Women at Marvel Comics Watch – April 2016 Solicits, 33 Women on 24 Books

February 8, 2016

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Usually my write ups for Marvel’s April solicits are a bit of a downer. Marvel often runs a special variant cover promotion in March that focuses on female creators and bumps up their numbers, and then everything falls back down to Earth in April. But not this April! Not only are Marvel’s numbers up after last month’s special promotions, they’ve hit their highest number of different female creators since this project began. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what at Marvel this April:

  • Alti Firmansyah: X-Men ’92 #2 (interior art)
  • Amy Chu: A Year of Marvels: The Amazing #1 (co-writer)
  • Amy Reeder: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (co-writer, cover)
  • Annie Wu: Black Widow #2 (variant cover)
  • Brittney L. Williams: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (art and cover)
  • Chelsea Cain: Mockingbird #2 (writer)
  • Colleen Doran: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Emanuela Lupacchino: Hyperion #2 (cover)
  • Erica Henderson: Howard the Duck #6 (interior art), The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (art and cover)
  • G. Willow Wilson: A-Force #4 (co-writer), Ms. Marvel #6 (writer)
  • Gurihiru: Gwenpool #1 (art and cover)
  • Helen Chen: Silk #7 (variant cover)
  • Joelle Jones: Mockingbird #2 (cover)
  • Kamome Shirahama: International Iron Man #2 (variant cover)
  • Kate Leth: Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #5 (writer)
  • Kate Niemczyk: Mockingbird #2 (interior art)
  • Kelly Thompson: A-Force #4 (co-writer)
  • Kirbi Fagan: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Marguerite Bennett: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (writer)
  • Michele Fazekas: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Natacha Bustos: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #6 (interior art)
  • Nen Chang: Mockingbird #2 (variant cover)
  • Nik Virella: Hyperion #2 (interior art)
  • Robin Firth: Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three – Bitter Medicine #1 (co-writer)
  • Sara Pichelli: Spider-Man #3 (art, cover)
  • Siya Oum: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7 (variant cover)
  • Stacey Lee: Gwenpool #1 (variant cover), Spider-Man & Silk: The Spider(fly) Effect #2 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (variant cover), Uncanny Inhumans #7 (cover)
  • Stephanie Hans: Angela: Queen of Hel #7 (art and cover)
  • Tana Ford: Silk #7 (interior art)
  • Tara Butters: Captain Marvel #4 (co-writer)
  • Vanesa Del Rey: Spider-Women Alpha #1 (interior art)
  • Yasmine Putri: Silk #7 (cover), Spider-Gwen #7 (cover), Spider-Woman #7 (cover), Spider-Women Alpha #1 (cover), Starbrand & Nightmask #5 (cover)

All together, there are 33 different female creators set to work on 24 different comics books at Marvel this April, solid jumps from last month’s 27 and 21 respectively. Marvel’s not been in the 30s since I started keeping track of these numbers a few years back, and DC’s only been there a handful of times, so this is a significant achievement. After being up and down with their female creator numbers for years, Marvel is finally showing some consistency with decent numbers.

The numbers look to be fairly sustainable, too. While there are a few one-time gigs like variant covers in the mix above, Marvel’s got a lot of women on regular gigs right now. There is a solid core of at least 20 women who are guaranteed to return next month, with several more likely to be back somewhere else then or soon. A high like 33 might not be matched next month, or in the next few months, but a) Marvel seems headed in a positive direction, and b) they may well top 33 different women; I wouldn’t put it past them.

For female characters, it’s a fairly quiet month. Gwenpool’s getting a comic, and the “Spider-Women” event is kicking off with Spider-Woman Alpha though the bulk of that event will take place in existing books rather than any new titles. The rest of the new books for April have male leads, including a new Black Panther that looks pretty cool and a Star Wars title starring Poe Dameron; with Marvel making Force Awakens books now, perhaps a Rey book will be coming soon.

Overall, April should be a good month for women at Marvel. As always, there’s still lots of room to grow, but 33 different female creators is huge for Marvel, and the past two months have had Marvel’s best showings in recent memory. Hopefully Marvel can keep up the strong numbers and continue trending in a positive direction. They’ve been up and down in the past, but the strong base of female creators on regular books is encouraging moving forward.

The Legend of Wonder Woman #13 Review: A Crossover Guest Star!

