DC Comics’ March Movie Poster Variant Covers For Wonder Woman #40 And Superman/Wonder Woman #17

DC’s continuing their very successful monthly themed variant cover line this March, and this time it’s going to be covers based on movie posters. So Batgirl as Purple Rain, The Flash as North by Northwest, and Justice League as Magic Mike. They’re certainly drawing from a wide array of film genres and eras. Both Wonder Woman and Superman/Wonder Woman are part of the variant line, with mixed results. Let’s take a look, starting with Superman/Wonder Woman #17 by Gene Ha:


The annoying thing is, this is a very nicely done cover. It captures the Gone with the Wind vibe totally and recreates the poster well. However, I hate it. Wonder Woman is no Scarlett O’Hara and should never be positioned as such. Sue at DC Women Kicking Ass has a great response to this cover, where she points out that there are so many other great couple movies that DC could have used here that presented both characters in a strong way. Instead, we get Wonder Woman being passively carried by Superman in an homage to one of the most useless characters of all time. Not cool.

Here’s the variant cover for Wonder Woman #40 by Bill Sienkiewicz:


Some people are not pleased with Wonder Woman being depicted in an homage to bloodthirsty Spartan warriors in this play on 300, and I definitely take their point. I’m pretty sick of the angry, violent Wonder Woman we’ve been getting so often since the New 52 launched. At the same time, this cover is AWESOME. It just looks super cool. And I certainly find it far less ridiculous that the Gone with the Wind one. So while I don’t love Wonder Woman being presented all violent and blood spattered, I think the execution thereof is kind of impressive.

Both covers will be available in March, and as always you might want to talk to your local retailer beforehand if you want to be sure to get one.

Published by Tim Hanley

Tim Hanley is a comic book historian and the author of Wonder Woman Unbound, Investigating Lois Lane, The Many Lives of Catwoman, and Betty and Veronica: The Leading Ladies of Riverdale.

8 thoughts on “DC Comics’ March Movie Poster Variant Covers For Wonder Woman #40 And Superman/Wonder Woman #17

  1. It kind of kills me that I hate the SM/WW variant because I fucking love Gene Ha’s work and the art on this cover is such a perfect imitation of those kind of old school Hollywood movie posters, but yeah… this was just a bad bad choice.

    Now I haven’t bothered to actually go through all the variant covers to make sure if this is true, but I suspect that DC is only using classic movie posters from films owned by Warner Bros. in which case two of the three alternative ideas suggested by Sue would never be in play. Still there had to be a better choice than Gone with the Wind.

    1. Totally with you on the Ha cover. It’s great, artistically, just not great for Wonder Woman. That’s a good point about the Warner Bros. thing. Still, they’ve got like a century of movies to pick from! There are a lot of options.

      1. Yeah but I think WB own the rights to the movie on home video or something like that? That is certainly the impression I get when I look up the movie on imdb.

  2. These two covers perfectly summarize how DC sees Wonder Woman nowadays. A ferocious, bloodthirsty warrior woman who can only be tamed by a man more powerful than her. That’s so wrong and sexist generally speaking, but with Wonder Woman in particular, that’s… that’s horrible and revolting across the board. This character was so unique, so special, and she mattered so much for the female readers. How did she get into this mess?! Damn it, the Golden Age was more progressive and respectful!

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