Here’s the latest version of the “What the hell can we do with Wonder Woman?” piece by Shoshana Kessock but it’s a really excellent one that looks at the context of the problems of putting a female action hero on the screen:
That is one of the reasons Wonder Woman has had a difficult path in the comic world. She stands as an unapologetically feminist super heroine in an industry that often relegates women to sidekicks, damsels, and girlfriends. She’s also a character mired in a complicated backstory that is not only supernatural, but also steeped in a mythology that is difficult to translate to modern audiences. All of this has led to difficult years for Wonder Woman comics. One would think that the opportunity for a rewrite would have made the transition to modern comics a little easier. Yet the “reimagined” Wonder Woman featured in DC’s New 52 has done the character no favors.
But you know what? There is one unavoidable fact about this matter: WONDER WOMAN IS COMING. Do you hear me? it will be impossible to make a Justice League movie without Wonder Woman so no matter how many cooties she has, WONDER WOMAN IS COMING.
Wonder Woman Is Coming
Kessock suggests that the solution to how to handle a female hero would be looking at the successful cartoon versions, including the direct to dvd movie starring Keri Russell as the voice of Wonder Woman.
Well that is surely one solution. And we have another, thanks to Twitter.
@Comixace Etta Candy?
— Richard Powell (@RichardMPowell) July 1, 2013
See how easy it is? This weekend THE HEAT, a raunchy cop buddy movie starring Sandra Bullock and Meslissa MCCarthy was a surprise #2 at the box office, pulling in $40 million while the more traditional buddy movie White House Down starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx was a disappointing 4th. The Heat showed that McCarthy is a genuine box office draw, so the way to make Wonder Woman — cast a tall likable athletic Wonder Woman and pair her with McCarthy as the ribald, hilarious sidekick Etta Candy.
See, Hollywood? We’ve just solved your problem for you.