February 4, 2016

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So far in The Legend of Wonder Woman, we’ve seen the return of some classic Golden Age Wonder Woman characters who have been shelved or altered from their original form in DC’s comics for some time. We’ve got an iconic, fun loving Etta Candy, cracking wise and hanging out with the Holliday Girls. We’ve got the Duke of Deception with a creepy new look, stalking the battlefields of Europe and stirring up horrors. But now, in this week’s digital first issue of The Legend of Wonder Woman, we’ve got a guest star we’re used to seeing In Metropolis, not Boston.

After Diana and the Holliday Girls headed into Boston for a day of errands and shopping, Diana and Etta stopped by the National Discoverer offices so that Diana could ask about the Duke of Deception story she and Etta read in last week’s issue. The editor pointed her towards the story’s writer, and it turned out to be none other than Perry White! Usually the editor of the Daily Planet, sending Lois Lane and Clark Kent out to cover big stories, here Perry is still a reporter, and the only one at the National Discoverer who’s serious enough about his job to actually go to the front lines in Europe and do proper research.

Perry gives Diana some additional information about the Duke of Deception, confirming her suspicion that the Duke has her mother’s amulet and that some ill has befallen Hippolyta and the Amazons. Perry also talked about his desire to leave the National Discoverer in order to “break out of the tabloids and start a respectable newspaper of my own,” a likely reference to his future at the Daily Planet. Because I’m a super huge nerd who likes to overthink things, I’m now wondering what the superhero scene might be in Renae De Liz and Ray Dillon’s world? Is there a Superman in Metropolis, with Clark Kent working at the Daily Star? Is there a Batman in Gotham? Are the Justice Society fighting the Nazis?

I know it’s a Wonder Woman book, and she’ll be the focus throughout; I’m just curious about the wider world. As a big fan of what De Liz and Dillon have done with this story, it would be fun to see more of this universe. In particular, I’d love to see a classic Justice Society team up! Wonder Woman’s role in the 1940s Justice Society was kind of lame; she was their secretary, and didn’t participate in many adventures (largely because William Moulton Marston and H.G. Peter were busy doing Wonder Woman stories for three different series, and were too protective of their character to let anyone else write and draw her in All Star Comics). Given the fantasticness of De Liz and Dillon’s Golden Age revamp so far, rectifying this missed opportunity from 75 years ago would be a lot of fun.

But I digress. After the fun Perry White cameo, Diana is more adamant than ever that she needs to go to Europe to track down the Duke of Deception. Etta, of course, does her best to convince her that this is a horrible idea, and her new plan is to scare Diana straight with some newsreels at the local theater, which we’ll see next week. I doubt that will go well for Etta, but it’s sweet that she cares.

I’ve enjoyed this pause in the action as Diana acclimates to America, and having Etta around is the best; her confrontation with the National Discoverer‘s editor over a mysterious ad in which she’s featured was hilarious. Nonetheless, the news of the Duke of Deception wreaking havoc in Europe has me as antsy as Diana for her to go over and take him down. Quite fittingly, too. It’s fun to be in the same boat as Diana, and I like that De Liz is building the anticipation. Plus, as keen as I am for Diana to emerge as Wonder Woman, I don’t want to leave Etta and the Holliday Girls behind quite yet. Though they could come to Europe too, as they did in the Golden Age! There are so many fun ways this story could go.

BvS Wonder Woman Barbie Available For Pre-order; Offers New Details on her Film Origins

February 3, 2016

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We got a sneak peak at the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Barbie doll of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman last summer, and now the doll is available for pre-order at the Barbie Collection website. It’s not too pricey either, coming in at $39.95 US; it’s not cheap by any means, but it’s not overly expensive. It looks pretty cool, too! The colours are nice and bright, she’s got her lasso, sword, and shield, and it looks like there’s a lot of articulation on the doll. I haven’t played with Barbies in a long time, but if I correctly remember the ones my sister had, they were pretty stiff, and only moved at the shoulder and hip joints. This Wonder Woman doll appears to have elbow and knee joints, rotation in the upper arm, and perhaps even some hand turning articulation.

The Barbie Collection site offers a closer look at the doll; the photos are very detailed, and allow you to zoom in close to see the impressive detail. The leather in her sash, for example, is nicely textured, as is her skirt, and the shield is very detailed. It looks like they’ve done a lovely job with her. Also, if all of the dolls retain that hair flip, I’ll be super impressed. One thing I do remember from my sister’s Barbies is that their hair could go real wonky.

