Warner Bros., owner of Wonder Woman, had a very good weekend at the box office in case you’re just catching up. Gravity, it’s Sandra Bullock led space action/thriller/suspense movie (and I’ll get back to THAT in a minute) brought in $55M about $20M over the early expectations. And in doing so It broke the box office record for October. It also beat a movie starring now one but two dudes (including the newest Batman, Ben Affleck, which must be the fart in the room of flowers at WB this morning.)
Sandra Bullock was a Wonder Woman
for WB’s box office this weekend
I saw it Gravity and really enjoyed it. But as much as the 90 or so minutes I spent in the theater, I’m enjoying the fact the movie did so well. Let me recap what I spent time on Twitter and i09 saying yesterday.
Female lead (over 40), box office record, surpassed expections by $20M, 54% male/46% female audience but remember Hollywood thinks women can’t open action movies and women don’t like action movies.
Pretty simple, eh? Of course not!
While shopping today I came upon some new Justice League fruit snacks. When I first looked at the box, I sighed because it featured a bizarre dudebro trinity of Batman, Green Lantern and Aquaman. But then I turned the box around and saw this.
So Wonder Woman made the cut. Cyborg did not, however. Wonder why? Note the old school costumes as well.
Inside the box are packs of fruit snacks. Yep, that’s Supes with his trunks.
But I’m sure your asking yourself the most important question - what does the Wonder Woman fruit snack look like?
A new shop has just launched online and it has an amazing set of superhero inspired women’s clothing. You can check them out here to see the full range but here’s a few pieces that caught my eye which are perfect for a variety of activities.
Looking to commune with fish?
Going off to protest stupid marriage laws?
Fighting bad van bros? Okay, this looks good.
Going to a superhero movie that doesn’t star a woman?
There’s lot of sizes offered XS to XXL which is nice.
What do you think?
Lynda Carter has some thoughts about why there is no Wonder Woman movie and they show that the woman who played the character during the 1970s has better insight into her than the people who get paid to think about the character:
"I think they try to just make her a female version of a male superhero, and that’s not what she is," observes Lynda. "She is an Amazon Princess and she’s got really strong sisterhood values. She’s smart, and she just happens to be beautiful and super strong, and she has these great cool things like these bracelets and boomerang headband and non-lethal kinds of ways of dealing with people. She’s just saying, like, ‘Get a grip!’ all the time. … She slaps the hands of the bad guys."
"Maybe they need a female writer who gets it. I’ve often tried not to say that, but I think it’s the truth. It’s like, ‘Hellooooo guys, get a female that understands what that’s all about.’ You look at any society that suppresses women, and it’s violent. Look around the world. … There’s a humanity that they’re missing. There’s got to be a sweetness, a kindness, a goodness in the character. The rest takes care of itself."
I find it refreshing to not hear someone say “she’s tricky” or “we have to be careful” or “she’s complicated” isn’t it?
Carter is participating in the DC Comics “We can be Heroes” fund raiser and if you $10K you’ll get to meet her as well as tour the DC offices. You can buy that (and help raise funs for a good cause here)
Anyone got $10K they don’t need? Send it my way!
While Warner Bros. tried to figure out Wonder Woman’s trickiness others are taking on the challenge of giving Wonder Woman fans a taste of what a film would look like. The lastest is from production company Rainfall.TV who will debut a short concept film starring the Amazon on September 30.
The company has release a look at the Amazons in the movie in preparation for the film’s debut:
The film stars Rileah Vanderbilt (below) and is directed by Sam Balcomb.
More pictures under the cut.
Earlier this year Target joined up with DC/Warner Brothers teamed up for a whole line of exclusive merchandise. I was pretty happy with the Summer offerings as they prominently featured Wonder Woman and she had her own line. She also appeared in the commercial for the line.
So when Target brought out their Halloween stuff I was hoping to see more Wonder Woman.
But when I saw these Halloween lights, I was disappointed. As I looked at the package (shown as displayed on the shelf) all I saw was all the white dudes. No Wonder Woman. And, as seems common, no Cyborg.
But wait! The whole Justice League team IS on the package - just not where you’ll first see them.
There has been plenty of superhero nightwear for ladies that let you channel your inner Wonder Woman, Batgirl or Supergirl. But what about someone who wants to channel DC’s favorite “kinda bad/kinda good” lady - Selina Kyle?
Lucky you, your day (or in this case, night) has come.
Now available from the Spencer’s Gifts.
The set (sadly not a one piece ala Catwoman’s - although better for middle of the night bathroom runs and visits from the Caped Crusader for rooftop nookie).
DC Comics by Underboss : You’ll feel like a superhero in this Cat Woman sleep set. Made of a spandex and cotton blend, this is a soft and comfortable way to spend your night and cozy up. Set includes a sleek long sleeve top and elastic-band sleep pants.
