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The SECRET to Wonder Woman’s secret identity (& beauty).
December 23, 2014 By Brett Jett
Many fans & even writers have queried how Wonder Woman can successfully pull off a secret identity when she’s so beautiful, with or without glasses….Trina Robbins even postulated that Steve Trevor is simply so stupid that he constantly fails to put two & two together….(while she conveniently leaving out that Etta Candy & the Holliday girls couldn’t either.)
The answer lies in the inner-workings & definition of her beauty, which most people have misunderstood.
I always hear of fans trying to seek out the most facially sexually alluring actress to play her, but they are missing the true point of WW’s beauty. They think that her Aphroditic beauty (which no supermodel can ever compare to) comes solely from her physical structure or her cosmetic makeup. It doesn’t. It comes from her animation & demeanor working off of her physical structure…all of which stems from her MENTAL structure, or as we dating coaches call it, “Inner Game”. While her body’s figure is shapely feminine, fit, very attractive, but can be disguised with the right dowdy clothes, her physical facial structure itself is that of an average darling of a girl…and slightly exotic, having come from a faraway land and all. Its not overtly sexy, but the kind of visage that makes you want to hold her. And of course she has her natural shading & coloring in the right places where cosmetic makeup would usually occupy on regular women. But that’s not where the bulk of her incredible beauty comes from. You see, Wonder Woman’s beauty is more intuitively perceived, rather than just visually perceived.
The statement “Beautiful as Aphrodite” is actually defined mentally, first…
WW is a person of beautiful loving thoughts, fun-loving, and has a wise-but-beautiful outlook on life, is straight forward, isn’t driven by uncontrolled ego, has a benevolent design in life, and doesn’t concern herself with petty stuff, etc. This beautiful mental state–combined with the unassuming self-assuredness & confidence that she has–then translates thru to the physical realm that people see. So when she animates, all the sudden her whole appearance comes alive with new vibrance that radiates with the Aphroditic beauty of her Venusian mind & spirit….the twinkle in her eye, the way her face gestures or smiles, the way she carries herself, etc, even her voice. Thus creating the effect that she is the most beautiful angel you’ve ever met. This “beautiful effect” is not solely visually induced, but emotionally, as it creates in people feelings of love & fondness (& admiration) for her. That is why even with no cosmetics, her beauty is still present…The power of her mental beauty is her “cosmetics”!
I have personally witnessed this real life phenomenon in a few exceptional women who had this inner game, where they’d walk thru a Los Angeles crowd (ie. at a party, charity event, etc) that consisted of supermodels & hot celebs…yet everyone had their eyes on that one woman with inner game as she radiated with allure that outshone those supermodels & celebs.
So when WW switches to her Diana Prince guise, she doesn’t need to change her facial structure…it stays the same (aside from the glasses). All she does is switch her character to dowdy mode and cease animating the same way. Her demeanor, and even her voice, all become that of a dowdy, boring, typical dame. This of course spoils the “beautiful effect” (visually & emotionally) that she has as WW, and–in combination with other techniques (ie. acting, subtle disguise, etc)–gives her sufficient cover.
William Moulton Marston hinted at this process when he portrayed WW taking the place of a nurse of the same name who looked just like her. Yet, that nurse would never attract many guys’ attention, becuz she doesn’t have WW’s “inner game” to give her the Aphroditic aura of beauty.
[Side Note: The secret identity of Superman/Clark Kent was allegorical to the idea of a young guy fantasizing about secretly being another, greater man. With WW’s secret identity involving use of a live mortal woman’s identity that happens to have the same first name and look like her, it was an opportunity to showcase an everyday hardworking common woman you’d find in the real world. Although this particular “common” woman was really WW underneath, it was an allegory for the potential “wonder woman” within even common women. This was more psychological conditioning to inspire readers to strive toward their full potentials and bring out that inner wonder woman. And in-story-wise, it gave WW a way to be close to the man she loves (Steve) and have an ear to the trouble spots where she may be needed. But from a psychological analysis standpoint, the nubile WW taking on the Diana Prince secret identity would’ve also been an opportunity for her to play out a little fantasy of submitting to the man she loves, guilt-free, since its not really “her” that’s submitting.]
All this change in character not only expels her level of beauty, but it helps finish the rest of her cover, successfully. Had WW’s beauty been solely physically-based, then she probably wouldn’t have been able to pull off an impersonation.
So when selecting an actress to portray WW, one need not try to find the most sexy or exceptionally physically beautiful–an average cute girl would do just fine–but to make sure the actress is able to animate correctly & create this “beautiful effect”, affecting people subconsciously.
Adrianne Palicki was a great choice…but she could do better on the characterization & inner game than she did for David E. Kelley. Megan Gale’s physical beauty is sufficient…but I’m not too familiar with Megan so I’m still unsure if she can pull off the “beautiful effect”, and thus not so sure she can pull off the Diana Prince character.
But for the first live-action movie…who else can pull it off, I wonder?
Up close & personal.
But then you might be thinking that the above explanation may be a good reason why everyday people haven’t made the connection between WW’s guises, but what about those closest to her?…particularly Steve? To explain this one, I can only draw on Steve’s background & personality, and a bit of PUA science. Steve is a man who had longed for a woman with the qualities Wonder Woman has, in light of all the regular women he’s either dated or seen around. After a while, they’re all the same to him romantically. But now that he’s met Wonder Woman, the girl of his dreams, he now especially mentally regards all other women as dull & regular, as no one can compare to Wonder Woman…especially as a guy, since guys are more visually oriented. This creates a self-delusion in Steve that further helps cover Wonder Woman’s secret identity from him. NOT becuz he’s “so stupid”, as Trina Robbins calls him while conveniently dismissing the fact that the Holliday girls haven’t seen thru Diana’s disguise either. Although, logically it can be surmised that a bright cover operative like Steve would eventually figure it out, even if not right away, depending on how often he spends time with Diana Prince or WW.
Recently, Gal Gadot has been casted in the WW role for the silver screen. I most certainly agree with this decision. Whoever casted her made a brilliant choice, as Gal has that inner game that I speak of and that witty look in her eyes, all of which creates that magic that is associated with Wonder Woman.
I also hear the doubts of most fans that Gal is too skinny or that she has an accent. For these complaining fans, I will refer them to “Wonder Woman #6” when Cheetah made her debut. Somewhere in that comicbook (& in the newspaper strips) its explained that WW’s muscles are no bigger than a regular [athletic] woman’s should be, and that her strength comes from her brain energy training. A toned body is what they’re going for in Gal, rather than a thick “Gina Carano” type build. This is, and always has been, what WW was created to be like.
As for Gal’s accent, don’t worry. Wonder Woman is a character that is supposed to have a slight accent to go with a sultry mezzo-soprano voice, just as Batman is supposed to have a deep grating voice. Trust me, Gal Gadot will make a fine Wonder Woman. And now she’s our “gal”!
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