The official description for the Wonder Woman doll also provides some insight into her cinematic origins. It reads:

The wild card in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice™, Wonder Woman is the daughter of Zeus and an Amazonian princess! Sculpted and costumed just like the movie character, she’s fully articulated and ready to fight with her sword, shield, and her iconic “magic” lasso. Knee-high boots, armored bracelets, and a headdress complete her warrior’s attire.

So that’s another confirmation on the daughter of Zeus angle; it seems that the movies are definitely going with her New 52 origin, which is disappointing but expected. The real surprise is that they call Diana the daughter of “an Amazonian princess”, when in every incarnation of the character she’s the daughter of an Amazonian queen. It may just be a mistake, or a miscommunication, because Wonder Woman is the one who is the Amazon princess. Or perhaps, given that Wonder Woman is going to be 5,000 years old, maybe her mother Hippolyta WAS a princess when she had Diana and later ascended to become queen. Whatever this Barbie packaging may say, all of the coverage surrounding Connie Nielsen’s recent casting as Hippolyta referred to her as a queen, so that will likely be her role.

EDITED TO ADD: As Marty points out in the comments, the Amazonian princess bit may just be poor phrasing. So, instead of being the daughter of Zeus and the daughter of an Amazonian princess, Diana might be the daughter of Zeus AS WELL AS being an Amazonian princess, leaving Hippolyta out of it completely.  Which makes much more sense.

The Barbie Collection site says that the Wonder Woman doll will ship by March 1, so it should start hitting stores relatively soon. And I’m hearing word that Wonder Woman figures from Batman v Superman‘s other toy lines have been arriving on store shelves, though they’re selling out quickly. I’ve yet to see any at the major department stores here in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but I think we’re pretty low on the distribution chain. I hope you’ve saved your pennies for this onslaught of Wonder Woman merchandise! I try to practical with my money and all, but I’m probably going to end up buying every single Wonder Woman toy I see. Just wait until next year when she’s got her own movie toy line! I’m going to go broke.

Women At DC Comics Watch – April 2016 Solicits, 25 Women On 22 Books

February 2, 2016

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DC’s April 2016 solicits mark the seventh straight month in which DC has had more than 20 different women working on their books, which is a pretty solid run. There’s been some fluctuation along the way, but things haven’t dipped into the teens. Nor have the numbers soared particularly high; we’re not seeing much in the way of growth, or a return to their past highs in the low 30s from a year ago. But things are relatively steady nonetheless. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what in April 2016:

  • Amanda Conner: Harley Quinn #27 (co-writer, cover), Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys #1 (cover), Harley’s Little Black Book #3 (co-writer, cover), Starfire #11 (co-writer, cover)
  • Amy Chu: Poison Ivy: Cycle of Life and Death #4 (writer)
  • Annie Wu: Black Canary #11 (cover)
  • Babs Tarr: Batgirl #51 (cover)
  • Bilquis Evely: Legends of Tomorrow #2 (interior art)
  • Chrissie Zullo: Fables: The Wolf Among Us #16 (cover)
  • Colleen Coover: Gotham Academy #17 (interior art)
  • Eleanor Carlini: Batgirl #51 (interior art)
  • Elizabeth Torque: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
  • Elsa Charretier: Starfire #11 (interior art)
  • Faith Erin Hicks: Gotham Academy #17 (co-writer, art)
  • Gail Simone: Clean Room #7 (writer), Secret Six #13 (writer)
  • Heather Nuhfer: Teen Titans Go! #15 (co-writer)
  • Holly Black: Lucifer #5 (writer)
  • Jenny Frison: Clean Room #7 (cover)
  • Jill Thompson: Bloodlines #1 (variant cover)
  • Lauren Beukes: Survivors’ Club #7 (co-writer)
  • Marguerite Bennett: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (writer)
  • Meghan Hetrick: Red Thorn #6 (interior art)
  • Meredith Finch: Wonder Woman #51 (writer)
  • Ming Doyle: Constantine: The Hellblazer #11 (co-writer)
  • Mingjue Helen Chen: Gotham Academy #17 (cover)
  • Mirka Andolfo: DC Comics Bombshells #11 (interior art)
  • Renae De Liz: The Legend of Wonder Woman #4 (writer, penciller, cover)
  • Tula Lotay: Slash & Burn #6 (cover)

All together, there are 25 different women working on 22 different books, the same number of books as last month but a drop from March’s 28 different woman. It’s a slight decline, but numbers fluctuate. While three fewer women is more than you’d like to see, it’s not a massive drop by any means, and 25 is pretty par for the course at DC lately.

