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Posts tagged Wonder Woman

Mar 8 '14

More Kick Ass Awesomeness from Brian Stelfreeze!

Earlier this week I posted some warm-up work by Brian Stelfreeze. They including some pieces for last week’s them of Black History month as well as this week’s theme which is “DC WOMEN WHO KICK ASS. Here are a few more from this week:

Wonder Woman - look at those muscles!

Power Girl - nice to be able to post all of her today.

And, finally, Oracle.

Amazing art.

Mar 8 '14

Today is International Women’s Day

And like every year I think the best way to celebrate is with Wonder Woman because as artist Sarah Satrun says:

Mar 3 '14

Brazil Brings You the Team-Up You’ve Hoped For, Carnival Style

DC and Marvel are unlikely to do any more crossovers anytime soon so we will be unlikely to see the most red, white and blue comic team-up of all time - Wonder Woman and Captain America. The two are a popular pair in fan art including this piece by the Black Cat.

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But now we have the most fabulous team up of all of the two superheroes.

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Feb 27 '14

The Puzzling Lack of Kid-Friendly Wonder Woman Comics

During the last few days I’ve been asked about two Wonder Woman items a number of times. The possible new creative team is one and I’ll be putting together some thoughts on that. Second, is my reaction to this post on CBR, "My 10 Year-Old Daughter Couldn’t Care Less About Wonder Woman."

It’s a good read so go take a look. She notes that Wonder Woman is not pervasive as a role model for girls in pop culture is absolutely true. She hasn’t had a TV show in 35 year; has never a big screen movie; she has had not ever had a kid friendly comics that focus exclusively on her. And there are so few kid’s toys that feature Wonder Woman that I have written entire posts on them when they show up. By contrast if I did that for, say, Batman there would be an entire blog devoted to it. Oh wait, there is one.

And I absolutely agree with the writer’s concern about her daughter not caring about Wonder Woman. Wonder Woman is a great character for girls - powerful, wise, smart and, when written correctly, one who chooses peace over war and love over hate. One who fights for good and equality. Plus she has an invisible plane. Who wouldn’t want to be like her?

Obviously this little girl does.

So I have to ask, “so why isn’t there a Wonder Woman all-ages comic?” 

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Feb 22 '14

Happy Birthday Cliff Chiang!

Today is the birthday of one of my favorite comic artists - Cliff Chiang. I’m lucky to own two pieces by him.

Wonder Woman, of course

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And a combo Batgirl and Oracle.

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I’ve met Cliff a few times and he always a joy to speak with. So let’s all wish him a happy day and let’s revel in some of his other wonderful portraits of DC women.

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Canary!

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Birds of Prey!

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Babs as Prince! (I’ve got an autographed one of these)

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Supergirl!

Poison Ivy (fixed!)

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Fire!

One of things I appreciate about Cliff is ability to dress women realistically and wearing clothing from the current decade:

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Here are Barbara Gordon, Zatanna and Wonder Woman out for a night on the town.

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Zatanna on a couch. I have those boots.

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Wonder Woman out for the night.

And finally maybe my favorite Chiang piece:

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Feb 19 '14

You Want All These Posters, Don’t You?

Check out these awesome posters of DC Women from vendor "Geek My Wall" which uses Typography to create new ways to look at some of our favorite characters.

'Of all people, you know who I am… …who the world needs me to be. I'm Wonder Woman.”

”I don’t know about you, Miss Kitty, but I feel so much yummier.”

"Oh, come on, Puddin’! Don’t you wanna rev up your Harley? Vroom vroom!”

”You know you can’t resist me. No man can.”

Along with posters they are selling t-shirts as well and they have much more than comic characters.

Feb 18 '14

Wonder Woman May Cover and Solicit

Wonder bondage Cliff Chiang style!

WONDER WOMAN #31
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art by GORAN SUDZUKA
Cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 BATMAN ‘66 variant cover by MICHAEL ALLRED
On sale MAY 21 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
An unlikely ally arrives on the eve of the Battle for Olympus… but standing by Wonder Woman’s side is a deadly place to be!

