WONDER WOMAN #21
Written by BRIAN AZZARELLO
Art and cover by CLIFF CHIANG
1:25 B&W Variant cover by CLIFF CHIANG
On sale JUNE 19 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T
Wonder Woman’s already reeling from the battle of a lifetime. How can she possibly withstand an all-out attack from her eldest brother, the deadly First Born? London’s in ruins, Diana’s family is shattered, and gods old and new will feel the First Born’s wrath!
Long before Joss Whedon gave Marvel the biggest grossing superhero film of all time, he was hired to deliver another superhero movie based on Wonder Woman.
DEADLINE: You’ve had a history with DC. Do you think anyone will ever pull offWonder Woman?
WHEDON: It’s not easy. It’s not a simple trick. The Marvel properties with the exception of Batman who has often been described as the Marvel character in the DC universe are much easier to translate to a modern audience. Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern are so far above us and their powers are amorphous and that makes it 10 times harder. Even when you’re doing a fight, it’s harder to write a fight for Thor than it is for Captain America because he’s that much stronger. I loved what I was doing on Wonder Woman. Clearly I was an excited party of one. I wrote the movie, I felt good about the characters, the structure needed work, I did another outline, they read it and were done. There wasn’t even a phone call.
Well, we know how Warner Bros. has made such smart decisions about their superhero IP over the years.
UK’s the Guardian takes a look today at the current state of Warner Bros. pulling a Marvel and isn’t that optimistic. Or offering a single idea that hasn’t been discussed before, to be honest. But they spice it up with dumb comments like this:
The problem is that Warner doesn’t really seem to have thought this through (yet). Justice League is supposedly due in just two years’ time, and we still don’t have the standalone Wonder Woman movie required to bring that rather hokey old character into the burgeoning “darker” Nolanesque take on the DC universe.
And this in reference to that Wonder Woman fan film that made the rounds last week:
Perhaps that’s why we’re starting to see the emergence of fan films offering up a moody take on the other Princess Diana … (though don’t ask me where the Nazis come from).
Yes, fan films with Wonder Woman mean there will be darker take on the character. Right. Totally. Oh and they apparently they know nothing about the history of Wonder Woman or lack access to Wikipedia.
As I’ve said before, I have put seeing Wonder Woman on the big screen as my new bucket list item since the Red Sox finally won the World Series after 86 years. Let’s see, Wonder Woman was created in 1941 and has yet to have a movie. If I use the Red Sox as a bench mark I only have 14 more years until Wonder Woman hits the big screen!
See I told you I would try and be positive today!
I’ve done a few posts on superhero underwear - for men and women. But I’ve also done posts talking about the importance of superhero underwear for little girls. Why? I’ve discussed in the past how not having toys and merchandise for little girls sets up superheroes as a “boy thing”.
Why shouldn’t a little girl who sees Batgirl or Wonder Woman on TV be able to go to a strore and buy toys or, yes, underwear with her favorite character on them? At one time years ago, as I wrote a few years ago, this was a non-issue. Wonder Woman, Supergirl and Batgirl underoos were widely available.
But for the last few years there has been a black hole when it has come to girls’ underwear. I’ve seen Wonder Woman and Batgirl undies for women in a few stores but when you hit the kids’ aisle it’s all Disney Princesses and Dora. Not that there is anything wrong with those. God knows enough Disney Princess gear has hit my home over the past years. But I would have loved to have had the option to provide my daughter with superhero underwear. My son, of course, has so many different kinds to choose from I can’t keep track of them.
But now there is an option! Fruit of the Loom has a six pack of girls underwear on line, and apparently it is so popular it keeps selling out.
Here’s a look at the female trinity pair:
There are also Wonder Woman, Batgirl and Supergirl solo versions:
I learned about these from the blog The Rock Father. Apparently I’m not the only who was writing about the lack of diversity in girls underwear.
I’m still frustrated that they are only online although the Rock Father seems to think Wal-Mart will pick them up. I’d recommend dropping a note to Target. They have a line of superhero underwear in their stores right now for women - it seems silly they don’t for little girls as well.
Wonder Woman and I parted ways last year as reader and book. But despite my differences, I believe it was one of the best books of the new 52. As I’ve said before, it wouldn’t take much for me to be a reader again.
Mostly. Except when something like this shows up.
Yes, Wonder Woman had her ass slapped. By a supporting character. In her own book.
So what did she do?
Nothing. Here’s the full sequence:
What a difference from when Wonder Woman would school Guy Gardner on his bullshit.
But this is a new Wonder Woman; she might get a tad angry but nothing else. Or as one of the charming posters in one the wonderful comics forums put it.
“Azz’s Diana doesn’t really come across as a hair-trigger bitch.”
Which I guess is what you call someone who reacts strongly to getting their ass slapped?
Because you know, even if they are the world’s most powerful female or a member of the Justice League in the end, you end is just another women’s end.
Wonder Woman sometimes gets portrayed badly in comics as a stick in the mud or a serious “Lecture Woman”.
Why is this? We know that Wonder Woman likes to have a good time - when the right person is writing her.
Which frankly isn’t very often.
See, I like the Wonder Woman on these party supplies - ready to let loose and party.
And that’s why I loved this Mardi Gras picture that reader Chris Marino sent me of some folks celebrating.
Party on Wonder Women!
Another fantastic cover by Cliff Chiang.
Wonder Woman was certain there was one person in her life she could trust—but she thought wrong!
Well, you’d think this would be Superman given their incredible romantic connection. But it is probably Zola.
The winners of yesterday’s matches were Superman/Lois Lane and Kate Kane and Renee Montoya both by wide margins.
Here are today’s matches:
Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor
Wally West/Flash and Linda Park-West
Sue and Ralph Dibny/Elongated Man
Tim Drake and Stephanie Brown
Again sorry for the delay here - bad stomach bug! The winner of the last match was Helena Bertinelli/Huntress.
Today’s match is:
Wonder Woman and Batman
Boostle! Blue Beetle and Booster Gold
Voting ends at 8:30 pm EST!
Earlier today Cartoon Network cancelled Young Justice, which featured Wonder Woman. And now reports are out that the CW has passed on the show, Amazon, for fall. Deadline says the network has “rolled” the pilot until next year.
The pilot script, being written by former Wonder Woman writer Allan Heinberg, was up until two weeks ago unseen by the CW even though the network was auditioning actresses for the role.
This is the second try in the past three years in getting Wonder Woman to the small screen. David E. Kelly’s script was made into a much lambasted pilot in 2011 starring Adrianne Palicki that was passed on by NBC.
There have multiple attempts to make a Wonder Woman movie through the years that have also failed. Currently the character is slated to appear in Warner Bros. Justice League movie slated for 2015.
She just can’t catch a break, can she?
Actress Brooke Shields has played a number of roles derived from comics from Brenda Starr to Morticia Addams. She even voiced Carol Ferris in the animated adaption of Darwyn Cooke’s Justice League: The Final Frontier. Unsurprisingly, given that she is six feet tall and has the whole “beauty of Athena” down pat, she’s been fan casted a number of times as Wonder Woman.
But it seems that Shields actually did put on the crown and lasso in her Princeton days.
According to reports last week at the TCAs, the CW has yet to see the script for the Wonder Woman show being written by former Wonder Woman comic writer Allan Heinberg. CW head Mark Pedowitz did say they were continuing to cast Diana.
And now comes a report on at least one candidate who has auditioned for the role.