There aren’t a lot of new names in the mix for April, but I think that Eleanor Carlini might be new to DC. Plus, it’s always fun to have creators like Colleen Coover, Faith Erin Hicks, and Jill Thompson pop into DC to do some work. DC’s compiled a pretty solid group of women who work on their books each month now; there are lots of steady gigs in the mix here. Even without guest creators or fill-ins or variant covers, DC would be at around 20 different women each month with regular creators alone. Such a permanent stable of regularly working women is good to see.

For female characters, April looks to be Harley Quinn month at DC. She’s launching yet another spinoff, Harley Quinn and her Gang of Harleys, and will start in a Suicide Squad special drawn by Jim Lee. There’s not much else new for April, perhaps due to DC’s rumoured relaunch “Rebirth” this June. They might just be sticking with the books they have for now before unleashing a new slew of the over the summer.

Overall, April looks to be a fairly average month for women at DC. The number of women working on their books isn’t low, relative to past months, but nor is it particularly high. While DC’s hit on a fairly consistent range, an upward trajectory, however slight, would be much more encouraging, especially considering that 25 women still make up a very small minority of all of DC’s creators. Perhaps the “Rebirth” relaunch will shake up these numbers for the good.

The Legacy of Lois Lane Panel at Women & Children First, Chicago, IL – Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm

February 1, 2016

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I’m going to be in Chicago this March for C2E2 (March 18-20), where I’ll be signing my new book, Investigating Lois Lane, at the IPG booth. We’ll probably have my first book, Wonder Woman Unbound, on hand as well. But before all of that convention fun, I’m going to be part of a panel discussion on “The Legacy of Lois Lane” at the bookstore Women & Children First on Wednesday, March 16 at 7:30pm. It should be an excellent time, because the other panelists are FANTASTIC. We’ve got Anne Elizabeth Moore (Ladydrawers, Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking), Lauren Burke (Ladies Night Anthology), Caitlin Rosberg (The A.V. Club), and Katie Schenkel (Panels, The Mary Sue). We’re going to be talking about Lois Lane through the ages, as well as other great comic book heroines.

Here’s the official event description:

Lois Lane has been a constant presence in the world of superheroes for more than 75 years, a fearless reporter whose adventures are perpetually overshadowed by her co-star, Superman.  This panel brings her into the spotlight, discussing the history of the genre through the lens of Lois Lane, Wonder Woman, and a host of other heroines whose contributions have been all too often overlooked.  Panelists include:

Lauren Burke edits children’s books by day and produces comics by night. She has bullied three editions of the Ladies Night Anthology into existence, showcasing the work of diverse women in comics, and she is now working on a book about the mysterious disappearance of Agatha Christie. Her life, in short, is one long sprint to get files to the printer.  You can find her on her Facebook page.

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound: The Curious History of the World’s Most Famous Heroine and Investigating Lois Lane: The Turbulent History of the Daily Planet’s Ace Reporter.  He also writes the monthly column “Gendercrunching” for Bleeding Cool, a statistical look at the gender breakdown of comic book creators.  You can find him on Twitter @timhanley01.

Anne Elizabeth Moore is an internationally renowned cultural critic. Fulbright scholar, UN Press Fellow, USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow and part of the team behind The Ladydrawers.  She is also the author of Unmarketable, New Girl Law, Cambodian Grrrl, and the upcoming Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking.  You can find her on Twitter @superanne.

Caitlin Rosberg is a writing, knitting, tea drinking, baking machine with all the requisite robotic enhancements. She writes about comics at The A.V. Club and is an editor for Ladies’ Night Anthology, an annual independently produced comic anthology. Ask her about Rhodey.  You can find her on Twitter @crosberg.

Katie Schenkel is a lifelong superhero fan who writes about comics, pop culture, LGBTQ+ issues, feminism, and all the ways those topics overlap. You can find her work on Comics Alliance, Panels, The Mary Sue, Playboy, Quirk Books, IGN, her website justplainsomething.com, and her twitter @JustPlainTweets.

Women & Children First is located at 5233 N. Clark St. in Chicago, and admission is free so if you’re in the Chicago area or are coming to C2E2 and are going to be in town early, you should come on by! The panel is going to be a lot of fun, and I know I can’t wait to hang out with my fellow panelists and get their perspectives on key moments in Lois Lane’s history. They’re a smart bunch, and it will be a great discussion. You should definitely check it out!

