'Wonder Woman' Creative Team Weighs In On Movie Challenges
Is it really that hard to make?
Wonder Woman is an iconic superhero, and part of DC trinity along with Batman and Superman. She is described as a sexy amazon warrior (I may be paraphrasing here) that can rival Superman when it comes to strength.
Yet a Wonder Woman movie has been in development hell longer than Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has been a sleaze. Batman has had terrific success in Hollywood and Superman's about to give it another go with "Man of Steel" in 2013.
What is it about Wonder Woman that makes her so difficult to handle on the big screen? The answer, according to current "Wonder Woman" scribe Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, isn't an easy one.
I would say that the audience has wanted different things out of a Wonder Woman movie over the years and that the creative side hasn’t quite figured out the way go. Wonder Woman presents a thorny question: How are you going to show the premier female superhero to the audience in a way that will satisfy that audience?
Azzarello identified Wonder Woman's lack of a concrete, widely-known identity as a big reason behind her inability to catch a big-screen break.
You go to a Superman movie or a Batman movie and you know who they are. What sold the first Superman movie was the fact that he could fly and the special effects were so great — ‘You’ll believe a man can fly,’ that was the tagline. They are kind of these clear niches where they work, Batman in Gotham City and has seriously creepy villains, Superman is in Metropolis and he fights with the smartest man on Earth. With Wonder Woman, I don’t think people know what they would get out of that right now. Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor?"
But Chiang believes that if ever there was a time to make a "Wonder Woman" movie, it's now.
I think people’s ideas of what a woman can do and the way women heroes can be presented is much broader. You think back to the old TV show, it was pretty campy, but it was the ’70s. The thing is Lynda Carter never made fun of Wonder Woman, which was great and it’s one of the reasons the show really inspired a lot of people to fall in love with Wonder Woman. She did it with a straight face and one of the things we want to do is sort of present this no-nonsense woman warrior. That’s not to say she isn’t compassionate, she’s just ready to get down to business.
Wonder Woman may have been ridiculed for her [relatively] silly costume. Some have ven found difficulty with Wonder Woman's background and mythos. But Wonder Woman is to DC what Thor is to Marvel. Both are based on magic, but Wonder Woman is heavly influenced by Greek mythology. This is an upside and should be used to its advantage. It has an wider appeal and one that many are familiar with - especially in comparison to Norse mythology! They should go down that route as they did with the Wonder Woman animated movie few years back (which is one of DC entertainment's best!) and showcase he raw warrior skills that will attract the viewer more than her outfit - although that helps too!
Another cool thing about Wonder Woman is her perspective on a "a man's world". This will be an excellent opportunity to examine all the ills of the world in a comic book movie, which are often very controversial. Like the growing disparity between rich and poor etc.
Although I have never read Wonder Woman comics, I have also appreciated her character and enjoyed her appearances in other DC titles.
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