26 years ago - 6-year-old Diana, lonely on an island of adult women, is granted an enchanted mirror that creates a playmate from her own reflection who is named Donna.
22 years ago - 10-year-old Diana tried to close Doom's Doorway when the adult Amazons try to fight off the escaping creatures. Sensing her strife, Her mirror-sister Donna sacrifices her immortality to assist her. Donna is welcomed by the Amazons and acknowledged as Hippolyta's daughter and Diana's little sister.
12 years ago - 20-year-old Diana wins Hippolyta's tournament in disguise, winning the right to leave Themyscera and act as the Amazon's champion to stop the impending war between Circe and Ares, taking her mother's mantle as Wonder Woman. She chooses to stay in Man's World, becoming roommates with 20-year-old Etta Candy at Gateway University, and soon joins the Justice League.
11 years ago - 21-year-old Diana is captured by Doris Zeul who tries to siphon her spinal fluid, leaving her magically empowered. Donna Troy comes to visit her and chooses to become a student at Gateway University.
10 years ago - 22-year-old Diana leads Etta Candy, The Flash & Green Lantern into Themyscera to stop Felix Faust from siphoning the magic from the island She is victorious, but is banished from the island for bringing men to it's shores. She also graduates from Gateway University.
9 years ago - 23-year-old Diana establishes her own Amazonian embassy after the collapse of the Justice League with financial help from 23-year-old Etta Candy.
6 years ago - 26-year-old Diana casts aside her powers and, with the help of Donna Troy, undertakes the labors of the gods so that she can overcome the barriers of Themyscera and save it from Amazons corrupted by Ares. She is continually attacked by a newly empowered Doris Zeul.
5 years ago - 27-year-old Diana participates in a new tournament to select the amazonian champion, losing the title to Artemis. She chooses to return to exile. When Artemis is taken by Ares She battles him directly, sacrificing her life. Hippolyta sacrifices her life to free her from the underworld, and she usurps the mantle of the Goddess of Love to battle Ares, finally casting him from the material plane. She is called to Themyscera to serve as queen but instead chooses to elevate Antiope, her mother's sister from the lost Amazon tribe. Grodd attacks the Themysceran embassy & Doris Zeul helps repel his forces, earning a pardon.
4 years ago - 28-year-old Diana begins working with Dr Helena Sandsmark on a book about Amazonian history. Her daughter Cassie Sandsmark steals Amazonian artifacts to become Wonder Girl. When she returns them she manages to gain an audience with Zeus & impresses him, gaining her powers. Diana and Artemis agree to help train her on Themyscera.
3 years ago - 29-year-old Diana is among the Justice League reservists that form the Watchtower after the White Martians decimate the League.
now - 32-year-old Diana and the rest of the Watchtower head into space to save Superman from Warworld.
There is a LOT to unpack with Wonder Woman, and most of that is because she is the lone female character of her stature in all of comics. That's not necessarily a condemnation of comics in general, mind you, because there are very few characters of her stature, period. Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman hold incredibly prestigious positions in the history of comics, and it is incredibly important how we handle both the character, and the character's legacy.
Interestingly, perhaps the most difficult part of understanding Wonder Woman is understanding where she comes from. Her original concept, the amazonian outsider to man's world dressed in a skimpy bathing suit who loses her powers when a man ties her up, all strikes you as overtly sexual and misogynist at first glance until you start to understand some of the influences that WIlliam Moulton Marston brought to his creation. He was deliberately looking to create a character that used love instead of violence to fight her enemies, and was inspired by his wife Elizabeth to make that character a woman. He wanted her to be a modern, unconventional, liberated woman like his wife, but also modeled her after Olive Byrne, who was in a polyamorous relationship with the Marstons.
This means that to understand Wonder Woman, we have to understand some rather challenging ideas about what Marston believed about women. Perhaps the main clue is that his main visual inspiration for Wonder Woman was the pin-up art Alberto Vargas. The fameous "Vargas Girls" were featured in Esquire magazine and on countless American and Allied World War II-era aircraft. While undeniably sexual, the Vargas girls are all clearly also confidant, and in complete control of their sexuality. Remembering that Marston also considered both his wife and his lover to be modern, empowered, liberated women suggests that he considered that a woman's sexuality was in fact a source of empowerment. Even the idea of her specific weakness; the fact that her powers are lost when she is tied by a man, changes in tone when you realize that she has to overcome her bonds, break free, and reclaim her own power.
My reason for digging so far into this is because there is a constant conflict in Wonder Woman's concept between her status as a heroic role model and the depiction of her sexuality. Very few creators, with the obvious exception of George Perez, seem to be able let those two ideas co-exist, to understand that Wonder Woman can be a sexually empowered character without being shown as a sexual object.
Which, of course, leads directly to a conversation about her costume. There is a huge division in opinions as to what is an appropriate costume for the character. Her costume is undeniably a bathing suit, and that will never not be just a little bit ridiculous. At the same time, it's an unbelievably iconic bathing suit.
Just removing the red shorts from Superman's iconic costume makes it look completely incorrect, so clearly there is something to be said for not veering too far from the original concept. It's important to really nail down exactly what is important to maintain, and what changes need to be made. Obviously, there's a million different ways to approach this.
While there seems to be a constant desire to change her costume to include pants, like in Jim Lee's early jacketed redesign of the character, It simply never seems to work very well. Wonder Woman's legs are bare, and that just seems to be a part of the concept. The most successful costume redesigns seem to feature some sort of skirt-like armor, like in this phenomenal concept by deviant artist Artnerdem. In fact, it seems that the more the costume is restructured to look like Grecian armor, the more successful it looks, like this great redesign by deviant artist Olivernome, who also does a superb job of addressing the fact that having a strapless, plunging neckline isn't the best choice when fighting crime.
Ultimately, her costume is iconic, and any change is going to feel like something alien to the character. The best you can do is try to address the individual concerns on as small a scale as possible while still maintaining the original look of the character.
Frankly, I'm of a mind that it's a little bit ridiculous that we have such an issue with her costume. While usually, a fictional character is at the whim of the creators in how she's depicted and how much she's sexualized, Wonder Woman is one of the few characters that has surpassed her creators and now lives within out collective consciousness. We know how SHE feels about what she's wearing, and I honestly don't think she cares what we think of it.
We deliberately made her younger than many of her contemporaries in the satellite-era Justice League, making sure that she a depicted as a newcomer to the outside world. We've made a few minor alterations to the major events in her story, structuring them just a bit differently to allow her to really shine as a central character within the DC universe, and to let her cast of supporting characters develop and grow alongside her. We've deliberately mined a lot of George Perez's run on the character for this, as he was one of very few creators to really treat her like the tent pole character that she is.
If Wonder Woman is anything, she's feminism personified, and perhaps that's why people have such a hard time agreeing on just what she means. Even today, people have a hard time accepting a female character that can do, and be, absolutely anything she wants. It's not a contradiction for her to be strong, compassionate, fierce and beautiful all at once. The idea of Wonder Woman is a direct, bold-faced challenge to the patriarchy, and she'll always be there, showing us just how awesome women can be.