And to truly channel the comics, the pajamas have the zipper partially unzipped and a wasp thin waist as seen from the pencil of artist’s like Jim Balent and Guillem March. This line is called “anatomical” - I assume to refer to the built-in waist line.
Also available are Wonder Woman and Batgirl in similar styles.
Earlier this evening I posted about how writer Mike Barr pitched a Wonder Woman Beyond digital comic to DC Comics but “nobody had any interest.”
Since then I was told by DC Comics PR that there might be something on the horizon for Wonder Woman in digital:
But while Mike Barr never got any interest - Derek Fridolfs did get some interest in bringing Wonder Woman into the Beyond Universe. And his pitch is very interesting.
Especially if you like this.
So a reader just pointed me to an interesting comment in an interview Mike Barr did. As way of background DC Digital is the West Coast arm of DC Comics responsible for Li’l Gotham, Smallville Season 11, Adventures of Superman and pretty much some of the best, female friendly stuff coming out of DC (let’s just ignore that comic that implants bombs in pregnant women).
Mike Barr talks about how he came to write for Legends of the Dark Knight - bold is mine.
MWB: It came about by a very circuitous route. DC had done Batman Beyond, and then they did a Superman Beyond one-shot. The way that my mind works, I thought “well, you’ve got Batman, you’ve got Superman, the next one of DC’s big characters is Wonder Woman.” The instant I said “Wonder Woman Beyond” to myself, that started turning into something. I made some notes on that and contacted DC and said “what if we do Wonder Woman Beyond,” and they said “Well, that’s the purview of DC editorial in Burbank, so you should contact Hank Kanalz.”
Hank and I had worked together before on the Malibu Ultraverse, back in the early ’90s, and had no contact since then. I dropped an email to Hank and we caught up, and had a very warm reunion. Nobody there had any interest in Wonder Woman Beyond, but Hank very graciously said “Look, I’m publishing this Legends of the Dark Knight digital series and I’d be delighted to have you write for that.” That turned into the story we have there, “Elements of Crime.”
Of course, it could be that they already had a digital book with Wonder Woman in it:
After all they don’t have multiple digital Batman and Superman titles.
I’m pretty disappointed to hear that the book was pitched and died. I had hoped that DC would see digital as a way to bring in new readers and a Wonder Woman title seemed to be perfect way to attract new female readers. I guess my hope that they would launch a digital version of Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman ala Batman 66 is DOA.
Would you buy a digital only Wonder Woman title? Tell DC!
It’s nice, in a way, to see the meme, of “Why the hell doesn’t Wonder Woman have a movie?” be all over the place in the media. There’s big media like Time and misguided should have known better fans. While there the occasional articles over the last few years, there seems to be a few every week now. I honestly don’t expect to see a Wonder Woman movie for years but I still like to see people express the desire for a movie. The latest is Max Landis who has said in a Reddit AMA that he would like to pitch a Wonder Woman movie.
Normally I’d just roll my eyes and wish him good luck, but Landis does have some cred. He’s a Hollywood scion, wrote the well received Chronicle and is a well known comic fan. And he’s a dude who is the same age as the dudes that are a Hollywood wet dream, so there’s that, too.
Let’s all thank Gail Simone for writing this panel!
Creating album covers for superheroes isn’t a new idea - Cliff Chiang has been doing it for years - see Cliff Chiang’s mash up of Purple Rain and Batgirl.
But recently Artist Robert Jimenez created one of a kind art pieces by taking old album covers from the 50s and 60s and 70s and tweaking them to include some of the women of DC Comics. All the covers are sold now but here’s a look. If you’re arty you can probably hit a garage sale this weekend and try it yourself.
The Original Cast Album for “Red Head” (which just missed the 60s) starring Gwen Verdon (who today is known to many as the woman from whom Beyonce borrowed her “Single Lady” dance moves) has been changed into something starring Selina Kyle.
Click to see more!
(Source: Boing Boing)
Last night I posted an image from the upcoming Justice League War animated feature showing a new costume for Wonder Woman. I asked what you thought and the response seem pretty positive.
While I’m not crazy about all the details, like many of you it’s nice to see someone convinced them to not use the bustier.
One sharp eyed reader noted, however, that the costume reboot is very similar to one done by a DA artist a few years ago. Here’s the new one and the design done by “Croaky”
They do look similar to me. What do you think?
And speaking about Wonder Woman, there is yet another article on why Wonder Woman doesn’t have a movie. This one, however, is written by someone who is pretty darn smart and is in Time Magazine. Unfortunately I think the theory of why she doesn’t have a movie doesn’t really hold water. I’ve commented, why not stop by and add your thoughts.