Target and DC/Warner Bros. recentlly announced they had teamed up to offer Justice League licensed merchandise this summer. Now there’s plenty of Justice League merchandise already out there, but what got me excited was that Wonder Woman was going to be featured. If you’ve read this blog over the past 3 years you’ll know its been a bit of an issue of mine to see the Justice League turned into an all male team. So yesterday, the day the merchandise was set to debut, I headed off to Target to take a look.
First stop a mega Target north of Boston (conveniently located near a birthday party my son was attending). The result? Oh there was some Justice League merchandise, but unfortunately it was all in Target’s “dollar stop” and featured the quartet of Batman, Superman, Flash and Green Lantern. No Wonder Woman to be seen. But the second visit to my local Target was more successful with several pieces of merchandise. (Sadly I couldn’t find the snack cup (or any dinnerware that was alluded to). So take a look.
Last week DC showed us the first artwork by Yanick Paquette from Wonder Woman: Earth One, the long, long anticipated take on Wonder Woman by Grant Morrison.
Earlier this week Nathan Fairbairn said on Twitter he is coloring the book (as well as Morrison’s Multiversity.) He also said the book “isn’t due for like a year.” DC has yet to solicit the book but given the release of art and that DC officially announced the book and said “stay tuned to THE SOURCE for more details about WONDER WOMAN: EARTH ONE over the course of the next few weeks!” I had assumed it was arriving this year.
For the announcement, Morrison spoke to Yahoo about the project and, like 90% of what he talks about when interviewed about the book, it involves sex.
“It’s not like a superhero comic. It’s a comic about the sexes and how we feel about one another. And why Wonder Woman kind of represents the best of something, and should be allowed to represent it,” said Morrison. “The Amazons over many thousands of years of living eternally have developed some very strange and ritualized ideas about sex.”
Every time he gives an interview on this book, I start singing this song.
Here’s another look at the artwork (apparently page 6 and 7 from the book)which Morrison says shows:
“Hercules dies!” …”This is the moment where Hippolyta, basically the queen of the Amazons, and the women have been chained up and controlled by Hercules and his men. It’s part of the Greek legend. And she finally turns on him and gets those chains around his neck where they belong.”
Earlier this year CW put on hold the development of the Wonder Woman show prequel Amazon after what I have heard was dissatisfaction with the pilot script. At that time the show was called a maybe for mid-season or Fall of 2014.
We haven’t heard much about it since CW announced that status in January but today at upfronts there was an update. EW is reporting that CW’s Pedowitz said Amazon is still moving foward.
“Oh God yes,” Pedowitz replied, when asked whether the project is still alive. “It’s being redeveloped. We don’t want to produce something” that doesn’t need the franchise justice, he added.
From the sound of that it sounds more like Fall of 2014 but still good to hear it is in development.
Earlier I posted that Target will start offering Justice League branded summer merchandise on May 19. Wonder Woman merchandise will be included and here are your first looks at two pieces.
What better way to lounge through the summer than in a Wonder Woman chair? (That looks kid size to me).
What’s better? Having a snack from your Wonder Woman snack container.
Yes, it’s pink and purple. But it’s Wonder Woman merchandise.
Target has become my go to place to get superhero stuff and I guess they’ll be collecting some more money from me this summer.
Today Target and DC/Warner Bros. announced that starting May 19 there will be more than 50 summer products featuring the full line-up of the Justice League.
The press release states:
Some of the more unexpected items include melamine dinnerware that features a purple and pink-clad Wonder Woman; an apron that transforms the cook into Batman; sand toys that will help beach-goers create Gotham City; and children’s Batman, Wonder Woman and The Flash beach towels that double as capes.
Dinnerware with Wonder Woman on it?
DC’s newest game Infinite Crisis will feature multiple versions of its iconic characters from various Earths. Wonder Woman will have at least three versions including Mecha Wonder Woman, regular old Wonder Woman and Atomic Wonder Woman.
Atomic Wonder Woman? Atomic Wonder Woman.
I will not be the least surprised if Atomic Wonder Woman has her own digital comic in a year.
(Source: New York Post)
While the Smallville TV show included a number of familiar DC faces, the two other members of the Trinity were not seen. But the the spinoff comic Smallville Season 11 has been fixing that. Batman made his debut in the comic last year and now in an upcoming arc, so will Wonder Woman.
Given how great Bryan Q. Miller is at writing female characters, I’ve very excited to see this. And then I read this from an interview Miller gave about the news:
For “Smallville,” I’ve tried to mine and exploit the characteristics that, to me, embody the best of any interpretation of Wonder Woman. Strength. Intelligence, Nobility. And, most importantly, Love. But when we first meet Diana, she isn’t being called “Wonder Woman” just yet. She’s got a very specific mission. There’s a very big reason that she left the island, which we’ll eventually cover. Does she have the bracelets? Oh, yes. Like you see on the cover. And pants, of course. Regarding the rest of her “traditional” look - something tells me she might find her way to a lasso and some armor by the time all is said and done!
Can’t wait! The first issue lands August 14
The long awaited Grant Morrison take on Wonder Woman looks like it may be released soon. Earlier today the first artwork by Yanick Paquette from the 120 page graphic novel was revealed. Additionally Paquette seemed to suggest on Twitter that DC was about to make an announcement about the project. Perhaps it will be part of the August solicits?
Like JMS’ Superman: Earth One and Geoff Johns’ Batman:Earth One, this is an out of continuity take on the character. The project was first to be written by Greg Rucka who had it pulled from him for Morrison. Morrison’s take on Wonder Woman is sure to be interesting because, well, he’s Morrison. But also because almost every interview he’s done on the book has focused on the character’s sex life. In his most recent interview on the project he said he wants to give Wonder Woman “her Va-Va Voom back.”
