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Posts tagged Wonder woman

Jul 24 '14

Kimmel on “If Thor is a Woman Why Isn’t Wonder Woman a Man?”

The title of Thor is now going to be held by a woman in Marvel Comics. That, of course, brings up the serious issue of what the world of male superheroes will do with one of theirs gone (and Thor isn’t really “gone” he’s probably just going to have a different name). The reaction to the Thor is a woman now news was treated just as you’d expect in certain parts of the internet. And one of the questions was "Well, then why can’t Wonder Woman be a man?" Which is apparently the underlying reason for this sketch on Jimmy Kimmel in which the humor seems to be “lol dude dressed as a woman but still looks like a dude.” 

On the upside? This is the first live action appearance of Wonder Woman on a big three network TV in 35 years! 

Jul 23 '14

First Look at David Finch’s Wonder Woman

DC Comics announced last month that David and Meredith Finch would be taking over the Wonder Woman title with issue 36. Today the publisher has released the first look at Finch’s pencils for the issue which will come out October. 

While the Wonder Woman book under Azzarello was self-enclosed with little interaction with the rest of the DCU, our first look at the Finch’s book shows that entire JLA appears in the issue.

Jul 4 '14

Happy 4th of July America with Wonder Woman, a Feminist

Equality is a core, fundamental belief at the heart of the Declaration of Independence which was signed 228 years ago today. Yet equality seems to be a court ruling away for anyone who does not resemble those that signed out - white men.

This week saw the United States Supreme Court open the flood gates to vague religious “objections” trumping the rights of women who need perscribed drugs. 

Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote that ”The court, I fear, has ventured into a minefield” due to the Hobby Lobby ruling.

She’s right. And that minefield will be filled with bloodied dead rights of women. And now we have seen this ruling quickly being used to enable employers to deny gays employment.

Which is why I love this portrait of Wonder Woman flying over the United States Capital. I can imagine that she’s flying to have a word with the non-female court justices who voted for the small-minded hypocrites of the Hobby Lobby. 

Of course, this won’t really happen.

Wonder Woman is, we know, a fictional creation. She and her likeness is owned by a large multinational corporation who can choose to do with her what they wish.

But you can’t have things both ways.

Wonder Woman is not just a “superhero” in the same way that Batman and Superman are. She is more than that and they know it. Her likeness is sold to hundreds of companies around the world to be emblazoned onto merchandise targeted and sold to women and girls bringing in invisible planes full of cash.

The reason they can do this and do do this is because Wonder Woman is viewed as a sign of female empowerment and equality. 

She is a symbol that says women are equal to men. 

She says that women can do what men can do.

She doesn’t Lean In, she breaks the door down and cracks the ceiling.

She is a feminist.

Denying this denies the DNA of the character.

Side-stepping this or attempting to not say “Feminist” communicates a lack of understanding of the character and suggest some concerning issues around a view of women.

This is not about one writer not saying one thing.

This is a larger issue of seeing the connection of feminism with Wonder Woman as a problem.

By not using and avoiding the word it supports the demonization of the word. It helps give life to the concept of things like “Femi-Nazi”

And people who own the character and reap the rewards of marketing that character as an embodiment of female power and equality of should realize the hypocrisy of this.

I don’t want to hear about a Wonder Woman is strong and beautiful and wise and loving and fierce without hearing the word feminist too.

I’ve heard and read some horrible things about women and the concept of feminism over the last few days both on my blog and on other sites. Not only about Wonder Woman issue but the Supreme Court’s ruling as well. 

What better way to communicate the positive aspects of feminism than to reinforce that the pop culture symbol of female empowerment is a feminist by having the executives of the company who own her simply state it.

I’ll be here waiting.

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Portrait of Wonder Woman by Steve Rude

Jul 2 '14

Comics to Read, July 2 in Which I Make Everything About Wonder Woman!

This week is a holiday week so a little slower than usual but there are still a few picks to peruse. I hope you all had a chance to download or maybe listen a bit to newest episode of 3 Chicks Review Comics as we dicuss the trade of Velvet which is out this week. 

And on to this week and we have a comic I can’t wait to read.

Hey, did you know Wonder Woman is a feminist? Just checking. This is written by Sholly Fisch who also wrote the Superfriends comic which included one of the best portrayals of Wonder Woman I’ve read in despite it being targeted to children. Go figure.

