Thoughts on Alter Egos
While I consider myself somewhat of a comic book aficionado, I was not very familiar with most of the Wonder Woman origin mythology. Reading about Paradise Island and Wonder Woman’s transition in to the guise of Diana Prince made me think of a scene in the film Kill Bill Vol. 2. In this scene, Bill talks about the unique case of Superman when compared to Batman and Spiderman. He says that while Spiderman and Batman wake up as Bruce Wayne and Peter Parker and have to wear the mask to become their alter ego, Superman is unique in the fact that when he wakes up, he is Superman (Kal-el) and when he puts on the glasses and business suit that is in fact his mask. Clark Kent is the alter ego. In doing so, Bill believes that this is Superman’s critique on humanity, that it is weak and not very confident. However, when Bill states that the case of Superman is unique, he is forgetting about Wonder Woman. When Wonder Woman wakes up, she is Wonder Woman (Princess Diana). It is only when she puts on the glasses and secretary/nurse outfit that she becomes her alter ego of Diana Prince. This disguise, and the way she acts, is a critique on the role of women during the 1940’s.