36 years ago - Doris Zeul is born
18 years ago - 18-year-old Doris goes to college.
14 years ago - 22-year-old Doris graduates and begins grad school.
13 years ago - 23-year-old Doris is diagnosed with a rare fatal blood disorder. She begins siphoning spinal fluid from victims to extend her own life.
11 years ago - 25-year-old Doris tries to harvest spinal fluid from Diana, and becomes magically empowered.
8 years ago - 28-year-old Doris's powers are stabilized by Gorilla Grodd, who grants her the ability to increase her size exponentially.
6 years ago - 30-year-old Doris turns on Grodd and begins going after Diana with her new powers. She is eventually imprisoned.
5 years ago - 31-year-old Doris helps Diana battle Gorilla Grodd's forces. She is granted a pardon and permitted to return to her doctoral research.
2 years ago - 34-year-old Doris earns her doctorate.
Giganta is a long-standing Wonder Woman villain, as well as one of the original Legion of Doom mainstays. Like a lot of Wonder Woman villains she's been vastly reinterpreted over the years, generally as an evolved ape or a human scientist. She's also had her actual role in the story re-imaged more than once. She's been depicted as a brutish thug, but she's just as often been a morally corrupt scientist, or even just a woman trying to turn another leaf. One of the difficult parts of writing her story is to narrow down a single version of just who she is.
First, we assembled a version of her backstory that we believe ties together the various versions of her story into a singular format that correctly represents her. Yes, she's a scientist, but her initial empowerment comes specifically from a combination of her own science and the magic that empowers wonder woman. Her actual growth powers are due to her association with Gorilla Grodd. This brings in the gorilla-themed ideas of her story without explicitly making her an ACTUAL gorilla.
Then it's a question of what we actually want her to DO. She was a part of our modern Suicide Squad at first, but as we worked out the timeline of our Legion of Doom it became obvious that she can't do both, and she is 100% a mainstay figure in the Legion, so that was required. Interestingly, her past relationship with Grodd suggests that her actual role within the Legion of Doom might be a little strained, but that actually injects the whole story with some drama. We've even included a brief period of time after she goes out on her own when she winds up working with Wonder Woman; Gail Simone's depiction of Doris during the brief period when she seemed to be cleaning up her act was cool, and we'd like to infuse elements of that into our take on the character. so you're left with a woman with huge powers that has almost always walked her own path for good or bad, and who is CURRENTLY working with the largest group of bad guys in history. Whether or not she stays there remains to be seen.