 

Feb 14 '14
Wonder Woman Wants You!
This is how Wonder Woman looked on the Justice League Valentines from Target last year, btw. Just putting it out there for anyone who posted in this fustercluck.

Wonder Woman Wants You!

This is how Wonder Woman looked on the Justice League Valentines from Target last year, btw. Just putting it out there for anyone who posted in this fustercluck.

Feb 2 '14

Here’s Your New Wonder Woman “Twerking”

We have been told that Gal Gadot is undergoing an “intense” preparation to prepare for her role as Wonder Woman in “Not yet Named 2016 Man of Steel Sequel.” In an interview the actress said she was beginning

A very serious training regime – Kung Fu, kickboxing, swords, jujutsu, Brazilian…1,000 and 1 things…I’ll gain body mass.

One thing she won’t have to train doing is “Twerking”* (NOTE: see update below) because as you can see in the ad for Castro Jeans that is running in Israel right now - she’s very, very good at it.

* A number of people have stated that what Gadot is doing isn’t twerking - my use of “twerking” in this post is because the commercial uses it. I do agree - she isn’t twerking thus I have updated this post to put the world twerking in quotations marks.

Feb 2 '14
That time the DCU Went Dancing
It’s old school costume time as much of the DCU goes out dancing in this piece by J. Lonergan. I don’t think I’ve ever like Aquaman more.

That time the DCU Went Dancing

It’s old school costume time as much of the DCU goes out dancing in this piece by J. Lonergan. I don’t think I’ve ever like Aquaman more.

Jan 23 '14

Target Valentines’ Merchandise Features Wonder Woman and Others

In my list of the Best for DC Women in 2013 I listed the agreement between WB/DC and Target for Justice League Merchandise for putting Wonder Woman merchandise into their product mix. And they have once again for Valentines Day.

First the good. I found two Wonder Woman solo items for the February holiday. First, Wonder Woman lollipop:

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Cute! Also they had a variety of water bottles filled with candy with the League logos. I flipped through lots of Bat and Supe logos until I happily found this:

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Given the overbundance of purple and pink in the summer offerings I was surprised and please to see some primary colors here.

And then I went and looked at the Valentine cards - the type that grade school kids exchange. For the past few years its been pretty spotty for the ladies of DC Comics when it comes to Valentines. Gone are the days when you saw kids given a set where there was parity between female and male heroe like this:

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So the good news is that there is a set with some parity available at Target. But then there’s some … well let’s take a look, shall we?

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Jan 18 '14

While Wonder Woman TV Show Gets Passed On; Marvel Brings Sif to Agents of SHIELD

While DC/WB wrings it hands about how “tricky” Wonder Woman is and other how they JUST HAVE TO GET HER RIGHT (because there are no mulligans for female heroes) Marvel has announced THEIR bad ass superhero goddess is dropping into prime time for a visit.

Marvel has announced that Jaime Alexander will appear on the show in February for role integral to the plot. 

It’s not that hard, people. 

Jan 18 '14

Wonder Woman Will Most Likely Pass Her 75th Anniversary in Comics without a Planned Movie

In case you missed it last night Warner Bros. announced that the Man of Steel sequel currently unnamed but commonly referred to as “Batman vs. Superman” has hit a snag. The film will now debut in May 6, 2016 almost a year after its planned debut of July 17, 2015.  No word yet on how the existing movies on the slate for Affleck and Amy Adams will effect that change.

I’ll be blunt - this is not good for DC Comics or Warner Bros.

It means that WB/DCE will have no movie exploiting its superhero IP for three years after Man of Steel. It means that the film that they are hanging every hat that DC has in superhero IP on a date that will directly conflict with a Marvel superhero movie. Marvel who has gotten the trick of making superhero movies down to being able to do it with their eyes closed.

So not good.

Now let’s talk about Wonder Woman.

The delay also means that Wonder Woman will not see celluloid until just around the middle of her 75th year of creation. As the theory and utterings from the studio have gone it’s Superman Sequel, Justice League Movie and then maybe, just, maybe, you’ll see a Wonder Woman movie. And that’s if the person cast as Wonder Woman works out. I’ve already expressed concerns about that.

