Batman has had terrific success in Hollywood and Superman’s about to give it another go with “Man of Steel” in 2013, but it just hasn’t worked out for Wonder Woman, the third pillar of DC Entertainment’s trinity of heroes. The Amazon warrior’s path towards theaters has been a complicated one, with recent attempts at revitalizing the character through animation and live-action television failing for numerous reasons.
What is it about Wonder Woman that makes her so difficult to handle on the big screen? The answer, according to current “Wonder Woman” scribe Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, isn’t an easy one.
“I would say that the audience has wanted different things out of a Wonder Woman movie over the years and that the creative side hasn’t quite figured out the way go,” Chiang told Hero Complex in a new interview. “Wonder Woman presents a thorny question: How are you going to show the premier female superhero to the audience in a way that will satisfy that audience?”
Azzarello identified Wonder Woman’s lack of a concrete, widely-known identity as a big reason behind her inability to catch a big-screen break.
“You go to a Superman movie or a Batman movie and you know who they are,” he said. “What sold the first Superman movie was the fact that he could fly and the special effects were so great — ‘You’ll believe a man can fly,’ that was the tagline. They are kind of these clear niches where they work, Batman in Gotham City and has seriously creepy villains, Superman is in Metropolis and he fights with the smartest man on Earth. With Wonder Woman, I don’t think people know what they would get out of that right now. Lyle Waggoner as Steve Trevor?”
But Chiang believes that if ever there was a time to make a “Wonder Woman” movie, it’s now.
“I think it would be great,” he said. “I think people’s ideas of what a woman can do and the way women heroes can be presented is much broader. You think back to the old TV show, it was pretty campy, but it was the ’70s. The thing is Lynda Carter never made fun of Wonder Woman, which was great and it’s one of the reasons the show really inspired a lot of people to fall in love with Wonder Woman. She did it with a straight face and one of the things we want to do is sort of present this no-nonsense woman warrior. That’s not to say she isn’t compassionate, she’s just ready to get down to business.”
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