Having finally seen the ‘Wonder Woman’ film, I found it interesting how they handled the matter of Wonder Woman’s origins.  Since the New 52 revamp in 2011, she has been a demigod like the historical Hercules rather than an animated creature of magic and clay and stuff, but the movie put a little bit of a twist on it all again.  For my part, modernized origins don’t bother me as much as some comic-to-movie viewers (most of the changes for Marvel Cinematic flicks have made sense in presenting the material to modern film audiences, although ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2’ threw some wrenches in that) but I was a bit troubled by the alterations to Dr. Marston’s 1941 origins, leading to today’s non-canonical query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) doesn’t mind the “made out of clay” origin, but does get tired of people comparing her to a golem, asking: Do you prefer Wonder Womans’ origins as a mystical creation or as daughter of the gods?

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  1. I don’t have a preference, because I treat her like Greek myths in general. She could be clay, real daughter or anything in between, its not important. It could also change over time and depending on who’s telling the story, like myths do in real world.

  2. I don’t really have a preference since every origin I liked has been well presented in a compelling story (including some Elseworlds and other alternate versions very different from those two). As long as it all makes some kind of sense and isn’t trying to remake the origin for no other reason than to remake the origin, then I don’t really care which one it is.

  3. I don’t have a problem with the film version NOT having her made out of clay. What I do have a problem with is the fact that Zeus, rather than any of the Goddesses, created the Amazons and Diana. That seems to fly in the face of the very feminist foundation of the character — Zeus, a mythical figure so patriarchal and lecherous that even Donald Trump looks pale in comparison, creates the race of warrior women? In Marston’s original comic book run, Diana clearly worshiped Venus/Aphrodite and was shown praying to her and seeking her wisdom. Given that we don’t even see any other gods beside Ares, why did they bother changing that?

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