Small Won­der

Bon­nie Bur­ton sends dis­patches from her in­vis­i­ble jet

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Opinion -

When I was a lit­tle girl, I used to pre­tend I was Won­der Woman in the play­ground. I’d fight in­jus­tices at school, stand up for the bul­lied kids and al­ways try to do the right thing. I’d spin around my room imag­in­ing my bor­ing school clothes trans­form­ing into Won­der Woman’s pa­tri­otic red, white and blue cos­tume. I’d squint up at the sky hop­ing to spot her in­vis­i­ble jet, de­spite it be­ing, y’know, in­vis­i­ble. And imag­i­nary.

I was a Won­der Woman fan for life. She rep­re­sented ev­ery­thing I be­lieve in to­day – truth, jus­tice and girl power. I adored the Won­der Woman show from the ’ 70s, but since then I’ve had to be sat­is­fied with var­i­ous Won­der Woman comics and an­i­mated spe­cials. Why has a Won­der Woman movie taken so long?

Direc­tor Michelle MacLaren will be de­vel­op­ing and di­rect­ing the Warner Won­der Woman movie, star­ring Gal Gadot with Zack Sny­der pro­duc­ing. But that doesn’t hit un­til 2017. Gadot will de­but her role as Won­der Woman in Bat­man Vs Su­per­man: Dawn Of Jus­tice out in 2016, but there’s no guar­an­tee that Won­der Woman will have a prom­i­nent role in the film. We may have to just be con­tent with a mere cameo un­til then.

So why has it taken un­til 2017, if the movie stays on track, to get Won­der Woman on the big screen? She’s ar­guably one of the most fa­mous su­per­heroes in comics, and just as wor­thy of her own ma­jor mo­tion pic­ture as her fel­low cos­tumed cru­saders. Bruce and Clark have had nu­mer­ous re­boots and se­quels, why not Diana?

There were a few chances for the Ama­zo­nian to get her due but they never panned out. Joss Whe­don had a 2007 Won­der Woman screen­play that por­trayed her as a god­dess- like char­ac­ter who learns to ap­pre­ci­ate hu­man­ity through her love with the hu­man Steve Trevor. While fans were clam­or­ing to read the script, Warner Bros didn’t be­lieve it was worth pur­su­ing – which is still a sore spot with Whe­don. Now that he’s Marvel’s golden boy af­ter the suc­cess of The Avengers, I bet the ex­ec­u­tives at Warner are kick­ing them­selves. Or at least, they should be.

And then there were all the TV at­tempts that got lost in devel­op­ment hell. An NBC pi­lot from David E Kel­ley in 2011 didn’t get air­borne, and a pre­quel for The CW called Ama­zon is ap­par­ently still spin­ning its wheels “in devel­op­ment”.

So why do movie and TV ex­ec­u­tives think any­thing to do with Won­der Woman is so tricky? She’s from a for­eign land and con­nected to Greek gods. So how is that much dif­fer­ent than be­ing part of Norse mythol­ogy like Thor? She trav­els in an in­vis­i­ble jet, which isn’t that much more ridicu­lous than the Bat­mo­bile and is surely cheap CG. Is the only rea­son it’s taken this long for Won­der Woman to be taken se­ri­ously as a bank­able su­per­hero be­cause she’s a she?

Surely it’s not be­cause films like Elek­tra ( 2004) and Cat­woman ( 2005) were box of­fice bombs? Doesn’t any­one re­mem­ber how much money Alien ( 1979) and Aliens ( 1986) made with one of the most badass fe­male he­roes of all time?

Say­ing women he­roes aren’t de­sired in ma­jor films is a laugh­able ar­gu­ment af­ter the suc­cess of The Hunger Games and Diver­gent, not to men­tion the strong fe­male he­roes in such shows as Lost Girl, Con­tin­uum, Agents Of SHIELD, Game Of Thrones, Sleepy Hol­low, The Orig­i­nals, The Walk­ing Dead...

Even the new Ghost­busters re­boot might get an all- fe­male cast if direc­tor Paul Feig and screen­writer Katie Dip­pold have their way, and I’m fine with that. Hope­fully, movie stu­dios will get the hint that au­di­ences have been more than ready for fe­male su­per­heroes to take over as main char­ac­ters – and not as mere love in­ter­ests, femmes fa­tales or eye candy cameos.

movie made?

Bon­nie will now pre­tend she’s swap­ping out of work clothes into her crime- fight­ing cos­tume.

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