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.