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Wonder Woman Footage From Last Night’s “Dawn of the Justice League” Special

January 20, 2016

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The CW aired a look at DC’s upcoming movie slate last night, hosted by Kevin Smith because for some reason Warner Bros. thinks that Kevin Smith is someone that people want to listen to? I don’t know what was up with that. We got more footage from each of this year’s new releases; Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice still looks pretty dumb and Suicide Squad still looks intriguing. I’d be far more interested in the latter than the former, if Wonder Woman wasn’t in the former, looking so dang cool.

Speaking of which, they showed a few seconds of Wonder Woman footage from the upcoming film currently shooting in England! And it looked pretty good, too. Here’s the full clip of their Wonder Woman segment:

And here are most of the key moments in GIF mode:

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There weren’t a ton of details in the footage, but it all looked cool. I thought that the foggy, wooded scenes were maybe Themyscira, but I’m pretty sure it’s just England, given the dudes in the mix on the horses. Plus, they JUST cast Hippolyta, so I doubt they’ve even shot any Themyscira scenes yet. There’s a fight scene with some soldiers that was very fun, and Diana is classy and fun in her old school garb and glasses. Gal Gadot really does look great as Wonder Woman all around. All of the snippets of footage we’ve seen of her in Batman v Superman and Wonder Woman have been fantastic.

We got some insight into how they’re approaching the character as well. Her film is going to be an origin story, though we didn’t get information about which one; rumours are it will be her New 52 origin, but everyone was vague. Gal Gadot said of the film, “We’re gonna see her coming of age, the entire history, what’s her mission,” so it should establish her roots pretty solidly, whatever they may be in this incarnation.

On the Amazons, Geoff Johns explained that:

The Amazons were once created to protect man’s world but they since abandoned it, and Diana is asking constantly, “Why don’t we go do what we were created to do and protect man?” and they say, “Because they’re not worth it.” And this takes her on a journey into our world.

Which I have mixed feelings about. The “created to protect man’s world” thing isn’t something we haven’t seen a lot. It was sort of an angle in the George Perez era in the 80s, but there was more too them then that. And “they’re not worth it” feels overly simplistic; the Amazons always leave the world of men under unpleasant, complicated circumstances. I may be reading too much into a brief and obviously heavily edited snippet, but I don’t think that Johns captured the essence of the Amazons well there.

Johns also doubles down on the martial angle we’ve been seeing with her constant sword wielding:

She’s an Amazon warrior, she’s the best fighter in the DC universe. She has strength and speed and she’s been training her whole life for war.

Now don’t get me wrong, I love an ass kicking Wonder Woman, but there’s so much more to the character than that. Luckily, Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins gets it:

The greatest thing about Wonder Woman is how good and kind and loving she is, yet none of that negates any of her power.

High five to Patty Jenkins for GETTING IT. This was the most encouraging bit of the segment for me. I love that the film has someone at the helm who understands that Wonder Woman is more than just a warrior, and that love and kindness are her primary motivations. I feel like that bodes well for the movie.

Also, Chris Pine remains a delight. I didn’t love his casting originally, but he is SO on board with making Wonder Woman the awesome hero he should be. In all of his press lately he seems excited and proud to get to be a part of the film, and in the special he said, “Telling a story like this now is pivotal and important, this story of a very powerful woman.”

Finally, while the segment was pretty vague on plot details for Wonder Woman, I think I caught something that might have showed who the villain is. In a segment where Kevin Smith and Geoff Johns talked about DC villains, they showed artwork of the bad guys, all of them connected to either Batman v Superman or Suicide Squad, but there was also this brief image:

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That’s Ares, the God of War, as drawn by George Perez. And Wonder Woman, of course. Since everyone else they showed is connected to a movie in some way, presumably Ares is going to play a part in Wonder Woman. Which makes sense, given the World War One setting; it’s an environment ideal for a God of War.

Overall, everything I saw has me cautiously optimistic about Wonder Woman! I still think that the World War One setting is weird, and I don’t love making her the old, wise one instead of someone more modern and identifiable for audiences, specifically young girls, but nonetheless it’s a new angle for the character that could prove interesting. Gal Gadot looks the part, the brief action was cool, and Patty Jenkins seems like a great choice to direct the project. I’m still shocked and delighted that this is actually happening, and all of the clips from the special have me excited for what’s to come.