Speaking of Wonder Woman she’s in this last (sniff!) issue of Superman Unchained. You know who would write a good Wonder Woman? Scott Snyder. Who wants a Wonder Woman mini by Snyder? Raise your hands!

This is closes the book’s second arc and like every issue before it is terrific. Forever finally sees the battle that’s been teased for the last few issues and we find out what happens to the Barret family. Forever Carlyle is one of my favorite female characters in comics right now. Hey, you know who wrote a good Wonder Woman? Greg Rucka.

This is a bit gory but if you are a fan of Hannibal or like tales of spooky towns (i.e. half of the X-Files episodes) you’ll enjoy this tale of a town that spawns a great many serial killers. You know who is NOT a serial killer? Wonder Woman is not a serial killer.

Why wouldn’t you read this? OMG, BUCKTASHA! Natasha and Wonder Woman - friends? Discuss.

The first issue was a suprise for me - I really enjoyed it. The second issue continues the fun but then again this is Mark Waid. Who has also written Wonder Woman, with mixed results.

This is the one comic both my kids have asked for over the past few months. The movie is gonna make about a trillion bucks. Oh and this. 

I am really enjoying this series but there’s something in today’s issue that just made me go:

You’ll see. Also Wonder Woman is not in this.

And that’s it for me. There are a few others I may pick up after flipping through them at the LCS. 

What’s on your list?

Jul 1 '14

New Wonder Woman Creator Seems Iffy on the Whole “Feminist” thing

Yesterday DC Comics announced that David Finch and his wife Meredith would be the new creative team on Wonder Woman. While I’ve already expressed concerns about Mr. Finch’s art and the short writing resume of Ms. Finch, there is now another  much bigger concern. 

In an interview today with CBR Finch stated:

Really, from where I come from, and we’ve talked about this a lot, we want to make sure it’s a book that treats her as a human being first and foremost, but is also respectful of the fact that she represents something more. We want her to be a strong — I don’t want to say feminist, but a strong character. Beautiful, but strong.

I can’t imagine another character about which you wouldn’t want to say she’s a feminist. The character’s creation, her history, her every single quality is derived from feminism. To not want to say “feminist” about her is like saying you don’t want to say “alien” about Superman or “orphan” about Batman. It is part of the character’s DNA.

As you can imagine that quote didn’t go over well. So a few hours later Mr. Finch tried to qualify it.

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Say what? 

Feminists ARE human. Feminists ARE Fallible. Feminists ARE Real.

I’m sure this is just a misunderstanding. I would be shocked if the person heading the creative team of Wonder Woman would not understand this.

Because any person who cannot acknowledge and state clearly that Wonder Woman is a feminist and understands what feminism is has no business being near the character.

Jun 30 '14

DC Comics Names New Creative Team for Wonder Woman

DC Comics announced today the new creative team for Wonder Woman. David Finch will draw the book. His wife, Meredith, who has previously co-written a comic for Zenescope, will follow in the footsteps of Brian Azzarello and join Gail Simone, Jodi Picoult, Mindy Newell in a line of female writers who have penned the character. 

The writers state in an interview with USA Today, “We wanted to make her a little more flawed. She doesn’t always necessarily have the answers.”

The team believe having woman write the book will attract more female readers. Finch states, “I love the idea that it’s a woman writing a woman because we’re trying to appeal to more female readers now.”

Below is Finch’s artwork provided with the announcement. 

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As an artist David Finch brings a fan base of readers but also a reputation for drawing women that look like children or a posed Escher style. One of Finch’s previous drawings of Wonder Woman went viral when some showed  male DC characters were posed similarly.

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Bringing more female writers into the DCU is always a positive. That said its is rare that the gig of regular writer on one of the big three is given to someone who has so little experience as Meredith Finch. One could point to Jodi Picoult who took on Wonder Woman for several issues a decade ago but that opportunity came after having written several best selling books.

During Azzarello’s run he openly discussed his resistance to resisting interference in his book specifically around having Superman in the book as Wonder Woman’s love interest. 

With an untested writer on-board and an artist who falls far squarely into the “house style” preferred by senior management at the book, it won’t be a surprise to see the Wonder Woman book pulled into the overall DCU again and the “Super romance” incorporated into her book.

Of course, the book could be wonderful. But given the team presented probably not for me.

What do you think of the team?

