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We see in some parts of the movie that

Wonder Woman's bracelets can be criss-crossed to emit an energy explosion. They can block most attacks, and even absorb and re-use lightning.

Are the bracelets magical artifacts, or is this just one of Diana's powers?

On the one hand, it's strange that they didn't describe or mention the bracelets if they were actual artifacts. On the other, does this mean Diana could perform the explosions with any kind of bracelet, or even without any?

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    Fair but you have to remember that this is a completely new version of Wonder Woman but this might help - cbr.com/wonder-womans-bracelets-15-things-you-need-to-know – Paulie_D Jun 6 '17 at 9:14
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    Nope, they are just ordinary bracers. She got them them at Walmart. – Tyler Durden Jun 6 '17 at 12:27
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    When used, they also trigger the start of the awesome Wonder Woman music on the Batman v Superman musical score. – PoloHoleSet Jun 6 '17 at 14:12
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Those Bracelets are called Bracelets of Submission in comics.

The Bracelets of Submission are a pair of metal bracelets or cuffs worn by Wonder Woman and other Amazons. They were an original creation by William Moulton Marston as an allegory for his philosophy on loving submission and the emotional control associated with it in order to balance out the strength of the human ego. These bracelets have thus far proven indestructible and able to absorb the impact of incoming attacks, allowing Wonder Woman to not only deflect automatic weapon fire, energy blasts and other projectile weaponry, but also to absorb forces from a long fall.

In comics they were powered by Aphrodite and symbol of submission to their patron goddess Aphrodite and all Amazons wear it and they are made of amazonium. They do got retcon few times but always had similar powers and had a weakness to male welded chains which got removed in later comics canon.

And as mentioned by Gallifreyan in comments, this bracelets are more to restrain her powers:

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But neither in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice nor in Wonder Woman any of it got explored, we just know that Wonder Woman have them from childhood in Themyscira. So those bracelets seems like a gift of Gods with special power of absorption and reflection of energy/attacks as seen in the films.

Note: Previously I forgot that she had that from childhood, credit goes to competing answer of T.E.D. .

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    You might want to add that in comics the bracelets are also there to restrain her strength, and they are very heavy. – Gallifreyan Jun 6 '17 at 9:42
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    @Gallifreyan done – Ankit Sharma Jun 6 '17 at 11:43
  • If I may just say - the art in that last panel is horrible. – Gallifreyan Jun 6 '17 at 13:44
  • Correction is good enough for an upvote from me. I started to just leave that as a comment, but the comment ended up growing into an answer. – T.E.D. Jun 6 '17 at 16:13
  • @T.E.D. you gave a good answer and don't know how I forgot that scene – Ankit Sharma Jun 6 '17 at 16:14
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Note that in the movie, unlike all the other artifacts, the bracelets she had on when she was sparring the other Amazons, and she even had on at age 8.

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Now we know from the comics that her powers have gone through multiple revisions. The "classic" Wonder Woman that I grew up with couldn't fly, and her bracelets did nothing much other than deflect bullets. The most recent DC comics version has the powers of a god (including flight), and her bracelets are actually there to tone down her powers so she doesn't accidentally hurt everyone around her.

Given that we've seen from the movie that she can fly, and that her bracelets do more than just deflect bullets, I think its probably fair to say that they seem to be steering her more toward the modern interpretation. So its quite likely they serve to tamp down her god-like powers (as the other answer also said).

They (and by "they" I mean screenwriter Alan Heinberg, who also created the Young Avengers comic series for Marvel), were hiding those bracelets in plain sight the entire movie. It seems likely there will be a pay-off for this in the future.

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    I'd theorize that their tamping effect also makes them a conduit of sorts, which is why bullets don't harm them, they can absorb and direct lightning, and smacking them together while wanting an attacker (Antiope) away from her produced an explosion of energy. Just my own theory there though. – T.E.D. Jun 6 '17 at 13:59
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The animated Wonder Woman video from 2009 movie establishes the origin of her bracelets (gauntlets?) as the shards of Zeus's former shield. This would explain why in the 2017 movie [spoilers below]

at the end of the movie, when Ares fires a lighting bolt at Diana and she instinctively blocks it with her bracelets, rather than deflect the energy, her bracelets seem to absorb it. This makes her curious, as the lighting seems to conduct between the bracelets.

This would prove to be an interesting way for Zeus to provide a way to protect his "daughter" even though he couldn't be there.

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