With the recent release of the Wonder Woman DVD film there has been some renewed interest, (although slight) in Wonder Woman's big screen debut. Currently it's slated for a 2011
release. The film's been in production for nearly nine years now with big name producer Joel Silver guiding the film all the way. But, will the film ever make that 2011 deadline? The new animated film, and the character's story arches in the Justice League
cartoon have shown that Wonder Woman can be transferred from page to screen, so what's wrong with her silver screen adaption?
Well, here's the first problem:
Notice anything off about these pictures? No? Maybe in these ones:
She's a woman, a feminist, created (and for the most part) entirely written by men. It's not so much that her costume hasn't evolved into something more practical for a Greek warrior, it's that visually the character is still sexualised in a way which weakens her appeal. For those of you who have yet to see it, in the new animated film it's stated that Wonder Woman's costume is created to represent the colours of captive Steve Trevor
, (the American fighter pilot who crash lands on Themyscira). Thus we have the red, white and blue which she wears as an emissary. But she never really changes costume for battle. Added to this you have the contradiction that if she's a warrior, and she uses her bracelets to stop bullets, why doesn't she wear more armour? Apart from her waist and breasts all she wears is cloth (of all the things to protect her waists and breasts?). If she's strong enough that she doesn't need to wear armour, why does she need the bracelets?
There are other problems of logic which present themselves in an adaption of Wonder Woman for film. How does a Greek woman, living on the Equator manage to be white? In a society which is stuck in time as a Greek city from circa 1,000BC, where do they get an invisible plane? And how does Wonder Woman know how to fly it? Even this last question the extremely good animated film didn't bother answering.
Of course audiences might be willing to overlook these things if the story, characterisation and acting are good. However considering WB's last choice to play Wonder Woman
Supermodel Megan Gale
It's easy to see that WB considers sex to be the main seller with Wonder Woman considering Gale has practically no acting experience what-so-ever. As does DC. When famed writer Jodi Picoult
came in to write a run on Wonder Woman she wanted to write the character with more armour/clothes and less emphasis on her breasts and legs in the art. She was told no.
If DC refuse to change/modernise/alter/evolve the character what sort of film can we expect Wonder Woman to get?
Wonder Woman's identity is caught up on her body for the most part. The only other thing that defines her as a character is Greek myth, which isn't even her myth. That's probably why the invisible plane has lasted so long in continuity, it's one of the few things that can be said to belong to Wonder Woman, regardless of how stupid it is.
So what future does Wonder Woman have on the silver screen? Well, unless Joel Silver manages to get an amazing script out of the mess that has been production so far 2011 will come and go without any Wonder Woman. The character has remained fundamentally the same since her debut in comics. The character, everything about her, is in need of change. While the film could bring this much needed change, it seems doubtful.
Talk to ya later!