With her first appearance dating back to December 1941, Wonder Woman is now celebrating her 75th birthday this year with scene-stealing cameos, an iconic new comic series, and a bunch of exclusive merchandise.
Wonder Woman/Diana Prince was first created by William Moulton Marston and debuted in All Star Comics #8. And now, in 2016, Wonder Woman’s presence is more powerful than ever with critics clamoring over her appearance in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
To honor all of the character's iterations, DC Entertainment has been planning to hold an all-out birthday celebration. Looking to reiterate Wonder Woman’s importance, the company is rolling out tons of media which will all feature the demigoddess.
In an interview with PEOPLE, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson said, “there’s no better time than now,” when it comes to featuring Wonder Woman in full-force. “The overall conversation that's happening in our culture right now – about having stronger gender equality representation in media and in government and in education and all of it just makes it the perfect time to see a character like Wonder Woman out there.”
While Wonder Woman has been depicted before by actresses such as Lynda Carter, fans are now excited for the upcoming Wonder Woman film starring Gal Gadot. The film, which is currently shooting in Europe, will star Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, and Robin Wright.
And, in the comics' world, Wonder Woman has been gifted her own tie-in series to DC Comics’ on-going Rebirth storyline. With its first issue released June 8th, Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1 teases the hero’s storyline in its synopsis by writing, ”After suffering an unimaginable loss, Wonder Woman must rebuild her mission as Earth’s ultimate protector and champion.”
For collectors, Wonder Woman will also receive treatment from Mattel as a special-edition Barbie of the hero will be released exclusively at SDCC in July. Or, should you prefer to wear fandom goodies, DC has partnered with brands like Valentino and Converse to create casual cosplay wear that can be rocked at work by day and impress at conventions by night.
Even after 75 years, Wonder Woman is now busier than ever as the character thrives as a pop culture icon. So, here’s to fans hoping then that Wonder Woman keeps on saving the world for even more decades to come.