I’m not going to waste time digging into the Ally McBeal-inspired take on Wonder Woman that ABC passed on.
The writer adapting Wonder Woman to the big screen shouldn’t be watching Ally McBeal, nor Sex in the City and not even Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Heaven help you if your idea of feminist script-writing is the work of Joss Whedon. And I like Whedon but when he tries to tackle any kind of issues that deal with class, race or gender he face-plants and plants hard.
They should be reading Homer, delving into the Greek pantheon and checking out George Perez’s run on the title, not thinking to adapt that particular run directly to the big screen but for some inspiration and ideas, along with Alex Ross’ great depictions of her on the wall where the writing will take place and how about Gail Simone for some solid comic book consulting.
From the above linked article:
She is meant to be an inspiring feminist icon, but she represents a vast array of things that feminism despises. By which I mean, she dresses like a stripper.
Let’s not heap this problem on feminists and lets put the problem right in the laps of those who deserve it: male writers. It is telling that the writing of a sexy, strong, powerful woman represents such a huge problem. While Thor is slamming the box office with thunder and lightning his Greek cousin over at DC comics hasn’t been seen on television (other than DC’s solid cartoon efforts) in years.
If you can’t think of a season of TV or a feature film (or three) for the Themiscrayan Diplomat to the Man’s World who can push press a tank and out-wrestle Hercules, whose enemies are not only iconic super villains (Cheetah, Silver Swan, Dr. Psycho) but all manner of demons and deities from Greek myth, then maybe you shouldn’t be writing Wonder Woman.
If the words powerful, strong, woman and feminist occurring in the same sentence intimidates you then maybe you shouldn’t be writing Wonder Woman.
Maybe just maybe, and I say this as a man who’d love to write Wonder Woman (DC…call me!), maybe this is a property that should be written by men at all. I’m not saying that women don’t struggle with those same issues nor am I saying that women aren’t capable of being sexist. But from the above article and from what passes as feminism on television, it’d be nice to see what women have to say about the Man’s World while speaking through the most iconic super-heroic avatar comic books have produced so far.
This isn’t all about big issues. I’m a simple geek. I want to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, in Homeric armor, in front of the U.N. Headquarters, punching Ares in the face.
Is that so much to ask?