Among comic book fans, the conversation of who is the toughest and biggest bad@$$ always comes up at some point. Considering there are a lot of options to choose from, the debate can get very heated and intense. Batman wins because he has the ultimate plans. Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. If Superman wanted to, he could beat everyone. While these are all great choices and arguments that are difficult to disagree with, Wonder Woman might be the real answer to this dispute. If you need proof, then look no further than Injustice: Gods Among Us. Throughout the series, she proves her strength and skill — and above all, her iron-clad will.
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When Injustice first started, Wonder Woman stood firmly by Superman's side and never looked back. Not because she feared him, but because she respected and believed in him. That loyalty was put to the test when Batman pitted them against Martian Manhunter. J'onn used his powers to get inside Wonder Woman's body and destroy her from within. Wonder Woman knew that J'onn needed to be stopped and so made a decision. J'onn is vulnerable to fire and she told Superman to use his heat vision on her to burn him out. Superman reluctantly did so, and Wonder Woman was taken out.
If Wonder Woman was so weakened, how does this make her such a tough character? Toughness isn't just about taking punishment. Some of the toughest people to ever live were mentally strong and willing to die for a cause they believed in. Wonder Woman was willing to make that sacrifice. It's things like this that make real heroes.
Who can stop a Superman who is let off his leash? He is absurdly strong, nearly invulnerable, flies at supersonic speeds, has heat vision and all sorts of other superpowers. He is called "overpowered" for a reason. Despite all of his attributes, when he went toe to toe with Wonder Woman, it wasn't the Man of Steel who came out on top. Her years of training with elite Amazonian warriors pushed her superpowers to the peak. Superman might be invulnerable on the outside, but his bones break just the same. When Wonder Woman broke his arm, it was downhill from there. No matter what Superman did, Wonder Woman had a counterattack. Batman tried to train Superman to not rely on his powers. Batman told him that if Diana wanted to kill him, that he would be dead. Superman should have listened.
Diana might preach peace, but she is darn good at making war. People seem to forget that she is the daughter of Zeus and with that comes a certain level of strength and power. On top of that power, she was raised to be an unstoppable Amazonian warrior. There are very few people that can match her in skill and strength. Combine the two, and how do you compete with that? Answer: You kind of can't.
I will be the first to admit that I didn't know a ton about Wonder Woman, other than the basics. But after reading Injustice, I looked at Wonder Woman and wondered (pun intended) why it took me so long to realize how amazing she truly is. It finally made sense why people of all ages and races look at her as a symbol of strength and power. She was a woman who remained popular during a time when comic books were a tad sexist and heavy on the male leads, and decades later is still one of the best and most recognized superheroes of all time.
I'm super excited for the coming Wonder Woman movie, but in the meantime check out the awesomeness that is Diana Prince holding her own in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.