The Legend of Wonder Woman #12 Review: More Fantastic Golden Age Deep Cuts

January 28, 2016

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The Legend of Wonder Woman has been a delightful remix of Wonder Woman’s Golden Age adventures thus far, a new take on her original stories that references the classic tales while telling its own story. It’s great on its own, a fantastic introduction to the character for new readers, but for those of us familiar with Wonder Woman’s 1940s beginnings, there are all sorts of fun references and tweaks. We’ve seen kangas, a tournament to determine the Amazons’ champion, and last week we met Etta Candy. Any comic book that includes an Etta Candy that’s true to her original incarnation is aces in my book..

If Etta was the only classic Golden Age character De Liz and Dillon brought back, I would have been a happy man. But with this week’s issue they’ve gone even more obscure with a rad deep cut, bringing back an old character in a new way, and I am beyond delighted. The Duke of Deception is back!

For those of you not steeped in old timey Wonder Woman comics, the Duke of Deception was an underling of Mars, the God of War. He was part of a triumvirate; there was the Earl of Greed, Lord Conquest, and the Duke of Deception, but the Duke was the only one who really caught on. The characters were classic William Moulton Marston feminist zaniness, personifications of the worst aspects of patriarchal society who encouraged men to do terrible things. For example, the Duke essentially created Doctor Psycho, preying on his hatred of women to lead him to become a supervillain.

The original Duke of Deception was a sniveling little weasel in an over-sized Roman helmet. He also lived on the planet Mars, where he kept legions of female slaves. In short, he was a ridiculous character, but in that amusing, Golden Age way. And very much cemented in that time period; he was SO Marston, and H.G. Peter’s design fit his unique style but really hasn’t stood the test of time. I mean, look at this dude:

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There’s a reason he hasn’t been around much since, relegated to only a handful of appearances over the past several decades.

But De Liz and Dillon are bringing him back! They’ve updated the character in a cool frightening way; he now stalks the battlefields of Europe, raising dead Nazis to fight Allied soldiers. Here is a sketch of the new Duke of Deception, in a tabloid newspaper that Etta only picks up for the romance stories:

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First, a sidenote; Ray Dillon did the art for this sketch, and it’s gorgeous, as are the newspaper sketches on the previous page. There’s one of a Nazi sasquatch that’s just spectacular. Dillon inks De Liz’s pencils throughout the book, and does a great job, but it’s fun to see his own art too. I like that they worked him in this way, and I’d be glad to see some more of it in the future.

It remains to be seen who or what this Duke of Deception is. He may be a minion of the God of War again, or his own evil presence. Diana dreamed of him, briefly, at the start of the issue in another of her ominous nightmares, connecting him to the darkness that threatens Themyscira and the world. I don’t even know if the Duke of Deception moniker will stick, or if he goes by another name and this was just a fun throwback reference; it’s certainly a very tabloidy name. We’ll find out all of that soon, but what I do know is that he’s ominous and I am very intrigued.

Aside from all the Duke of Deception fun, this issue has some KILLER Etta Candy moments. At one point, she declared her destiny: “I’m to travel the world, dazzling the masses with my dulcet tones and savvy entrepreneurial instinct!” She’s a delight, and there’s pages and pages of gold like this. Just go read the book, gang. It’s worth getting this series for Etta alone.

So the villain is starting to become clear, though many questions remain, and Diana is keen to get to the warfront; the Duke is reportedly wielding an amulet that belonged to Hippolyta, which may mean disaster has befallen the Amazons! Things are getting serious! Plus Diana and Etta are heading into Boston next issue, so that should be a lot of fun. This book is so enjoyable.

“Sexuality is Part of her Power”: The 5,000 Year Old Movie Wonder Woman

January 27, 2016

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This month’s Empire magazine has a look inside Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and some new details about the film are starting to make the internet rounds. One new Wonder Woman fact is particularly odd: Apparently in the DC Cinematic Universe, Wonder Woman is 5,000 years old. This makes very little sense to me, since it doesn’t fit into any Wonder Woman origin we’ve ever seen before.

In Wonder Woman’s first origin, Diana was born after the Amazons left the world of men, which is quite a large window. The Amazons left after the betrayal of Hercules, and if we do the math on when Hercules would have been “alive”, it would have been around 1300 BC (I got this number by using the traditional dating for the Trojan War, ca. 1200 BC, and going back a bit because mythologically speaking, Hercules was active a couple of generations before the war). So if Diana was born soon after the Amazons left, at most she would be a little over 3,000 years old, but she could also have been born at any point in time within that 3,000 year span.

