Wonder Woman is not a Kryptonian

The internet is a wonderful place of amusement and full of all kinds of useful information. But it’s a double edged sword filled with a lot of lies and half-truths as well. By it’s very nature it’s a nebulous place of misinformation, and requires users to be more discerning about the information they consume.

Take for example the recent reports about the rumoured heritage of Wonder Woman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. You couldn’t look at a geek news resource without seeing something about it. The story goes that the Amazons, the culture of warrior women that Wonder Woman hails from, were descendants of ancient Kryptonians. It was certainly a different take on idea and would certainly tie together two separate groups of super-powered beings into a common origin.

And as you might suspect the internet reacted poorly, many decrying the change in her origin. But the problem is it isn’t true. This is why it’s important to fact check, not just as a journalist, but as a consumer of media.

This whole fiasco started with a website called batman-on-film.com. Bill Ramey, who was credited as the source of the information, had been pondering things that could happen in the upcoming MoS sequel, and was spitballing ideas. It wasn’t a verified piece of news or even a rumour. It was purely speculation, based on nothing but one man’s idea.

With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those “ancient Kryptonians” who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago.

From there the story was picked up and very quickly snowballed out of control, first reported as rumour, then as fact. But upon some digging and the calling of sources close to the movie, Badass Digest discovered that none of it’s true and reported that it’s nothing more than speculation. Bill Ramey has even gone on to clarify that it’s not true in any regard and was purely his imagining:

Apparently, several outlets picked up on what I wrote in the mailbag below – especially my take on how Amazons might be explained inBATMAN VS. SUPERMAN – and claimed that I was reporting it as fact and/or that it was a “rumor” I had heard.

They. Are. All. WRONG.

The mailbag is between me the fans of BOF with me answering questions with a mix of industry scuttlebutt, inside info, and MY OPINION! Nothing more and I’ve been doing this sort of mailbag for years. I get that people are starved for BvS information, but a lot of sites are taking what I wrote in the mailbag and clearly twisting my words! Either that, or they didn’t read the thing and are simply responding to another outlet’s incorrect report! Thanks to the outlets who ran the story and CLEARLY STATED that I CLEARLY STATED it was all speculation and my opinion.

So there…just setting the damn record straight. This isn’t a rumor, nor is it inside info. It’s nothing more than me guessing how Goyer and Snyder might characterize Wonder Woman and the origin of the Amazons. Carry on…

So it’s incredibly important to remember that even news can be inaccurate and it’s important to check sources and verify facts. It’s a shame that news outlets no longer fact check or can overcome bias, so now it’s left to us, but as consumers of media it’s important us to consult as many sources as possible and not accept things at face value. This seems like such an obvious statement to make but apparently it’s one that needs stating.

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