I am a fan of both comics and mythology. In my mind, these are connected. After all, comics have been called “modern mythology” before. Both have fantastic elements, larger than life characters and convoluted continuities.
I tend to get extremely excited when mythological characters are used in comics because it combines too things I love. It’s often difficult to tell which elements of the mythology are canon with the comics, which can be a bit confusing for mythology nerds. It can also become incredibly creepy.
You see, Greek mythology has enough incest to put Ancient Egyptian dynasties to shame.
For example, let’s take the character of Hippolyta, the mother of Wonder Woman.
In both the comics and the mythology, she is queen of the Amazons. In the comics (pre-Reboot), she was brought to life by some of the Greek pantheon. In the mythology, she’s the daughter of Ares.
In the direct-to-DVD Wonder Woman movie, Hippolyta has a son with Ares. Which – if we go by the mythology – means she slept with her father.
In mythology, Ares’s is the son of Zeus and Hera, making Zeus Hippolyta’s grandfather. In the comics, Zeus slept with Hippolyta to produce Diana. So if we go by mythology, Hippolyta slept with her serial rapist grandfather in order to have a daughter. This makes Diana both the daughter and the great-granddaughter of Zeus.
I know Ares being Hippolyta’s father probably isn’t canon with the comics but considering that the comics seem to be trying to be closer to the original myths …
If it is canon, may I suggest this song as Wonder Woman’s new theme song?