In the Silver Age, the origin changed and Diana was alive before the Amazons left BUT Hercules was still a part of it, and in his divine form so it would have been after his mortal life, thus the timing would have been about the same. There’d just be no window, because Diana was already alive; she’d be 3,000 years old.

The Perez relaunch in 1987 used a variation on the Golden Age, Hercules origin, so we’ve got the same window there. The New 52 relaunch has been vague about the Amazons’ origins for the most part, but Wonder Woman Annual #1 revealed that the Amazons left the world of men after an unpleasant meeting with King Kleomenes of Sparta, who reigned around 500 BC. Diana was born sometime after that, when Hippolyta hooked up with Zeus, so we’ve got a 2,500 year window there.

And usually, Diana is portrayed as young. When there’s a window, the timing is always vague but it often seems that she was born near the tail end of that window. So when she becomes Wonder Woman, she’s actually the young woman she resembles and not a perpetually youthful woman who’s centuries old.

So 5,000 years old is new. And REALLY old. Like, around the dawn of civilization old. The city states of Mesopotamia go back more than 5,000 years, but a unified Egyptian kingdom and the very beginnings of civilization in Greece date to around 3000 BC, when Diana would have been born. That’s an interesting connection, in that it lets Diana and the Amazons see the rise of human civilization from the beginning, become unimpressed with it, and separate themselves from the rest of the world; Empire quotes Gal Gadot saying, “Because she’s seen it all, she has seen what humans can do, so it was very hard for her to come back and fight.” So it sounds like we’ve got a Wonder Woman who was active in the early centuries of human civilization, left it, and is now coming back.

Between this and the World War I setting for Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman, I’m concerned that Wonder Woman isn’t going to feel modern or relevant for fans, especially young girls. The kids aren’t much into the suffrage movement these days, much less ancient history. I’ll admit I’m intrigued by the idea a 5,000 year old Wonder Woman who’s seen it all; that’s a comic I’d definitely read. But I’m not yet sold on this as THE cinematic Wonder Woman. I just don’t know if young fans will be into it.

However, Gal Gadot doesn’t look like she’s 5,000 years old, which brings us to the other interesting part of the Empire article. Executive producer Deborah Snyder said of Wonder Woman:

Her sexuality is part of her power, but she is also a feminist icon. Gender has been a hot topic, so it is very timely to bring her back. The way we have approached it, especially in the stand alone movie, that is definitely there. Looking back and doing an origin story – and it is a period piece – see the role of women through history. There is a great source of humour in that now. It is so unbelievable you can’t even fathom it. You are still making a statement, but having some fun with it.

First, let’s start with that sexuality bit. No one ever talks about Batman or Superman’s sexuality, yet here it is front and center with Wonder Woman. And yeah, if you go back to the Golden Age there’s definitely some sexual stuff with Marston and his complicated bondage fetishism/feminist metaphor scene. For about six years, sexuality played a key role for Wonder Woman. In the seventy years since then? Not so much. It’s just not part of who the character is anymore, nor has it been for decades. The only caveat there is when artists objectify her with hyper-sexualized art, and that’s hardly something worth imbuing the character with.

Also, opening with her sexuality before mentioning that she’s a feminist icon? Not so cool. It feels like Snyder is saying, “Don’t worry, she’s still sexy!” Furthermore, her discussion of feminism here is poor. I know it’s just one paragraph, but “gender has been a hot topic” is hardly insightful, and the idea that “there is a great source of humour” in the World War I era is troubling. Yes, today it seems ridiculous that women had to fight for the right to vote. But positioning Wonder Woman in that era to have her counter an antiquated, straw man form of patriarchy is hardly relevant or impactful. Why isn’t she in the present day, tackling the inequality that women still face today? If they have Wonder Woman being all “rah rah suffrage movement” in the 1910s and then saying little to nothing about the state of women’s rights in modern society, they’ll have missed the point of the character entirely.

So, not a lot of great takeaways from that article. We did get that cool picture of Wonder Woman at the top, so that’s something. Also, this may well just be a thousand word over reaction to internet reports about one article, so take all of this with a grain of salt. I just don’t want them to screw up Wonder Woman like they screwed up Superman in Man of Steel, so when people involved say dumb things I get concerned. We’ll find out more when Batman v Superman comes out in March, and then it’s the long wait for Wonder Woman in June 2017.


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