That’s a comment that’s been going around the ‘Net for a few days (weeks, months) now about a Wonder Woman movie.
“She’s a tricky one to handle.”
Really, it’s that difficult to get a good story out of a female superhero. It seems to me that it would be fairly easy. As a matter of fact, it’s already been done once. Gail Simone had a helping hand in it with the release of the animated Wonder Woman movie. Starring Keri Russel in the title role and Nathan Fillion as Steve Trevor. A lot of the stories of Greek myth were interwoven with the aspects of a modern superhero, and having Wonder Woman shocked at the treatment of women in the modern world was quite refreshing, and a different take on the world.
Wonder Woman isn’t hard to write a good movie script for. It’s basically 300, but with women and set more in a modern era. Even Wonder Woman’s uniform could be a throw back to the old Greek and Roman style armours that she’s been dressed in the comics. Like the leather skirting and the knee high armoured boots. And this would be an opportunity to not only take a chance with a female superhero, but it’d also be a chance to use a woman of colour. Many might argue that Greece and Italy are European, so that’d mean “white people only”, but that’s grossly ignorant of history. In Greece and Rome there were North Africans, Middle Eastern Arab and Persian people, there were Pakistani and East Indian people who all followed the trade routes. And Wonder Woman could have been born after the Silk Road began uniting people from different areas thanks to trade.
Even keep the story of Diana being formed from clay, and given life by her mother Hippolyta. The call back to ancient myth would be amazing. It’d be much different than the aspects of male superheroes that always have to have one motivation; death of family or threat of destruction. Wonder Woman is a warrior. Plain and simple. She’s no different than Xena in that regard.
As Gail Simone once said about DC’s holy trinity; “If you want to stop alien invasions, call Superman. If you want a mystery solved, call Batman. But if you want to stop a war, call Wonder Woman.”
But the needing of a Wonder Woman movie goes beyond wanting to have a kick ass lady in a superhero movie that in a genre has been dominated by men. We need a Wonder Woman movie because she represents not only a female icon, but the best of humanity, and the best of what we have to offer. Wonder Woman is just as iconic as Superman and Batman. Even those who don’t read comics will recognize the name, and many will recognize the outfit when they see a picture of her. There needs to be a Wonder Woman movie, because we need more icons to be visible. And we need diversity on our big screens and small screens.
It may sound silly, but if we want to progress as a society, to keep moving forward with our social awareness, then we need to have icons and myths that represent our ideals in this modern world. One of those icons happens to be Wonder Woman. And it’s about damn time that she got what she, what we all, deserve.