Though the relatively young DC Extended Universe may not be able to hold a candle to Marvel’s cinematic output in terms of character density, that gap is quickly closing. While a complete catalogue of both comic publishers’ character roster would be a daunting affair, DC has more than enough heroes and villains that it can pull from over the coming years. In fact, many of them are likely to make the jump to the big screen, as DC and Warner Bros. are proposing over a dozen new projects in the next few years.
Justice League alone will help to greatly expand the DCEU’s pantheon later this year, but Wonder Woman has managed to do quite a bit of heavy lifting already. Like Thor’s stable of characters in Marvel Comics, Wonder Woman’s fantastical setting allows the series to mix real-world mythology with comic book lore to create its own unique milieu of characters. And even before the massive success of the first film ensured a sequel, Wonder Woman has already brought quite a few comic characters to the big screen. Of course, they didn’t make the journey without some changes, so here’s how the various characters from Wonder Woman compare to the comics.
With over 75 years of history in the comics, it’s almost impossible to say Wonder Woman has one definitive backstory. Not only are comics constantly retconning the history of various characters, but DC’s reboot-happy approach to publishing means nothing lasts forever. Still, a number of throughlines have remained over the years, many of which are on display in Wonder Woman.
Created by William Moulton Marston and Harry G. Peter, Wonder Woman first appeared in 1941’s All Star Comics #8. An Amazon warrior from Paradise Island, Wonder Woman would eventually journey into the world of man to fight the Nazis in World War II. Shortly thereafter, she’d join up with the Justice Society of America, though sadly only as the team’s secretary. Soon, she’d take a proper role on the team, proving to be one of the strongest and most popular characters on DC’s growing roster. She’s also often been associated with various feminist movements in the comics and real life, including the suffragette cause to allow women the right to vote.
DC’s various reboots have changed Princess Diana’s history a number of times, with the biggest change being her home island renamed as Themyscira. Her mother Hippolyta, her war with Ares, and her relationship with Steve Trevor have all remained fairly consistent. And while Wonder Woman moved Diana’s first adventure in Man’s World to World War I to avoid comparisons to Captain America: The First Avenger, the story serves effectively the same purpose.
Though Steve Trevor has been around just as long as Wonder Woman, his more straightforward nature and lesser impact means he hasn’t undergone as many changes. Appearing in the same issue Wonder Woman debuted in, Trevor is a pilot in World War II working for the OSS who crash lands on Paradise Island. Not only is he the first man Diana ever meets, but he’s the first one to ever step foot in the Amazonian homeland.
He’d soon join forces with Diana as she fought injustice, serving as an inversion of the typical damsel in distress. Through the years, he and Diana have had an on-again, off-again relationship, but they often come back together. Aside from the change of war, the Trevor see meet in Wonder Woman is nearly identical to the one that’s existed in the comics for decades.