(Source: USA Today)

Jun 26 '14

Travel in Style with Wonder Woman

Have a little travel to do this summer? What better way to travel than with Wonder Woman backpacks now available at Pottery Barn

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Oh you like traditional roller bags?

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They’ve got. Mind you it’s kid size.

And if you aren’t traveling anywhere but to work or school they have these as well:

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They also have a metal water bottle and hot meal container

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They also have Batman stuff. It’s Pottery Barn so it’s not cheap but this is one of the largest Wonder Woman collections I’ve seen in a while.

Go to it!

h/t to reader Michelle!

Jun 23 '14

Another Day, Another “Inside Scoop” on Wonder Woman’s Movie Costume

Now that the movie has a title the big question about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice:

WWWWW?*

A few weeks ago we had rumors that she would wear the Jim Lee design from the JMS run.

Given the response to that costume which featured pants along with the response to the Disco Queen outfit designed for Adrianne Palicki for the failed NBC pilot (which also featured pants) I was pretty sure they wouldn’t with pants. 

When the new 52 came around DC went back and forth on whether she would wear pants. In fact at one point promotional materials had her with pants again.

But more interesting it our WWWWW discussion is the costume that the creators wanted her to wear. Here is what Cliff Chiang originally designed for her.

And that costume would appear to be a very, very close representation of what was reported by JoBlo today:

The description of the outfit from our source uses the term “badass” on multiple occasions. This Wonder Woman is ripped right from the comics and has a “traditional, yet sleeker” costume that’s “battle ready.” She’ll have a blue leather skirt, silver-armored cuffs that reach to her elbows, golden tiara (with a design of some sort in the center, possibly the red star) and a variation of the traditional-looking red top (no word on additional armor on it). Her overall appearance is described as “Amazon warrior princess” and definitely not an urban reimagining. She’s there to kick ass and that’s readily apparent. Word is that WB is getting a VERY positive response on her appearance to those they’ve shown it to.

Pretty close, huh?But wait there’s more! She’ll 

have no less than FOUR weapons, including shield, sword, spear, and of course, the traditional lasso. It’s also noted that she will wear the shield on her back, Captain America style, when not in use.

The cool thing about Chiang’s design is her lasso is in her hair. I love that.
What do you think? Do you like the idea of Wonder Woman carrying a bunch of weapons? Do you like the idea of a skirt? What do you think Wonder Woman should wear?
*What Will Wonder Woman Wear?

(Source: joblo.com)

Jun 16 '14
Summer’s Coming; Make Sure you Have a Wonderful Drink Every Day
Target has several superhero themed drinking items now in stock and I was happy to find quite a few featuring Wonder Woman. Not one but five different items feature her. My favorite is the Mason Jar on the far left which is now sitting on my desk. 

Summer’s Coming; Make Sure you Have a Wonderful Drink Every Day

Target has several superhero themed drinking items now in stock and I was happy to find quite a few featuring Wonder Woman. Not one but five different items feature her. My favorite is the Mason Jar on the far left which is now sitting on my desk. 

Jun 14 '14

DC Entertainment’s Diane Nelson Addresses the Female Problem of DC - Just You Wait

Four years ago during San Diego Comic Con, DC Comics had a PR crisis when it was called out for both the lack of female creators and treatment of female characters in its “New 52 reboot.”

As the issue swirled through the blogosphere and media, the co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan Didio addressed the issue. 

This was certainly not the first time DC Comics had been criticized about its treatment of female characters. The term “Women in Refrigerators” took its name from the fate of character in Green Lantern.

Over the past three years, DC Comics has faced additional criticism for its treatment of female characters both in the pages of its comics and from the lack of female characters in the lead of its film and TV properties - particularly Wonder Woman. 

This year saw DCE successfully bring to television multiple TV projects including The Flash spin-off from Arrow, Constantine and Gotham which starred white male characters.

In the meantime Wonder Woman has been referred to as a problem character multiple times by spokespeople and executives at DCE and Warner Bros including DCE head Diane Nelson calling her “tricky”

Yesterday at Warner Bros. stockholder meeting a shareholder brought up the topic. Diane Nelson addressed the question and here is what the THR is reporting was said:

"At DC Entertainment, we talk frequently about how we heighten the presence of female storytellers and creators with our comic books — digital and physical. How do we bring the female characters to light more?" she noted.