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I’m Not Going To Watch Comic Book Men Anymore OR Epic Second Chance Fail

February 20, 2012

I did not care for the first episode of Comic Book Men at all, but much like not judging a book by it’s cover, you shouldn’t judge a TV show by just one episode.  So I tuned in again tonight, to give it a second chance.  I figured that since I’m a total comic book geek, maybe there would be something in the second episode that I found more enjoyable.  I can’t turn my back on my comic book brethren after just one shot, however disheartening it was.

That was a bad call on my part.  There was a 1960s Batmobile, which is always fun, but there were also all manner of jokes concering balls and Giant Sized Man Thing and masturbating in a playground and simulating sex acts with action figures.  Plus, next to ladies at all.  In one cut shot, a female customer says “Oh, awesome” when she’s handed a comic book, and that’s about it for ladies in this episode.

All of that was lame and/or terrible, but there was one scene in particular that epitomizes why I’m never going to watch Comic Book Men again.  Let me describe it to you.

The fellows were doing their podcast bit, and Kevin Smith was talking about the 1960s Batgirl, Barbara Gordon.  He said:

I was a big Batgirl fan because you liked Batman and suddenly this is everything you love about Batman, but you can have sex with it too!!

And, of course, his minions guffawed.

So Batgirl is cool because you can have sex with her.  Ugh.  Way to reduce a cool and fascinating character (she was a superhero AND a Congresswoman for pete’s sake) into a sex object.  Great.

Also, “sex with IT”, not “sex with HER”.  Seriously.

Then Smith related the story of The Killing Joke, where Barbara got shot through the spine by the Joker and was paralyzed.  Smith said:

That made her, I think, even more appealing because you just wanted to take care of her because she’s in a wheelchair.

First off, Barbara Gordon didn’t need ANYONE to take care of her.  She was more independent while paralyzed than most people on the planet with two working legs.

Second, a female character is more appealing when she shifts from a strong, active crimefighter to, in Smith’s mind, a helpless, passive parapalegic who needs your help?  AWFUL.

But it got so much worse.  After Smith said he wanted to take care of a paralyzed Batgirl, that dude who runs the store called out:

Really?  You wouldn’t leave her?

To peals of laughter from the room, followed by several riffs about dumping a paralyzed woman.  This is when I knew I wasn’t going to watch this show ever again.

I just don’t like these people.  I don’t like how their minds work, I don’t like what they find funny, and they upset me with their idiocy and sexism.  Yeah, I said sexism.  The way they talk about women on this show is god awful.  So yeah, I’m done.

On the plus side, I did see an ad for Mad Men tonight.  It’s back March 25th, everybody!!!  WOOHOO!!!  It’s nice to end on a positive note.

A Non-Post About Comic Book Men

February 13, 2012

I watched Comic Book Men tonight.  Now, given that I talk about women in comics a lot, this blog has a fair amount of friendly criticism.  Let’s just say it’s not a topic that comes with a lot of celebrating.  Plus, Before Watchmen was announced the other week and the Earth Two costumes were ugly, and the tone here lately has been a little down.  So I’m not going to talk about Comic Book Men.

Instead, I’m going to talk about my comic book shop, the spectacular Strange Adventures in Halifax, NS.  The people who work there are super nice.  They’re not dicks at all.  They’re friendly to each other, and to customers, and going in to get my comics is always a very pleasant experience.  Oh, we argue from time to time… Dave thought I was absolutely crazy to get Ultimatum a while back, and it turns out he was right.  But they’re always nice.  Also, they’re funny, clever, cool people, and while polite they don’t laugh uproariously at every weak to average joke they hear.

They also employ ladies.  A few, in fact.  And there are ladies just around, like in the background of the shop, perusing and buying things.  The female population of the shop consists of much more than just, say, a nervously laughing horror movie fan.  There are all sorts of women doing all sorts of things.  In fact, they’re having a ladies night at the end of the month!!  If you’re in Halifax on February 29th, you should check it out!!

Never has anyone who worked at Strange Adventures talked to me about which superheroes they’d like to have sex with.  We’ve talked about Archie’s polyamorous relationships and sex in comics generally, but in an interesting, non-creepy way.  They aren’t creepy at all.  They’re a nice, sort of weird but in ways that are awesome group of people who make customers feel welcome, ie. the exact sort of people you want to buy comics from.

Strange Adventures is AWESOME.  It’s the coolest store in the world, and a paradigm for the best that a comics retailer can be.  It’s diverse and inclusive and spending time there just makes you want to come back again.  I LOVE my comic book shop.  And that’s all I have to say about Comic Book Men.

Other than this: You make Mad Men, AMC… MAD MEN.  What the hell?!


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