Now that Comic Con 2013 has wrapped up in San Diego, it’s time to sift through the piles of announcements and panels and find out what’s new and exciting for Wonder Woman. It turns out, not a lot. Barely anything in fact. There’s lots of news for everyone else, but things were pretty quiet for Wonder Woman.
Let’s start with the comics. First, we got a look at the fully coloured, foldout cover for Superman/Wonder Woman #1, so that’s something I suppose:
But then people started talking about Superman/Wonder Woman and it all turned into a big downer. First, the book was part of the Superman panel, because there was a Superman panel and not a Wonder Woman panel because there’s never ever a Wonder Woman panel. Then, Charles Soule described the book as “epic punching – things that are dangerous and huge always get in the way of their romance”, which sounds sort of terrible. Finally, in describing the book at Sunday’s “Meet the Co-publishers” panel, Dan DiDio stated:
We want to keep building on Superman’s legend and lore. We also wanted to build on the story of this relationship. It’s a centerpiece of the New 52 to show we’re in a new area.
That’s right, SUPERMAN’s legend and lore, not Wonder Woman’s. I guess Wonder Woman just happened to be the nearest woman to Superman when they decided he needed a new romance story so he could have another book to punch things in.
Anyway, the news wasn’t so hot on the comics front, so let’s turn to the movies. Marvel certainly made a big splash with the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron announcement. Plus their panel featured a lot of ladies: Scarlett Johannson, Cobie Smulders, Emily Van Camp, Karen Gillan, and Zoe Saldana were all onstage. While none of them are the leads of the movies, that’s a lot of gals compared to the Warner Bros. panel, where they announced that the Man of Steel sequel would be a Superman/Batman team-up. Not Justice League. No Wonder Woman movie on the horizon. Just two dudes. AND DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson called a Wonder Woman adaptation “tricky” in an interview last week, so it sounds like there might not be a Wonder Woman movie any time soon.
On the positive side, there was a rumour that they’d announce a Flash movie for 2016, and that was never mentioned. If they had, the internet probably would’ve collectively lost its mind; a Flash movie before a Wonder Woman would just be insane. But yeah, it’s Superman and Batman next AND it sounds like they’re going to fight. Man of Steel was an absolute trainwreck, so I can’t even imagine how terrible this next one is going to be. I look forward to the inevitable Clark/Lois/Bruce love triangle.
However, there was one fun piece of Wonder Woman news. In the upcoming The Lego Movie, Wonder Woman will be voice by Cobie Smulders, a fun choice considering she was Joss Whedon’s pick to play her when he was working on his ill-fated live action Wonder Woman movie. So that’ll be cool! Probably brief, but cool.
All in all, it wasn’t a great Comic Con for Wonder Woman. She got massively overshadowed by Superman at the comic panels, and in all of the recaps I read they only ever talked about Superman/Wonder Woman and didn’t mention her solo title. Then Batman’s set to get his THIRD film franchise reboot before Wonder Woman even gets one movie. Luckily we’ve got Lego, at least. Lego is always fun.