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Where is My Wonder Woman Movie?
Think Ladies Don’t Care about Comics? Think Again.
- The Guardians of the Galaxy audience was comprised of 46% female viewers.
- The audience for this years San Diego Comic Con was 40% female.
- Wonder Woman is the longest continually published comic book character to date.
- She kicks serious butt. Just sayin’
In Case You Didn’t Know
Published by DC Comics, Wonder Woman was created in the 1940’s by the American psychologist and writer, William Moulton Marston. She made her first appearance in 1941 and she has been a constant publication for DC Comics ever since. She is an Amazonian Warrior Princess who, when outside of her homeland of Paradise Island (a land that is free of men which may sound fun but really isn’t), is known by her alter ego Diana Prince. She has a wide range of skills, from superhuman strength to combat and battle skills. She has various weapons, my favorites being the Lasso of Truth, her bullet proof bracelets and her invisible airplane.
In recent years there has been a lot of speculation about when a Wonder Woman movie will make an appearance on the cinematic landscape. The story we fans get is that the studios simply don’t have time (but they do have time to make movies like “The Interview” or other such nonsense). I wonder really if they are so clueless as to think that a Wonder Woman movie would tank. I think studios are completely out of touch with what people want and right now people are digging superhero films! What often amazes me is that, years ago Joss Whedon (who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer) went to them with what I can only imagine was an amazing script for a Wonder Woman movie and he was turned away.
I suspect that whoever made that decision is no longer working at that studio because Joss Whedon writes women as strong, smart and more than capable of saving the world. His Black Widow is fantastic in The Avengers and honestly, Buffy is and always will be a prime example of how to write a strong woman well. He made Buffy powerful but he also made her vulnerable to every day troubles. Boyfriend problems, friend problems, life problems all made there way into the Buffy-verse every episode. All while she fought her way through hordes of demons and vampires. I hope that one day Mr. Whedon gets another chance at the Wonder Woman movie. I honestly cannot think of anyone directing/writing today that could do it better.
Wonder Woman has always fought for truth, justice and equality. According to stats found on Wikipedia, Wonder Woman was named the 20th greatest comic book character by Empire Magazine. Wonder Woman also placed fifth on IGN’s “Top 100 Comic Book Heroes of All Time”. Her legacy will endure for years to come and she paved the way for other strong female heroes like Buffy, Black Widow and even the new female Thor. Wonder Woman proved that a woman can be strong, sexy and smart without being trashy or angry.
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In the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel we are going to see the first ever big screen version of Wonder Woman. It will be the first time she gets to go head-to-head with both Batman and Superman. While details of her role in the plot movie are scarce, there is hope that she will be as big a part of the storyline as the guys. I am really hopeful that she will be fighting toe-to-toe with these guys.
I am also hopeful that she will make a big enough impact on movie studios that they will finally see the value in a Wonder Woman movie. There is a lot riding on Gal Gadot’s portrayal of this iconic character. I am nervous that they will somehow minimize her role or make her weaker than the guys. Regardless, I will be there opening week with popcorn in hand, hoping that I’m wrong and that Wonder Woman will kick just as much butt as Batman and Superman!