Tagged Wonder Woman

In the Justice League Movie, Things Actually Come Together

As I sat down for the newest entry in the DC Extended Universe, there seemed to be a general consensus in the theater: “I hope this movie is good.” That’s not necessarily an odd comment to make by itself—after all, we want all the movies we see to be good. But there was a hint of desperation in the statement, the “I’ve sat through some unsavory films in this cinematic universe” consensus, that permeated the audience. And isn’t it...

Wonderful Women, Not Wonder Woman, Make Professor Marston Stand Out

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, directed and written by Angela Robinson and starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, and Bella Heathcote, suffers from a PR problem. That PR problem is a vowel. If early social media is any indication, most people are expecting a movie about Wonder Woman. This ain’t that. This is about some wonderful women, plural. I understand the misinterpretation, however—the film does all that it can to visually remind the viewer that William Moulton Marston (Evans)...

Why I Bought My Daughter Wonder Woman’s Sword

As far as I can remember, it started with a cup. My daughter used small juice glasses during our family meals, but as she was still under three, I was hesitant to have her use actual glassware on the nights we ate dinner outside on our back patio. Spilling the glass was still a real hazard, and having it break on the cement would be less than ideal. The patio was a prime barefoot zone, plus I could no...

Three More Reasons Why Wonder Woman Is an Important Movie

It wasn’t until about sixth or seventh grade that I realized that Wonder Woman was my absolute favorite superhero. Image Comics had just hit the scene, and the nerdier among us were spending as much time as we could at the comic shops reading, discussing, and debating the brand-new characters from a brand-new publisher and some of the biggest artists and writers in the industry. Like many geeky debates, we nitpicked, criticized, corrected, and teased each other’s opinions, all...

Wonder Woman Is a Movie with Character

Like many braces-wearing, pigtail-rocking, itty-bitty geek girls, I gravitated toward the female characters in my childhood media. I adored Princess Sally in the Sonic the Hedgehog Saturday-morning cartoon and waited with bated breath for her to appear in the games. (She didn’t.) I mastered the “Spinning Bird Kick” with Chun-Li and took down the villainous M. Bison—and then I did it again with Cammy’s “Cannon Drill.” I cheered for Barbara Gordon when she decided to put on the cape...

DC’s Rebirth Series Puts the Fun Back into Comic Books

I’ve always been a Marvel guy . . . except when it comes to Batman, who has (without a doubt) the best and most psychologically complex villains. But Marvel had better beware! DC is coming up fast and furious! Both on television (Supergirl, Flash, Gotham) and now in comic books with the fun and highly enjoyable Rebirth series, DC is doing a lot of things right. While Marvel’s Civil War II comic-book series seems to be dying out with...

An Open Letter to the United Nations on the Selection of Wonder Woman as Honorary UN Ambassador

Dear United Nations, I am writing to you with regard to your recent selection of Wonder Woman as your Honorary Ambassador for the Empowerment of Women and Girls, effective today. If there were ever a modern-day “shot heard round the world,” this would be it. (And not just because it is deflected off her metal bracelets!) Your appointment of Wonder Woman is a bold effort that resonates with so many of us: women and men, black and white, young and old. I would argue that...

Stop Overstuffing Superhero Movies Already!

Comic book superheroes movies have become the mainstream film genre of the decade and every studio wants a piece of the pie. To stay with that metaphor, studios take their tray up to the comic book franchise buffet and prepare to return to their table with a full plate of entertaining content. However, in fearing the fans won’t be satisfied, the studios and creatives begin to pile their plates up with as much “food” as possible. They begin to...
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