First off, don’t be confused by the headline like I was when I first saw this reported on Bleeding Cool. David Fincher, all-star director, is unfortunately not taking over a Wonder Woman project of some sort, though that would be awesome. Instead, David Finch, a T&A heavy artist, is supposedly taking over the Wonder Woman comic book after Azzarello and Chiang wrap up their run this summer.
If this report turns out to be true, and I very much hope it does not, that is some unfortunate news. Finch isn’t a terrible artist, but he’s not great with women. You might remember his variant cover to Justice League #1, where Wonder Woman was all sexily posed:
And short, for some reason. Batman’s towering over her. But at least this cover inspired this fantastic response from artist Kelly Turnbull, who put the rest of the Justice League in Wonder Woman’s pose:
That makes me laugh every time I see it.
You may also recall his recent work on Justice League of America, where Catwoman’s zipper went all the way down near her navel in nearly every scene. Decisions like that make me question whether he’d be a good fit for Wonder Woman.
The Bleeding Cool report doesn’t specify whether Finch is just drawing the book or writing it as well, but I really, really, really hope he’s not writing. When he co-wrote Batman: The Dark Knight, well, just look; this is the sort of character he came up with:
Bleeding Cool also mentions that Wonder Woman will likely be more in line with her Justice League portrayal, meaning that the Superman romance will be front and center, which is the worst. There’ll likely be more tie-in to big events as well. I’ve enjoyed having Wonder Woman off in her own corner of the DC universe, as much as I’ve had my issues with the book over the past couple years, and I really don’t want to see it more integrated with the rest of DC’s line.
Finch is a good artist, and quite decent in dark, moody books that feature characters with big, dramatic capes, but I don’t think he’d be a good fit for Wonder Woman at all. His track record for writing and drawing women isn’t great, and his style just doesn’t fit her world in any way that I would want to see it, especially after Chiang has thrown down such a gorgeous, definitive run. I’m crossing my fingers that the rumour is wrong, but knowing DC it’s probably true.