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Yesterday Warner Bros. revealed the costume Gal Gadot will wear for her role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The costume has her wearing boots. I don’t care for the inclusion of boots. Yes, she’s been drawn wearing heeled boots (including here, her first cover appearance)
but she’s also been drawn wearing greek sandals
and boots with no heel.
So there is no continuity over the last 70 plus years although there certainly has been some rethinking of how female characters are presented in media during that time.
A few years ago when they were making the disastrous NBC pilot they also had Wonder Woman wearing a heel. Here’s what I said then:
Wonder Woman is free of vanity. For her a costume should be utilitarian — to cover what needs be covered and to make her recognizable to scare off weak-willed adversaries and alert others to her involvement.
Having heels on her boots adds nothing. A boot heel will not make her run faster or kick harder or assist her in doing her job or make her recognizable. The only thing a heel does is please the eye. And that is something Wonder Woman should not care about.
A few folks have stated the heel is required to give her the height to stand with her co-stars Affleck and Cavill. That also does not require a costume with a heel as we’ve seen from dozens of films starring actors who are shorter than their female co-stars.
This is not about hating high heeled boots; I love high heeled boots. It’s fine if Wonder Woman wore them in her “civilian” identity. Rather, this is about questioning a costuming choice which puts the emphasis on Hollywood’s requirements for a Woman rather than the Wonder of the character.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
Have a little travel to do this summer? What better way to travel than with Wonder Woman backpacks now available at Pottery Barn
Oh you like traditional roller bags?
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:
They also have a metal water bottle and hot meal container
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!
Now that the movie has a title the big question about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice:
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.
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.
As this illustration by Kevin Warren makes clear, when Wonder Woman gets down to do some real ass kicking she brings out the scrunchie.
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.
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:
I chose not to include the Superman sticker, in my story he is flying in the opposite direction home to Lois.
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