Oh well, whether I’m eye-rolling on not at that last comment, I’ll be first in line to pick this one up.
And how gorgeous is this art? What do you think?
Even as Phase 2 gets under way with Iron Man 3 and sequels to Thor and Captain America, Marvel is working on Phase 3. Ant-Man, a project to be directed Edgar Wright, has a release date of Nov. 6, 2015. Beyond that, the company is tight-lipped about its plans. Marvel has a writing program it uses as a concept generator and has scripts for Blade and Ms. Marvel features, for example.
Will Marvel get a female led superhero to the screen before DC makes Wonder Woman? I’d say that’s a very real possibility. Marvel makes their standalone hero movies fairly quick and fairly cheap. (Yes, cheap. Go read the article linked above to see the way Marvel squeezes the pennies.) Carol Danvers can easily be worked into an planned movie as well (you’d think Whedon would be going with her rather than Wanda/Scarlet Witch for Avengers but that scripts till has a few spins before it’s done).
DC and Warner Bros. have had so many starts and stops on their superhero franchise let alone trying to get Wonder Woman to the screen that it will be a few years, if ever, before she’ll get a movie (even David Goyer agrees).
So now the most important question, who do you want to see play Carol Danvers?
David Goyer writer of the upcoming Man of Steel, did a AMA on Reddit today. Given Goyer’s role as an architect of the Nolan verse DCU through his stories for the Dark Knight Trilogy in addition to his work on Man of Steel, there were some questions about the other member of the Trinity. And it wasn’t very optimistic.
Three years ago at SDCC the hot rumour was that a David Goyer penned Wonder Woman project would be announced. The good news is her certainly likes the character. When asked which DC hero he would like to film answering, “Hmmm…. Wonder Woman would be cool.”
But then he also stated:
I think Wonder Woman is a very difficult character to crack. More difficult than Superman, who is also more difficult than Batman. Also, a lot of people in Hollywood believe that it’s hard to do a big action movie with a female lead. I happen to disagree with that. But that tends to be the prevailing wisdom. Hopefully, that’ll change in the next few years. Who should play here? No idea..
Not too promising, is it? I think you can take Wonder Woman off your “imminent” Warner Bros. projects that will be announced any time soon.
DC Comics has made available the preview of Wonder Woman #19 and we see some suggested names for Zola’s baby.
Hmm, Steve. What do you think of that?
Tonight, April 15, PBS will air the documentary Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines. I interviewed the director earlier this week and you can read that here.
Let me pause for a second to give ask a favor, PLEASE WATCH THIS DOCUMENTARY. If you follow this blog because you are interested in the things I write about, it is for you. And if you follow this blog just so you can post snarky comments elsewhere, it is also for you! Also please check your local listings. The show is being broadcast as part of the Independent Lens series so you may want to search under that or check this site.
With the documentary airing this week there have been a lot of stories about Wonder Woman and, say, why she has yet to have had a movie.
The Daily Beast in “We Want Wonder Woman” says,
“She’s worn a corset and short shorts, dabbled in bondage and S&M, and bashed goons in the name of feminism for the better part of 70 years. Then why is it that Wonder Woman—the ultimate female superhero and, ostensibly, the only comic book lady that casual fans actuallyknow—can’t ink a movie deal?”
Entertainment Weekly has 10 Super Sexist moments from Wonder Woman’s Vintage Comics. The list stops in 1972 but I can assure there are many, many more.
And with Warner Brothers’ head movie honcho says we may see hints of a shared universe in Man of Steel. Robinov also said “We’ll announce something in the next several weeks that will hopefully position the DC characters and the movies we’re going to be making,”
Just who would play Wonder Woman IF they did a movie? Could it be one of the women tested for the failed Wonder Woman pilot (this years version). Or could it be Gina Carano whose name I’ve heard over and over from readers as a good candidate? Carano certainly physically fits the part and interviewers have been asking her about the role since Haywire. Unfortunately based on her performance in Haywire she needs to work on her acting. Carano, who is ironically dating Henry Cavill, stated to Total Film this month she “absolutely” wants to play the role.
“Actually, I think that would be fascinating if done correctly, if they did it more in a way where they’re humanizing her. She comes from an all-female planet - something the world hasn’t seen. I just think there’s so much story there.”
Let’s hope she spends a bit more time on reading up on the character or Wikipedia before she talks about her again.
And finally I leave you this from spaced-brained on DA. I like both Superman and Wonder Woman but …
Just revealed, the cover to Wonder Woman #19 shows that that Superman/Wonder Woman may not be quite the romance of the century. Here’s the original cover.
What’s on the otherside of the fold? I won’t Kiss and Tell …
Next week PBS will air Wonder Women! The Untold Story of America’s Superheroines that looks at the history, and more importantly, the legacy of Wonder Woman.
I viewed the documentary a few weeks ago and it is a powerful piece that shows why heroic characters like Wonder Woman are so important to society and to young girls and women. It includes interviews with Gloria Steinem, Lynda Carter, Gail Simone and Trina Robbins among others as well as everyday women who have been inspired by the character.
The project has been a labor of love over many years for the film’s director Kristy Guevara-Flanagan. I’ve touched base with her over the years as she’s been funding, creating and showing the film around the country. With the film about to debut to a television audience, she took a few minutes out of her busy schedule to talk about the project.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. announced today that Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox will debut on July 30. DC Entertainment also revealed today some of the cast for the series based on the final crossover series from DC prior to the new 52. In addition to Dana Delany returning as the voice as Lois Lane, Vanessa Marshall will once play Wonder Woman. Kevin Conroy had confirmed his participation as Batman last year.
I was not a fan of much of Flashpoint particularly the Wonder Woman and Lois Lane mini-series but Delaney and consistent artwork may make this a bit more palatable.