The Trial Of Diana Prince

Comic Heroes - - Interview -

Com­ing up later this year is Mor­ri­son’s 120-page Won­der Woman one-shot, The Trial Of Diana Prince, with art by Yanick Pa­que­tte. “If read­ers were see­ing it in pieces, they’d get re­ally mad at me,” Mor­ri­son has said of the project. “It’s quite provoca­tive. But if you read all 120 pages, it’s to­tally self-con­tained, it makes sense. So I’m hop­ing people will re­spond to it as a com­plete piece.”

CH: What can we ex­pect? And why do you think, de­spite be­ing one of the most fa­mous comic book char­ac­ters in his­tory, Won­der Woman has never man­aged to achieve the same suc­cess as Bat­man or Su­per­man?

GM: “I think some of the re­cent Won­der Woman stuff has been re­ally good. A lot of people have tried to bring her back to the fore­front, men and women, and they of­ten have a good po­si­tion on the char­ac­ter but it has just never re­ally come to­gether. I just don’t think the char­ac­ter sur­vived the death of her cre­ator, Wil­liam Marston.”

CH: Why do you think that is?

GM: “Wil­liam bought all of these psy­cho­log­i­cal ideas into the script of the char­ac­ter. I think she was a very per­sonal char­ac­ter for him. When he passed away I feel like there was a bit of a ques­tion about what to do next. There was an at­tempt in the ’60s to do Won­der Woman a bit like I Love Lucy – and she was con­stantly chas­ing Steve Trevor and hop­ing she would get mar­ried! Then in the ’70s she was a much more fem­i­nist Won­der Woman. So she’s kind of changed with the times but never been al­lowed to re­gain that bizarre sex­u­al­ity that was in all of these early sto­ries when Marston was in charge. So what I’m try­ing to do is bring that el­e­ment back with­out be­ing ex­ploita­tive.”

CH: I pre­sume you mean the sort of bondage-sex­ual-dom­i­na­trix el­e­ment of her char­ac­ter?

GM: “Yeah, I think there needs to be that el­e­ment, for sure. That is not re­ally a kink of mine but it re­ally needs to be there. But, like I said, there are other ways too. The Linda Carter ver­sion of Won­der Woman worked. I sup­pose you could say that pre­sented Won­der Woman as a girl scout, but the pub­lic loved it. That old tele­vi­sion se­ries was very pop­u­lar. So there are sev­eral dif­fer­ent ways to do Won­der Woman and we’re just try­ing to find the right one at the mo­ment – but it will def­i­nitely be faith­ful to the source.”

CH: If you ask a lot of people to de­scribe the gen­e­sis story of Won­der Woman they might draw a blank…

GM: “Oh ab­so­lutely – I agree. I find that most people don’t know the story be­hind Won­der Woman and that’s an­other prob­lem.”

CH: Why do you think that her back­ground has never be­come as widely known as, for in­stance, Bat­man or Su­per­man?

GM: “Bat­man’s par­ents were shot. Su­per­man’s planet was blown up. These are easy to re­mem­ber and easy to work with. Won­der Woman is a lot more com­plex. Her char­ac­ter is a com­plex web of fe­male re­la­tion­ships. In a way Won­der Woman is more suited to a Jane Austen novel than a comic book which is aimed at boys.”

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