder Woman of Wednesday Comics is "the last of the Amazons" and unfamiliar with the world beyond Paradise Island, until she travels there in her dreams. She differs in many details from the mainstream Wonder Woman, and her adventures draw inspiration from Little Nemo in Slumberland.
  • The 1980s series Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew presented the parallel Earth of "Earth-C-Minus," a world populated by funny animal superheroes that paralleled the mainstream DC Universe. Earth-C-Minus was the home of Wonder Wabbit, a rabbit "Animalzon princess" from "Parrot-Eyes Island," who served with her world's superhero team, the Just'a Lotta Animals.[12]
  • The Wonder Woman of the Ame-Comi universe is a younger version of Diana. Initially sheltered by her mother, Princess Diana becomes Wonder Woman for the first time after knocking out her bodyguard, Areto, and stealing her armor in order to propel an invasion from Kasnia.[13]

Other Elseworlds and alternative timelines[edit]

See also: Elseworlds
  • Superman/Wonder Woman: Whom Gods Destroy: Set in a Nazi-controlled future.
  • Wonder Woman: The Blue Amazon was the third volume of the Elseworlds trilogy Superman's Metropolis and featured a Diana Prince based on the film Der blaue Engel.
  • In the Elseworlds story "Superman: Distant Fires", Wonder Woman found a powerless Superman following a nuclear holocaust and brought him to a village inhabited by surviving metahumans. There Billy Batson and Superman vied for her affections. Superman won, and they had a child named Bruce in honor of the late Batman. This led Batson to kill Wonder Woman.
  • In the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant story "Rockumentary", one of Lex Luthor's musicians was a pop diva named Diana. This version of Wonder Woman was a cross between herself and Madonna.
  • In Just Imagine, Marvel Comics' Stan Lee and artist Jim Lee reimagined Wonder Woman as Peruvian María Mendoza, reborn as a warrior who wielded a staff forged by Incan gods. Maria is an activist, protesting against the corporate excavation of an ancient holy site near her village. The CEO has a plan: gain power from the site and take over the world. When Maria sneaks onto the site, she finds a large plaque, and agrees to decode it. When she does, two spirits (one of light and one of darkness) come out of the plaque. The light-spirit bonds to Maria, giving her solar-powered abilities. The darkness-spirit bonds to the CEO, turning him into a monster. He vows to destroy the village to retrieve both spirits, then leaves. To save her family, Maria flies to Los Angeles and disguises herself as a normal woman.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Action Comics #9
  2. ^ Flashpoint #1 (May 2011)
  3. ^ Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #1 (June 2011)
  4. ^ Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #2 (July 2011)
  5. ^ Flashpoint #2 (June 2011)
  6. ^ Flashpoint: Lois Lane and the Resistance #3 (August 2011)
  7. ^ Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #2 (July 2011)
  8. ^ Flashpoint: Wonder Woman and the Furies #3 (August 2011)
  9. ^ Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3 (August 2011)
  10. ^ Flashpoint #4 (August 2011)
  11. ^ Flashpoint #5 (August 2011)
  12. ^ Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew #14-15, April–May 1983
  13. ^ Ame-Comi Wonder Woman #1

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