More female characters are coming in both TV and film “built with the potential to be spun off,” she said. “It’s something we’re very conscious of. We have more work to do. But I think if we talk again in a couple of years, you’ll be pleased with the results.”

Well, I admit it, it sure is nice to hear they are “conscious” of the issue. And given the focus of this blog I’m certainly glad to hear the “female problems” of DC Comics have enough gravitas to be addressed in a stockholder meeting (rather than just being in my “feminazi nutjob mind as I’ve been told by any amount of commenters).

But it is surprising to hear “just you wait” as an answer some three years after SDCC ‘11. Honestly, I tried to tell you about this three years ago. 

Certainly DC Comics has made an effort to address some of there female problems. They have hired more female creators even cracking the glass ceiling on its top book, Batman. They also have launched a number of female led books.

So let’s give credit for the good things.

But at we still have things like "Bombshell variant month", Wonder Woman rebooted into Superman’s girlfriend, the Amazon’s history being turned into a feminist nightmare (BTW this issue is addressed in Bitch Magazine this month so go pick it up), and there ongoing and artwork of their female characters which is both bad and distracting.

Perhaps Nikki Finke is right and you will announce a Wonder Woman movie in a few weeks. And maybe we will see a full slate of female led pilots for DCE next year. 

After all we know women go to the movies more than men. We know that the myth of female led films not doing blockbuster money is really a myth. And we know that women are the fastest growing demographic of comic reader.

As I’ve said many times, the money is sitting on the table. But move quickly, there are other hands out for it beyond DC.

Jun 10 '14

It’s Not a Scrunchy but These Wonder Woman Headbands are Still Very Cool

As this illustration by Kevin Warren makes clear, when Wonder Woman gets down to do some real ass kicking she brings out the scrunchie.

(via The Mary Sue)

But if one chooses to not use the useful but much derided hair accessory you could use these headbands from UnderArmour.

They also have Batgirl and Supergirl headbands. They say girls sizes but I found them in the women’s department so I’m not sure how big they run.

If you do still enjoy a hair tie, sadly Under Armour seems to only offer those for Batgirl and Supergirl

I saw these in Sports Authority and it looks like they are available online as well.

May 31 '14

And Here’s a Look at the Wendy’s Wonder Woman Toys

Earlier I posted about Wendy’s offering Superman and Wonder Woman toys and a free online comic as part of its Kids meals this month. And now here is a look at the Wonder Woman toys they are offering. The Wendys I visited had lots of DC swag up including decals with either Superman or Wonder Woman on the checkout counters. And of course the display case of toys.

Here’s the bag the meal comes in:

Here’s the Wonder Woman Toss set. You have to knock down Wonder Woman or Superman with a disc.

And here’s the invisible plane unassembled:

And assembled!

I chose not to include the Superman sticker, in my story he is flying in the opposite direction home to Lois.

May 31 '14

Wendy’s Offers Superman and Wonder Woman Toys; Original Comic Book

Wendy’s restaurants are now offering Superman and Wonder Woman toys in their kids’ meals. They are also offering a on-line comic which includes artwork by Marcus To (and of which I say why isn’t he drawing a book for DC right now?)

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You can read an the comic online here. The comic is written at an appropriate level for kids and has the two superheroes teaming up against Braniac. The story avoids the romance of the new 52 and instead focuses on their friendship sealed with a handshake. But that doesn’t mean there are some concerns about the way women are portrayed, but then you knew I was going to go there didn’t you?

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May 23 '14

Wonder Woman’s “Sensation” Comes to Digital Comics; Five Reasons This is Important

Earlier this week DC Comics announced a new digital first series, Sensation Comics starring Wonder Woman, will launch in August. I’ve long known that DC was working on a digital Wonder Woman series. But what I didn’t know was just how important the series would be. Here’s some thoughts on why it’s important and good news for Wonder Woman.

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(BTW this is “variant cover” by Phil Jimenez which is another of his amazing montages. If you remember he did one for Wonder Woman’s 600th as well).

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May 16 '14

Wonder Woman September Solicit and Animated Lentricular cover

DC released their solicits for their September Futures End comics today. Once again they will have lentricular covers for the month but some of them weren’t ready. So I animated some for you.

Her humanity lost forever, Wonder Woman embraces her true nature as the God of War to battle the armies of Nemesis!

Cover by:
Tom Raney
Inker
Rags Morales
Penciller
Rags Morales
Written by:
Charles Soule