Tuesday, September 9, 2008 at 5:03PM
To a certain extent, I think DC Comics is really missing the boat by not pushing a Wonder Woman movie into theaters as soon as they can. I know there have been attempts made in the past, most famously when Joss Whedon had it simmering on his stove, and they're apparently working on a script or have been working on a script this year, but I think the character is a particular strength for DC, and I don't think Marvel can really match it. Now, before you give me some lecture on the hundreds of Marvel superheroines, please remember that I'm talking about how the general public perceives these characters. Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Hulk - these are known quantities. You don't see a lot of girls dressing up as Crystal from the Inhumans or Black Cat for Halloween. So when I say Marvel can't really compete with Wonder Woman, that's not a slam on Marvel; they just haven't had a female character that is as top-of-mind to John Q. Public. Sorry: Before the X-Men movies, most people had never heard of Jean Grey. And if Hulk isn't making waves, She-Hulk is a terrible idea. With Marvel pushing some of their less mainstream characters into theaters over the next couple of years, I wonder why DC wanted to go with the Justice League, which actually dilutes their pool of heroes, instead of the biggest name in their stable who hasn't had a movie. The thing about Wonder Woman is it requires very little invention because we're familiar with the character already. We know, more or less, what she's about. We saw the TV show or picked it up through cultural osmosis. So why is Wonder Woman still on the shelf and why is her maiden voyage likely to be arm-in-arm with a bunch of other heroes in JLA? You got me. Other people apparently feel the same way, and someone has even created a phony movie poster for Wonder Woman. I love the tag line: "Hopes May Fade, Wonders Never Cease." This is from DeviantArt, and I thought I'd share.
Seriously, though, somebody has to tell me why this
movie hasn't been made yet. I'm at a loss.