Wonder Woman will likely be this Halloween’s most popular costume. It currently sits at the top of Google Trends’ Frightgeist costume tracker and there’s little reason to think she’ll be dethroned by Harley Quinn before Monday.
The popularity makes sense. The movie, which made more than $800 million in worldwide box office sales, is one of this year’s breakaway hits, and it’s inspired a whole new generation of young boys and girls excited to have a female superhero to emulate. Not only that, but Wonder Woman also stars in the upcoming Justice League movie and remains very much in the public conscious.
All of that’s to say, get ready to see a lot of kids dressed up like her on Halloween. But what if you didn’t catch the movie and know little about Wonder Woman other than that she’s a badass with a lasso that makes people tell the truth? Not to worry. We’ve put together this short guide on the Amazon Princess so that you don’t have to spend all of Hallows Eve engaged in awkward banter with every 8-year-old Wonder Woman who knocks on the door.
- Wonder Woman was created by psychologist William Moulton Marston and first appeared in All Star Comics #8 in 1941. Originally a demigod based on Greek mythology from the Amazon, her full name for formal occasions and government documents is Princess Diana of Themyscira, Daughter of Hippolyta.
- She has both super speed and strength (originally matching Superman), can fly, and, at least in the new movie, possesses some new weird energy powers. She also would have won gold in the Olympic high jump.
- In addition to a sword, her signature weapons include her bulletproof bracelets, Lasso of Truth, and a tiara she hurls like a boomerang.
- For three seasons in the late 1970s, Wonder Woman was played on television by Lynda Carter, who was a former Miss USA from Arizona.
- Gal Gadot, an Israeli-born actress and former supermodel, is cast as Princess Diana in the current blockbuster and received rave reviews for her performance. That said, most of the kids dressing up as Wonder Woman won’t have actually seen the movie ⏤ it was PG-13 and Common Sense media gave it a 12+ rating
So when a troop of tiny Wonder Women come knocking at your door asking for candy, don’t hesitate to stick to the basics (“Hey! Cool Lasso!”) If things still somehow get weird, just ask if they can do the spin.