The final member of DC Comics’ Trinity finally made her appearance yesterday in Hall H at the San Diego Comic-Con and it’s evident that she has been sorely missed by everyone. That’s right, Wonder Woman is finally coming to the big screen and you can see her in all her glory!
Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel, showed off a sneak preview clip of the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice movie, but it seems that his reveal of the first official photo of Gal Gadot in costume as the Amazon princess is hogging all the attention of both fans and the media alike. My first thought when I saw the photo was something along the lines of “Suck it” to all the people who vocally opposed her casting because she didn’t look like Wonder Woman.
Also, let the record show that I was also in full support of Evan Peters as Quicksilver when haters took to the web to voice their almost universal disapproval of his new look in the new X-Men film. But I digress; we’re talking about Wonder Woman.
There’s a reason why I believe her photo to be a bigger highlight than the clip of Batfleck – excuse me, Batman – and Superman: Wonder Woman hasn’t been seen on the big screen in decades. Furthermore, she has yet to receive a respectable on-screen adaptation, whereas both Bats and Supes have had multiple each. Her live action movies and TV shows were, shall we say, products of their time? No, that’s not right. They’re just not good. At all. Think of the Adam West Batman series but much, much lower quality.
This begs the question: Why hasn’t Wonder Woman, a principal characters in the DC universe, and for that matter one of the principal female characters in comics, received her due diligence in film as she has in print? The short answer: It’s hard to take her seriously. Whether it’s her Amazonian origins, her Lasso of Truth or her entire costume in general (it takes a real woman to fight bad guys in high heel boots), audiences have never really embraced her. It also probably doesn’t help that, unless you’re an avid comic reader, her motives for fighting crime and evil are a general mystery. Batman’s motive? Parents were killed before his eyes. Superman? “With great power comes great responsibility.” (Oh wait, that’s Spiderman. Pretty much the same though.) But Wonder Woman? I’ve got a vague notion of her motivations, but even I’m not entirely clear on them.
The jury is still out on whether Zack Snyder can faithfully adapt her character, but here’s hoping he and Godot can accomplish what previous attempts to adapt her character have failed to do up to this point and do her justice (pun intended). They’ve got the look down, so they’re off to a good start.. It’s time for another big name female hero to take the stage, because right now all women have to look forward to is Black Widow.