This makes me happy!
I love comic books, especially super hero comics. I also have had a soft spot for live action heroes ever since I was watching Shazam! and Isis on Saturday mornings, and I’ve been a fan of Wonder Woman since Linda Carter was kicking butt and taking names. I am also the father of an adventurous daughter who loves superheroes and I want her to see more women who kick butt.
With the huge popularity of super hero movies and TV shows it is mind boggling that Wonder Woman hasn’t received the big screen treatment, though given DC’s track record with movies maybe it’s a blessing that she hasn’t. After all, there was the infamous pilot for the Wonder Woman TV show, a nightmare that must be seen to be believed.
Seriously, track it down and watch it. Rarely has a show so completely missed the point of a beloved character than this fiasco. Better yet, watch this review.
To make matters worse, people at Warner Brothers and DC never fail to deliver a PR gaff that really makes me wonder why they still have readers. Wonder Woman has been described by DC’s president, Diane Nelson, as “tricky” and that “she doesn’t have a single, clear, compelling story that everyone knows and recognizes.” Add to that the uneven quality of the book over the years and maybe there is good reason to be skeptical of Wonder Woman being able to cut it on the big screen.
Except that it’s all bogus. Let’s run through a few of these reasons and others and shoot them down.
1) The target audience is men/women don’t read comics. Look at any crowd pictures from Dragon-Con, especially groups of people cosplaying super heroes. We’re done here.
2) Women action movies don’t do well. Hunger Games, Kill Bill, and anything with Michelle Yeoh. Moving on…
3) She’s “Tricky” and, lacks a compelling, recognized story. First off, no she’s not. She’s a diplomat and warrior given powers by the gods who made it her mission to protect the world, encouraging peace where she can and fighting against evil when she must. Second, she has one of the most unique origin stories in comics (we do not speak of the New 52 gutting her origin. That was a fever dream like Highlander 2.)
Most importantly, it does not matter if she never had a compelling story. Write one. Write something original for her. Write something that will knock people’s socks off. Stop using the things people wrote decades ago as a crutch.
This is all particularly baffling when you look at the DC animated movies, a lineup filled with excellent stories. Among those outstanding stories is a Wonder Woman movie that both embraces the traditional character origin and delivers a compelling story newly created for the movie. The Wonder Woman movie ranks among my top two favorite DC animated movies, with only Batman: Mask of the Phantasm competing for first place.
I hope this short movie is superb. I hope it becomes an internet sensation. I hope it will be something my daughter and I can watch together. I hope it’ll get DC and Warner Brothers off their tails and bring their A-game to a feature motion picture.
If not, there’s been a lot of rumors about Marvel Comics doing a Captain Marvel movie. Hope springs eternal.