Wonder Woman, when she isn’t busy saving people from the tyranny that only evil mustachioed Italian men with purple suits can inflict, serves as a different champion of the people when compared to other superheroes. While Batman can often be seen facing archenemies like the Joker, Killer Moth, and Clayface, Wonder Woman’s villains tend to eschew the “supervillain” persona. In fact, Wonder Woman’s are not the homicidal maniacs that are fought by the likes of Superman and Batman, but rather they are menaces to everyday society. Instead of facing bank robbers, Wonder Woman will combat crooked business owners and those who exploit the weak. The evil-doers Wonder Woman takes down are more representative of societal ills that exist in modern society, like that exploitation of capitalism. One can say that Wonder Woman’s enemies are more symbolic, focusing on defeating concepts like poverty and oppression rather than fighting sociopaths in costumes. While this does make Wonder Woman a stronger symbolic figure, it certainly lessens her flair as a superhero. Wonder Woman’s nemeses could be considered lacking in formidability when compared to super-genius Lex Luthor or the (nearly) immortal Ra’s al Ghul. While the villains Wonder Woman faces may be “mundane” in comparison to other villains, the value of her heroics should not be down-played.
Moulton, Charles. Wonder Woman. All Star Comics, Sensation Comics.