- Wonder Woman’s origin in the mainline DC Comics grants her the ability to speak to animals, a power that hasn’t been showcased in the DCEU possibly due to overlap with Aquaman’s ability to communicate with sea creatures.
- Wonder Woman has the blessing of invulnerability to fire, a defense granted by the goddess Hestia. This power hasn’t appeared in the DCEU, possibly to keep Wonder Woman more mortal.
- Despite her numerous methods of transportation, Wonder Woman has the ability to teleport in the comics. This power hasn’t been shown in recent film appearances, likely due to the difficulty of creating high-stakes stories with the ability to appear anywhere.
As one of the “Big Three” members of the Justice League, Wonder Woman has displayed a plethora of powers in the DCEU, but her movie appearances have only scratched the surface of her well of abilities from the comics. As a storied character with a long history, Wonder Woman has had many strange powers over the years. Between the multiple iterations of the main timeline of the DC Comics, her origin has consistently changed the most out of the staple Justice League founders. As such, her powers are surprisingly varied.
Throughout Wonder Woman’s appearances in the DCEU, directors have shown off the character’s surprising amount of versatility. Appearing in 2017’s Justice League, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods as well as her own two films, Wonder Woman and Wonder Woman 1984, Diana Prince is separated from Superman nicely by having a wider range of abilities beyond just flight and super strength. Still, not every power she’s exhibited from the comics made the transition to the big screen, and with the DCEU wrapping up, it’s more pertinent than ever to take a look through her wider catalog of powers to see what could be in store for James Gunn’s new version of Wonder Woman.
10 Talking To Animals
9 Invulnerability To Fire
7 Astral Projection
6 Forcing Changes Of Heart
The Lasso of Truth is one of Wonder Woman’s most well-known powers, being able to interrogate any man (or simply any person, depending on the version) without fear of deception. The lasso, like Wonder Woman, has also had a great deal of lesser-known powers, including the ability to incite changes of heart. This means that defeated foes could, after being wrapped up in the magical rope, be forced to change their ways for the better, warding off evil actions of villains for a long time to come.
Beyond simply not being very cinematic, this power is clearly an odd choice for a modern film series to implement. Forcing a change of heart via magical means is not a satisfying conclusion to any villains’ arc, especially the intimidating roster Wonder Woman has faced in the DCEU like Doomsday and Ares. Not only that, the ethical questions behind forcibly altering someone’s behavior could even make the power controversial to include, making it unlikely to see use in any future iteration of DC’s connected films.
5 The Powers Of Ares
The Greek god of war, Ares has been Wonder Woman’s primary antagonist in the comics for a long time. Despite Ares being weakened in the DCEU compared to the comics, he’s still an intimidating opponent with a wide array of powers. Upon his defeat in the comics, Wonder Woman became the new deity of war, absorbing these powers for herself.
Becoming the goddess of war gave Wonder Woman a deadly suite of possible powers, including resurrection, shadow manipulation, and mental command over soldiers. As cool as it would be to see Diana command the battlefield as a veritable goddess on screen, it certainly would’ve made her overpowered within the scope of the DCEU. Because of this simple fact, it’s unlikely that Wonder Woman will ever gain Ares’ considerable power should DC Studios succeed in rebooting the character.
4 Destructive Magic
A warrior from birth, it’s not often that Wonder Woman is thought of as a spell caster. Though not as famous for magical ability in the world of DC compared to supernatural savants like Constantine or Zatanna, Wonder Woman is still immersed in the magical side of the comics’ continuity. As such, she has demonstrated spell casting capabilities before, including powerful waves of destructive magic.
Even if she isn’t the most refined magic user, Wonder Woman houses an incredible amount of raw magical power within her. She’s even able to damage the Upside-Down Man, a terrifying magical entity and one of the most powerful villains in DC’s history. Still, as far as the films go, limiting the scope of Wonder Woman’s spell casting ability makes more room for the inclusion of future magic practitioners into DC’s movies without having too much overlap.
3 Super Breath
Similar to Superman’s own version of this power, Wonder Woman has demonstrated her own super breath in the comics. Though it doesn’t seem to have a freezing effect like Superman’s, it’s still incredibly useful for Wonder Woman to be able to produce directional gale force winds whenever she needs. Not a magical ability in nature, Wonder Woman’s super breath is more of an extension of her superhuman Amazon physiology, extending her incredible strength to her lungs to produce incredibly powerful gusts of air whenever she needs.
As cool as this ability is on a static page, it would likely look a little goofier in live-action. Not only that, it’s a power that doesn’t show up too often in the modern era of comics, meaning DCEU writers might not have even known of its existence. If the tone of Gunn’s new DCU is lighthearted enough, the power could see an inclusion, though considering Superman’s version of the ability is more iconic, it’s unlikely Wonder Woman will get the opportunity.
2 Magical Tiara
Wonder Woman is unique in her use of enchanted objects in addition to her native array of powers. Rather than being reliant solely on gadgets like Batman, or her own inherent abilities like Superman, Wonder Woman utilizes the best of both worlds as a truly capable heroine. The most well-known of her paraphernalia includes her invincible bracers, the Lasso of Truth, her sword and shield, and the Invisible Jet. But one magical accessory doesn’t get a time to shine in the DCEU, that being her magical tiara.
More than just a fashion statement, Wonder Woman’s tiara in the comics has held numerous powers over the years. The most famous use of the tiara is as a boomerang-like throwing weapon, popularized by Lynda Carter’s portrayal of Wonder Woman in her eponymous TV series from the 70s. In the comics, the tiara has also allowed Diana to telepathically control the Invisible Jet, a missed opportunity in the DCEU’s Wonder Woman 1984. Hopefully, future films can take more advantage of the iconic piece of headgear as part of Wonder Woman’s arsenal.
1 Inhibitive Bracelets
One piece of Wonder Woman’s outfit that has seen significant use in the DCEU is her magical bracers. Immune to nearly any form of attack, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman frequently utilizes the powerful armbands to deflect bullets and create magical shockwaves of pure energy. However, one lesser-known aspect of the bracers that never made the transition from the comics is their function as a limiter to Diana’s own power.
Not just a useful tool in battle, Wonder Woman’s magical bracers have been shown to actually hold back her true power in the comics. Upon releasing them, Wonder Woman gains a massive boost to her strength at the cost of control, going berserk in battle. The concept would make for an excellent scene in a future film, Diana shedding her restraints to go all-out in righteous fury on a villain that warranted no mercy. This little-known power of Wonder Woman is a must-include for her next iteration in a cinematic franchise.