21 Years Later, DC's Jim Lee Will Finally Complete His Trinity Triptych With New WONDER WOMAN Variant Cover

21 Years Later, DC's Jim Lee Will Finally Complete His Trinity Triptych With New WONDER WOMAN Variant Cover

It's taken more than two decades, but DC President Jim Lee has finally illustrated Wonder Woman in the same style as his iconic Batman and Superman covers, completing his Trinity triptych in the process...

By JoshWilding - Sep 25, 2023 12:09 PM EST
Filed Under: DC Comics

21 years ago, Jim Lee illustrated a cover for Batman #608 which has since become nothing short of iconic. Depicting the brooding Caped Crusader watching over Gotham City, the legendary artist followed it two years later with his equally iconic Superman #204 cover. 

Like Batman, the Man of Steel stood tall while keeping an eye on his home, Metropolis, and the two pieces of artwork complement each other perfectly. However, many fans have long argued that there's a missing piece: Wonder Woman.

The third member of the DC Universe's Trinity, Diana Prince is every bit as important to this comic book world as her fellow Justice League members. 

Well, Lee's Trinity has finally been completed to celebrate the second printing of Tom King and Daniel Sampere's Wonder Woman #1. Set to hit stands on October 24, the DC President illustrated the piece alongside inker Scott Williams and colourist Alex Sinclair. 

Perhaps most exciting is the fact this artwork will also be highlighted in a special foil triptych variant cover of the DC Trinity from the 'Jim Lee Icons' cover series.

The first issue of Wonder Woman was released last Tuesday. The solicitation text reads, "After a mysterious Amazonian is accused of mass murder, Congress passes the Amazon Safety Act, barring all Amazons from U.S. soil."

"To carry out their plans, the government starts a task force, the Amazon Extradition Entity (A.X.E.), to remove those who don’t comply, by any means necessary. Now, in her search for the truth behind the killing, Wonder Woman finds herself an outlaw in the world she once swore to protect!"

While we'd love to see Lee put his unique spin on more DC Comics icons, focusing on the Trinity feels like the right move. Still, adding original Justice League members The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter would be no bad thing. 

In DC Studios' DCU, Superman will be played by David Corenswet, though we've yet to learn who will take on the role of Batman in The Brave and the Bold. As for Wonder Woman, we continue hearing conflicting reports about whether Gal Gadot will continue playing the Amazon warrior. 

Check out Lee's new Wonder Woman #1 cover below.

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Forthas - 9/25/2023, 12:26 PM
The Trinity symbolizes Hope (Superman), Love (Wonder Woman) and Justice (Batman).

Doomsday8888 - 9/25/2023, 2:06 PM
Fighting the Never-ending battle for:
Truth (Wonder Woman)
Justice (Batman)
And The American Way/A Better Tomorrow (Superman aka The Man of Tomorrow)

ProudPatriot76 - 9/25/2023, 2:30 PM
@Doomsday8888 - I like that!
dracula - 9/25/2023, 12:28 PM
Cool, although too bad its not classic pre flashpoint wonder woman to better match up
dragon316 - 9/25/2023, 3:08 PM
@dracula - look little better if background connect with Superman and Batman books
IcePyke - 9/25/2023, 12:52 PM
It's about goddamn time!

JFerguson - 9/25/2023, 1:07 PM
My phone wallpaper for a long time in the lead up to the release of BVS:

Little did I know that I would be completely disappointed by this shipwreck universe let alone that one movie
dracula - 9/25/2023, 1:12 PM
@JFerguson - seriously, how ridiculous batman’s chest looks there

Maybe snyder mistook a rob liefeld drawing for Miller’s
JFerguson - 9/25/2023, 1:16 PM
@dracula - haha it’s pure frank miller brawler Batman but I know what you mean. I wasn’t a fan of the neckless approach to the cowl and the ridiculous padding

The altered voice was also overkill

QuietStorm - 9/25/2023, 1:27 PM
All 3 of them together:
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 9/25/2023, 1:40 PM
Cool idea but it doesn't really fit with the other two. His style has slightly changed. It doesn't have the same heavy block shadows and the linework is more detailed now.
Also, Supes and Bats are in their classic costumes, while Wonder Woman is wearing her 2023 costume. He should have drew her the way he did back in 04 to make them feel more connected.

ObserverIO - 9/25/2023, 2:11 PM
She really is the light of Superman and the darkness of Batman all blended together.
Slotherin - 9/25/2023, 4:19 PM
@ObserverIO - I guess? Some portrayals definitely hit that but I find her somewhat inconsistently portrayed across media between being a rather cold and ruthless warrior and an ambassador for peace so much so that some versions of her seem downright hypocritical (which either makes for a poor portrayal or actually a more nuanced and interesting character when she's forced to face herself).
Slotherin - 9/25/2023, 2:13 PM
Cool that he got around to it but it also makes sense why it didn't happen sooner. Batman and Superman are direct foils to one another and also mirror eachother a bit more, so the Superman one was a direct response to the Batman one and a pairing with it.

Both have a specific city they protect and I could be wrong here but Wonder Woman doesn't have that nor is she as iconic. Also the characterization is more consistent for them.
Superman is a god-level bruiser who pulls his punches because of his ideals and protects his adopted city of Metropolis. Batman is a street level detective who combats crime in Gotham with his wealth, wits, and gadgets.

Is Wonder Woman a brutal warrior or an ambassador for peace? Is she a virtuous feminist or a jaded misandrist? Writers often can't seem to decide. Where does she operate? She's from Themascyra, but where does she have a stake in "Man's world"? Even her origins get mixed up with each adaptation.
Slotherin - 9/25/2023, 4:15 PM
With my critique out the way, I do like how hers fits between the other two (giggity) and that's pretty cool. Definitely would make a cool poster to have all 3 like that.

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