With a name like Wonder Woman, it's no surprise that the DCEU's long awaited heroine is an absolute badass with goddess-like powers. An Amazon brought to life by Zeus, as she tells a dumbfounded Steve Trevor in the trailer for the upcoming Wonder Woman movie, Diana was granted exceptional abilities that range from telepathy to teleportation — depending on the comic books you look at.
But although we raved about her fighting skills when she was introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we haven't talked so much about her equipment and the powers that they confer her. While we still have to see for ourselves if her weapons will have the same characteristics they hold in the comics, we can assume they work in a similar way. Take a look below at the main ones, and get ready to see them in action again next year!
The Lasso Of Truth
Indubitably Wonder Woman's coolest weapon, the Lasso of Truth was originally named the Magic Lasso of Aphrodite. As if being backed by Zeus and Aphrodite wasn't enough for Diana, the Lasso relies on plenty of the Olympia's very best: While the god of fire and blacksmiths, Hephaestus, created it from the Earth goddess Gaea's sacred belt, it draws power from Hestia, goddess of the hearth. The girdle itself has a bit of a history, as it was gifted to Antiope who later gave it to Hippolyta, so that's why the lasso is incredibly powerful. Not only is it unbreakable, but it can force anyone trapped within the rope to tell the truth.
The only time it broke was when Diana herself didn't believe the truth it revealed, which triggered a whole series of crazy events where the concept of truth itself fell apart and the entire world started depending on what people believed. However, this was only one of many storylines and wasn't established as the defining one for the Lasso, and later issues have established that Diana herself held the power of truth.
Interestingly, there's other lassos in use in the DC universe, such as the lightning-yielding one owned by Wonder Girl, the Lasso of Persuasion used by Donna Troy, and the opposite of the Lasso of Truth that belongs to Bizarra, which she can use to force people to lie.
The Bracelets Of Submission
There are a bunch of metaphors you can fit into the Bracelets of Submission, because that's what happens when you have a character created by a psychologist. You might have noticed that all Amazons wear the Bracelets, and that they never ever take them off.
They started out as a symbol of the Amazons' submission to the goddess Aphrodite, and also acted as a reminder of the time the community had been cheated by Hercules. But their meaning extends further than submission: They're like a symbol of keeping one's ego in check, which is why they particularly fit Wonder Woman's good-hearted nature.
Diana owns a unique version of the bracelets that she was gifted when she became Wonder Woman, which were made from the Aegis. To put it shortly, the hide of the goat that fed baby Zeus — who created Diana, if you're following — was turned into a shield, which was then owned by Athena, and that shield was used to forge the Bracelets. The power of the Aegis is one of the explanations for the force wave that Diana generates with the cuffs; a wave that acts both as an attack and a protection and that we already saw in Batman v Superman. But Hephasteus also messed with them, adding a neat little feature that would let Diana generate swords from them.
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For a while, the power of the Bracelets could be defeated if they were chained together by a man. If broken, they would generate a sudden increase in the Amazon's power that would come at the price of her sanity.
The tiara is first and foremost a royal symbol, with the star in the middle indicating Diana's status as a princess of Themyscira. Of course, none of the items in Diana's equipment would be only decorative, so she's also used it as a boomerang.
It helps with her telepathic powers as well, allowing her to contact Amazons and protecting her from telepathic attacks, although you could argue that it's not nearly as cool as her Mental Radio.
We get a good look at Wonder Woman's shield in her solo trailer, and at the fact that it looks radically different from the one she uses in Batman v Superman and the recent Justice League trailer. The first one seems to be a traditional piece of Amazonian weaponry, while the second one gets all fiery and shiny and is strong enough to fight off Doomsday's beam. It's possible we'll get to see how Diana acquires a new shield in her solo outing, or she could just have gotten it from Paradise Island in between two trips on Earth.
The Ancient Greek writing along the rim of the second one is reportedly a quote from Joseph Campbell's collection of mythology lectures Goddesses: Mysteries of the Feminine Divine: "Life is killing life all the time and so the goddess kills herself in the sacrifice of her own animal."
The Sword of Athena
The sword goes hand in hand with the shield, has similar magical properties and is even engraved with the same quote. It's powerful enough to injure Superman, but Diana surely has other victims in mind (hint: her longtime enemy Ares, the god of War).
Along with the shield and the sword, the armor is a typical Amazonian artifact and was given to Diana by her mother Hippolyta. One of the abilities that Diana doesn't have is a resistance to bullets or blades, so a protective armor is essential to her equipment. We've also seen that her shoes had wedges in the Wonder Woman trailer, but that's part of her aesthetic and not really a useful feature.
Is That All?
You might have been this far in the article in hopes of seeing the Invisible Jet, which Wonder Woman has used time and again in the comics to compensate for the times she wasn't fully capable of teleporting — but we'll probably have to wait a while to see Diana Prince on her plane in the DCEU.
DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson even confirmed that Harry Potter's cape wasn't about to get a competitor on the big screen:
"There is no invisible jet. Not in this iteration."
Disappointed? Let the Comic-Con trailer for Wonder Woman lift your spirits again.
Wonder Woman is set for release June 2, 2017.
If you could pick one of Wonder Woman's weapons, which one would it be?