So basically Wonder Woman gets for the 75th anniversay of her comic debut in December 1941 an extended guest appearance in a Superman sequel. My hope was, of course, that WB/DC was serious when they talked about getting a Wonder Woman movie made and that we’d get a green light after the debut of Batman vs. Superman around July/August of 2015 so that there would be possibly a movie on slate.

That’s not going to happen. In fact right now given this delay and the clown car approach that the studio seems to taking with shoving characters and actors into the movie, I’m even more concerned about the movie than before.

On one hand, perhaps they figured out they had a problem and want more time to get it right. On the other hand, what’s going on that they are so unable to do this without problems? Marvel can do it. Fox can do it with their Marvel characters they have rights to. Really, what is the problem?

What makes this even more disappointing is that the CW announced this week they had buried any plans for a Wonder Woman TV show. That means, for all intents and purporses, Wonder Woman has nothing except this movie for multimedia. What other network is going to do this? NBC as already had their experience with the shittastic David E. Kelley show. ABC is all in on Marvel. CBS? Doubt it. Perhaps Fox might take a chance given their plans for a Gotham (aka “Smallville w/Batman)?

The frustating thing about the CW killing plans on Wonder Woman is that they used the same language that everyone uses about Wonder Woman “need to be very careful.” But it seems they are willing to work to get shows like Arrow “right” and the Flash “right” - but with Wonder Woman its “eh, tired, let’s go find some dude to give show to.”

Marvel, of course, has yet to have any female led superhero movie. And may not have one by the time Wonder Woman does. But they will have a Jessica Jones TV show. And they may have a Peggy Carter TV show. And they will have had much of their female characters on the big screen - Black Widow will have been in four movies for example. And who knows they may just move forward with a Ms. Marvel movie.

And DC? Well we know about the movie situation. And for TV, let’s see there’s Gotham, Constatine, Arrow, Flash TV shows all already on or green lit for pilots.

While Wonder Woman made her debut in comics in December of 1941, her self-titled comic didn’t debut until the following year. That gives WB/DC still a chance to 1) Get out this movie out on the new time 2) skip the “Let’s put out Justice League first” 3) Prove Gal Godot is as great as they’ve told us and that’s she’s able to headline a big budget movie 4) pull together a movie that overcomes the memes of “tricky” to debut mid year 2017 to mark the debut of Wonder Woman #1.

I think Wonder Woman has the same thoughts on that happening as I do.

Jan 15 '14

CW Says No to Wonder Woman TV Show

While Batman has multimedia projects dropping out of his utility belt (oh and that Jim Gordon show? It’s about Batman) and the Flash (that’s right the Flash) is getting his own TV show and probably his own movie, it doesn’t seem like Wonder Woman can get anything other than an extended guest appearance in a Superman movie sequel. 

Today the CW, who has Arrow and soon The Flash, said that it has officially left for dead the Amazon show it first announced last year. That show would have focused on a young Wonder Woman. According to the THRCW president Mark Pedowitz said “we did not go through with it.”

Why you may ask? The script. 

"It all depends on the script. We were very careful with Arrow and we’re being very careful with Flash,” Pedowitz said of the Stephen Amell series and Grant Gustin Flash pilot in the works at the network. “These are iconic characters so we’re going to be very careful with Wonder Woman. You only get one shot before you get bit.”

Funny how those scripts work out out for the, um, not female led shows.

Oh did I mention that the Constantine pilot was green lit?

I wonder what the secret is for scripts being turned in for that rumored Peggy Carter show and the Netflix Jessica Jones show Marvel’s got going on? 

Oh well, we still have Wonder Woman finally appearing on the big screen in not her own movie! 

Jan 10 '14

The Best of 2013 for DC Women

Well that year happened. But before we continue on with the new year, I’m taking a look, as in past years, at the good and the bad for the women of DC Comics. This year I’m starting with the best because POSITIVITY! So let’s take a look back at 2013 and see what were some moments that made me happy. Click to look at 20102011 and 2012 picks.

And here we go!

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