Movie Myths

Wonder Woman’s fantastical Amazons are based on these real-life warriors

Themiscyra is pure fiction, but its inhabitants are closer to reality.

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We don’t look to Superman for historical accuracy.

Superheroes can provide inspiration, empowerment, and escape, but archaeological evidence is low on the priority list.

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But for some superheroes, close ties to history invest their stories with more power, showing that real people may be closer than we think to larger-than-life heroes.