She is one of the first independent women to appear in comics and soar above the rest. She holds a prestigious position as one of DC’s Big Three. She has appeared in many forms and stands beside Batman and Superman on lunch pails, bed sheets, and even gummy snacks. Wonder Woman stands as a symbol of women’s strength and power. She also displays the best traits of humanity through her compassion and wisdom. Her position as a great hero is rarely disputed. (I refer to her as a hero because I feel her character–and others–should transcend the male/female hero/heroine categories. If you compare her to men or women in her genre–the epic hero(ine)–she stands among the best.)
However, her position on the big screen has yet to be cemented. While mega entertainment companies focus most of their attention on rewriting and remaking old movies or gobbling up the next teen fad book series, she politely stands in the corner and waits. And waits. And Waits. Now, it seems her first turn on the big screen will be as a backup character. She isn’t Hawkeye or Nick Fury or some evil villain who needs the extra setup provided by a slow introduction in order to be understood by the general audience. If you say “Wonder Woman” to anyone with any knowledge of comics–and many who don’t even know what a “comic” is–they at least have a vague understanding of the character. Thus, the question remains: why are we putting Wonder Woman in the corner? She can and has been an extremely lucrative asset for DC. Telling her story wouldn’t require licensing of other expensive properties; she can tell it by herself. There are hundreds and hundreds of stories about her, and any one of them would work in conjunction with an origin story. Even some of the newer costumes would work in the more urban environments of Gotham/Metropolis portrayed in the current Batman/Superman story lines. (Personally, I think the “Odyssey” story arc’s costume would fit the city-style Wonder Woman of a Gotham/Metropolis, but the costume reveal happened already.) Many parts of the “Odyssey” story and the current New 52 arc could mesh to form an excellent beginning for Wonder Woman.
So, what’s the problem? Why the hold-up? Various members of DC are concerned about “getting it right” the first time. While their devotion is admirable, I think the focus on perfection detracts from the inevitability of mistakes. No matter what, not everyone will like the movie. Period. Some people loved the new Batman and Superman movies; other people hate them. Some only like parts of the movies and think others could benefit from rewrites or reshoots. Even the Avengers movie was criticized by some people. Movies and other art forms are developed from a finite number of viewpoints. They can’t please everyone, and when a movie tries to please everyone, it tends to please no one.
I do think DC needs to try their best. They have source material. What they need is the right cast and crew combination to bring Wonder Woman to life on the big screen. She needs a place outside the shadows of her brethren. If her movie fails the first time, so what? Other movies and TV shows have failed before with major characters and still managed to pull themselves up and try again. Even some of Wonder Woman’s story concepts in comic books have failed, yet she continues to thrive. Give her a chance. If she tries to fly and fails, she will get up and try again. Stop holding her back, DC. She can take punches with the best of them.
Again, we have to ask: