Bruce Timm and Alan Burnett’s Justice League: Gods and Monsters is turning into quite a big to-do. The original animated film isn’t out until July 28, 2015, but it’s already got a further series of animated shorts scheduled, a prequel comic book on the way, and a full animated series set to launch in 2016. DC Entertainment seems to be going all in on this alternate universe tale, which makes sense seeing as Bruce Timm is behind it. Once you’ve created Batman: The Animated Series, folks are going to be keen to back whatever else you want to do.
The alternate universe angle is intriguing. The film’s Superman is the son of General Zod, Batman is Kirk Langstrom, aka. the Man-Bat in most comic book universes but here he’s a vampire, and Wonder Woman is Bekka, one of the New Gods from the planet New Genesis. General Zod and Kirk Langstrom are relatively known characters, but Bekka is a bit more obscure.
She was created in 1984 when Jack Kirby returned to his New Gods with The Hunger Dogs. Bekka’s father was Himon, the creator of the Mother Box, and the two lived in secret on Apokalips, working with insurgents against Darkseid. Bekka fell in love with Orion, Darkseid’s son, and the two returned to New Genesis together. The character was pretty much forgotten for more than twenty years before she appeared in a 2007 arc of Superman/Batman. Bekka has a bit of a romance with Batman as he treks through space to save Superman; the romance is in part fueled by Bekka’s powers, because as the goddess of love she has the ability to induce love from others. Ultimately, she returns to Orion but is then killed in DC’s Death of the New Gods event.
Bekka has been brought back in the New 52 universe, primarily in the Green Lantern lineup. This Bekka is a warrior for Highfather, the ruler of New Genesis, and her emotional manipulation powers come in handy on the battlefield. She’s currently playing a key role in Sinestro as part of the line’s “Godhead” crossover, where she has become a member of the Sinestro Corps.
Bringing in Bekka is a bit of a deep cut for Justice League: Gods and Monsters, but it’s not too surprising since the film’s co-writer Alan Burnett was the writer of the aforementioned Superman/Batman arc. I’m curious to see if the film taps into more of Bekka’s current warrior incarnation. She looks like quite a bad ass in the trailer:
So that’s a fun sign, though the film’s promotional materials have said that she was the wife of Orion, which ties more into her older incarnation. Intentional or not, what we’ve seen thus far looks like a sort of hybrid of the two.
Bekka will be voiced by Tamara Taylor, who is probably best known for her regular role on Bones. She’s also Canadian, so you know she’s cool. I’m curious to see this new take on Wonder Woman, and to find out if Bekka can fill Diana’s shoes in this new universe. The ambition of this project is intriguing, and it will be interesting to see if this new take on these classic characters will catch on with fans. If anyone can make something like this work, it’s Bruce Timm. And it certainly sounds like we’ll have a lot of opportunities to get to know these new characters and this new world.