@sog7dc: WW's legacy is still intact. Some people come in here to drag her. Say nasty things about her. Say who cares about her(obviously they care)sweet irony LOL. And at the end of the day Wonder Woman is still the female hero that influenced the creation of ountless female heros worldwide. And the detractors that come here. Deep inside they are like "Sh### why can't my fav become that iconic?". You should see a storm fanboy on youtube. That poor guy lives in 1995 when storm won a contest in the US thanks to the popularity from a TV 20 years ago like if that somehow means that storm is the biggest female hero of all time. And he says things like Xena and Sailor Moon are better than WW. LOL. WW influenced the creation of those characters. How can they beat the mold,the standard that was used to give them form?. Some people really try too hard.
That's like saying Papyrus is better than the paper we have today because Papyrus inspired what we have right now. Michael Jordan was inspired by previous athletes like Bill Russel, but he is obviously the greatest of all time. Older doesn't mean better.
@cheesesticks: she's popular and iconic because she's interesting and unique. Is being a woman part of it--sure, but it isn't the only reason. If she was male she'd still hold the same amount of renown, and possibly even more, as Thor. We totally disagree and I don't see any point in continuing this.
If WW popularity is mainly explained because of her sexe, how can you say that her being a male would imply that she/he would have the same influence? How can a male superhero with WW caracteristic, but not a feminism, be as popular as the current WW who's mainly known for being a feminist female? It's note logical at all.
That's totally false. Again, you take a reductionist approach focusing on one part of what makes her great. You're actingas if her determining factor is her being a woman. Which, I think, is silly. Yes, because royalty from a previously unknown island of superpowered magical people with a connection to the Greek Pantheon can only be popular is that person is a woman..... Aquaman never showed to have the leadership nor the diplomatic skills she had in dealing with governments. In fact, through much of his JLA life Arthur was in the first place a hot head and in the second place an ousted king who was imprisoned by his own people. Diana represents Themascyra to the male world. She even had her HQ in DC. More than this Diana was the actual spirit of truth, she brokered relations between alien planets in Rules of Engagement. Arthur was imprisoned at this point.
I'm not saying she's only a women. I know she's a great character and all. My point is: She is popular and iconic because she is a women. It's the one and only reason. If she was a male, she wouldn't be used as often for a culture icon than she is right now. Her main trait is that she's a women. It's simple. I'm not saying she's only a women, i'm stating that she known worldwide because she's a feminism and a women. If you remove that, i'm sure she wouldn't even be in the top 5 of DC superheros.
@cheesesticks: She's not iconic merely because she's a woman but because she was one of the first female superheroes, the first one that explicitly endorsed feminism and that withstood the test of time. Covering the inaugural instalment of the CIA-funded Ms. magazine in the early 70's breathed new life into the character and consolidated her position as a feminist icon. Superman's iconic just because he's one of the first, most popular and well-known characters in the world. I fail to see how Superman's iconic status is more legitimate than hers...
So she's not iconic because she's a women, but because she's the first women? Ugh, doesn't that mean the same thing? She's just the first, but the reason is still because she's a women.
WW has nothing in common with Superman. Asdide from some powers what d they have in common?. She is tnhe original magca girl warrior that influenced the creation of characters such as Xena and Sailor Moon. WW is a warrior from a magical and mythical society. She is also willing to kill if she has no other choise. She is a character with her own identity.
So she's different because she inspired other character? Well, Superman did inspire many other character as well. The only difference between both characters is that she's from elsewhere and she kills. Big deal.