Thee Comic Column #95: Zak Snyder’s Wonder Woman

image courtesy, from of all places, Forbes.com

Those who read this column, or even more so those who keep up with Drinking with Comics will know I give DC a lot of shit. Part of this is because I broke into comics on Marvel, part of it is because I honestly feel like DC has left A LOT to be desired in almost every aspect of their business of late – especially their movie business when you consider the fact that Marvel got their movie-verse up and running and before they were bought by Disney, whereas DC has been owned by Warner Brothers, one of the biggest movie studios in the business, for DECADES – and part of this is because I feel like DC’s characters largely harken back to the Golden Age and are thus largely based on archetypes that prove considerably difficult to translate to the modern era. Green Lantern, Supes, Wonder Woman – so many of them reflect social and cultural values that simply are not relevant any more. DC’s answer of late has been to darken everything; to make their characters more severe. This works but only to a point. I didn’t bother with the most recent Superman movie but everyone I know who saw it and every bit of marketing run-up for the film drove home the point that this wasn’t my father’s Superman, this was a darker version. He kills someone for Krypton’s sake and what’s more takes part in a battle that leaves millions of citizens of the city dead. To all this I say I just don’t care. None of the modern twists on the character make me want to see this new iteration of Superman because really, I don’t want to watch any iteration of him. Not even teh ones I grew up with. Nothing has ever appealed to me about the character since I was seven except when Grant Morrison is writing him.

So of course despite all the hullabaloo surrounding DC’s forthcoming Batman/Superman movie I really remain uninterested. And I don’t mean any of this as a criticism or judgement other than as to how it affects me. Batman has always been the one DC character I actively like, but after Nolan’s masterpiece trilogy of films I’m exhausted with the character on screen and pretty much feel like even the awesome looking, Frank Miller-inspired suit we’ve been steadily gaining glimpses of over the last six months or so is still not enough for me to be interested, past looking at said pictures and saying, “Oh yeah, that looks pretty cool.”

Earlier today DC and Bat/Supe director Zak Snyder released a full-on picture of the one character I’ve always felt DC desperately needs to adapt but honestly  never thought would be able to. I may eat my words on this flick yet. You’ve probably already seen it, but if you haven’t, feast your eyes above.

Now, I’m still not convinced that this really, really awesome looking version of a character that, again, I never thought in a million years DC would be able to translate to a modern movie is going to lead to Dawn Of Justice being something that I want to see, but I’ll tell you this. I pride myself on being fair. I’ll give Marvel shit when needed, as I will myself, so I’m not afraid to publicly eat my words. And this is the first inclination that I might just be smearing Sambal Oelek all over my “Not Bloody Likely” diatribes criticizing DC. But a wicked looking take on this usually out-dated character is a step in the right direction and that’s at least worth a toast. DC? Zak Snyder? Gal Gadot? Cheers, here’s to hoping come 2015 I’m choking down my words and applauding a truly epic vision for the DCU’s entrance into modern Hollywood.

But I won’t be holding my breath.

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Can’t find a comic shop? You can always use old reliable Comic Shop Locator at 1-800-COMIC-BOOK. Or you can take some of my recommendations. If you live in the greater Chicagoland area I recommend any of the wonderful four locations of Amazing Fantasy Books. In Los Angeles it’s The Comic Bug. Las Vegas it’s Alternate Reality Comics. San Francisco? Try the Isotope Comic Lounge and if you happen to venture a little further North I’d say you have to visit The Escapist Comic Book Store in Berkley (with the wonderful Dark Carnival Books next door and owned by the same folks). Read on!!!

Shawn C Baker

Shawn C Baker

Shawn lives in Los Angeles where he co-hosts Drinking w/ Comics, writes screenplays and fiction and has been known to drink quite a bit of beer. Good beer.

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