As the time draws nearer to the premiere of Wonder Woman, I'm getting increasingly excited for the film. I mean, what could be better than watching a female superhero lead her own movie (which is also directed by a woman, one Patty Jenkins) and look absolutely badass doing it? If you are as hyped as I am, then you may have gobbled up the Wonder Woman trailers with the fervor of a thousand Themysciran princesses. Even after multiple viewings, though, you'd be forgiven if you're still unsure exactly what Wonder Woman's powers are and how she acquired them.
According to the DC Comics wiki for Wonder Woman, the hero's powers and abilities include: superhuman strength and durability (both assets during big battles); the power of flight (she can glide through the air on currents in the wind); superhuman speed, reflexes, and agility; finally, enhanced senses, including smell, vision, and hearing. Many of Wonder Woman's special powers are rooted in her divine origins. As a woman created by Zeus, she is imbued with the superhuman qualities often associated with Greek gods, and these powers are all seen at points throughout the new movie.
The DC Comics wiki also includes mentions of Wonder Woman's other interesting superpowers, like increased empathy which was bestowed on her by the Greek goddess Artemis. This allows Diana to have a deep emotional understanding of all creatures and people, going so far as to detect them in an ostensibly physical manner. In the film, this is a major asset in helping her her WWI nemeses.
Screen Rant also wrote about some interesting abilities you may not know Wonder Woman has. These include omnilingualism (she can speak the language of any person she encounters), super healing, telepathy, animal empathy, and super breath (basically, she can breathe as forcefully as a gust of wind). OK, I think it's safe to say Wonder Woman is the coolest superhero on the planet.
There may be no invisible jet (you can bet your boots there's a golden lasso of truth, though, as well as those iconic bulletproof bracelets), but that doesn't mean Wonder Woman is a slouch of a superhero. If anything, her superpowers indicate she is an incredibly strong and capable heroine who is every bit as powerful as her male counterparts.
This post was originally published on May 24, 2017. It was updated on Aug. 22, 2019.