May 16, 2013 | 5:32 p.m.
Will a Wonder Woman TV series ever get off the ground? The CW isn’t giving up yet. The network had been developing a pilot called “Amazon” about teenaged Diana (think “Smallville’s” pre-Superman Clark Kent), but the series was passed over for the CW’s fall lineup. When asked Thursday if the warrior princess could still come to the CW, network President Mark Pedowitz said, “Oh God, yes! “It is being redeveloped,” he said. “We’re waiting for the script to come in. We have not seen it yet. We are preparing to pilot it off-cycle should the script be what we want it to be.” Pedowitz said that although “the basics” were all there, the execution was lacking. “We do not want to do something that doesn’t work for that particular character,” he said. “It’s the trickiest of all the DC characters […]
May 06, 2013 | 1:05 p.m.
For a man about to start a war, Geoff Johns seems calm. Upbeat, even. Upstairs from Golden Apple Comics in Hollywood in an office lunchroom ahead of a signing for Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, DC Comics’ chief creative officer, sporting just-tearing-at-the-knee jeans, a red plaid shirt and a weathered Aquaman baseball cap, occasionally pets his bulldog while discussing the summer event he and collaborator Jeff Lemire are scripting in their respective “Justice League” and “Justice League Dark” titles, and together in “Justice League of America.” (You can see a larger version of Ivan Reis and Joe Prado’s triptych cover for the first issues here.) “Trinity War,” which unfolds in six parts across those three series’ July and August releases, with tie-ins including “Trinity of Sin: Pandora” No. 1 (written by Ray Fawkes), is DC Comics’ biggest event since launching […]
April 09, 2013 | 11:55 a.m.
PERSPECTIVE When the CW’s breakout hit series “Arrow” returns with new episodes on April 24, viewers can expect more soapy drama mixed with dark action thrills involving Stephen Amell as the handsome playboy-turned-vigilante Oliver Queen. Though the series makes plenty of concessions for non-comic book readers (an emphasis on Queen’s dating life, for instance), there’s still plenty of comic book history on display. Characters and concepts from Green Arrow’s 70 years of history pop up, but grounded in a gritty, realistic style (a la Christopher Nolan’s take on the Batman universe). The success of “Arrow” and its accessible take on comic canon is a reminder of how far we’ve come with superheroes on television from the days when TV producers seemed to try as hard as they could to make superheroes non-super. Consider, if you will, “Shazam!” In 1939, Bill Parker […]
March 27, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
With “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Avengers” and this summer’s “Man of Steel” dominating the big screen, isn’t it time Wonder Woman got her own feature film? That’s one of many questions asked by “Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines,” a documentary exploring the Amazon goddess’ history in comics and status as an empowering symbol for girls and women. The documentary, which premieres April 15 on the PBS “Independent Lens” series, will be screened Thursday evening at KPCC’s Crawford Family Forum in Pasadena, followed by a panel discussion co-hosted by Community Cinema. Panelists at the event include Madeline Di Nonno, executive director at the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media; Mike Madrid, author of “The Supergirls: Fashion, Feminism, Fantasy, and the History of Comic Book Heroines“; Zoe Chevat, comic artist and contributing writer to the Mary Sue; and […]
Feb. 04, 2013 | 1:56 p.m.
Beyoncé’s Super Bowl performance has been linked to the super-secret Illuminati sect, and some wondered whether it was linked to the Super Bowl blackout. The rest of us? We had visions of Wonder Woman dancing in our heads. But here’s a question: Why is it that seemingly every comic book character has had a shot at the big screen of late except she of the golden lasso? (OK, we’re exaggerating. But only slightly.) Isn’t it time for a Wonder Woman movie already? As Beyoncé told Hero Complex as far back as 2008, she was gunning for the movie role of Wonder Woman. “I want to do a superhero movie and what would be better than Wonder Woman? It would be great. And it would be a very bold choice. A black Wonder Woman would be a powerful thing. It’s time […]
Oct. 12, 2012 | 10:13 a.m.
Wonder Woman has undergone one of the most dramatic makeovers in DC’s “New 52″ relaunched titles. Throughout issues No. 0-12, Diana discovers that the story she’s been told about her beginnings is a lie. She was not molded from clay by Hippolyta, Queen of the Amazons; instead, she is the daughter of Hippolyta and Zeus, and the story was created to protect her from the wrath of Hera, Zeus’ wife. Diana suddenly finds herself part of a scheming and feuding family of gods. And in “Wonder Woman” No. 12, the Amazing Amazon removes her iconic cuffs, shows off some new Zeus-like powers and even takes flight. It’s certainly a messier story than previous iterations of Wonder Woman, but writer Brian Azzarello has said that’s exactly what the heroine needed; how can a character who’s already so perfect progress and grow? […]
Oct. 05, 2012 | 7:30 a.m.
COMMENTARY We’ve come a long way, maybe. Although no doubt meant to inspire, and tap into the delectable demographic of comic-book culture, the appearance of Wonder Woman on the 40th anniversary edition of Ms. magazine, available on newsstands this week, is just as poignant as it is empowering. For the official debut issue of the magazine, Gloria Steinem and the editors put her under the cover line “Wonder Woman” for president. Forty years later, we’ve had no woman president, the myth of the Super Woman continues to dog us and poor old Diana of Themyscira remains the only major DC Comics hero without a feature film to her name. (Seriously? Green Lantern before Wonder Woman?) Although Joss Whedon thoughtfully included a gal in “The Avengers,” and Scarlett Johansson did a fine job as the Black Widow, the self-described feminist filmmaker […]
Nov. 04, 2011 | 11:18 a.m.
Hollywood is working on new movies featuring Superman and Batman and they will give the iconic DC heroes 16 theatrically released feature films between them. But Wonder Woman, the third most famous name in the DC vault, will celebrate her 70th anniversary this December with exactly zero feature films as well as the lingering ignominy of the live-action television pilot that NBC and Warner Bros financed but then deemed too awful to air. What’s the problem? That’s one question our Geoff Boucher asked writer Brian Azzarello and artist Cliff Chiang, the new creative team chronicling the adventures of the Amazon princess in the pages of DC Comics. The pair, who took over the title under The New 52 initiative to revamp or revitalize their entire DC line, caused a stir right away by changing the heroine’s classic origins story and giving her something that she’s never had in any of […]
June 10, 2011 | 12:13 p.m.
Seventy-three years ago this month, a strange new vision arrived in American pop culture, a brawny figure in blue with a flowing red cape and the ability to leap tall buildings in a single bound. The character of Superman has flown on into film, television, video games and every imaginable corner of entertainment, but he’s always remained tethered to his first home – Action Comics has been published every month since June 1938 and, in April, became the only American comic book title to reach a 900th issue. But, in a move that is either audacious or desperate — or a bit of both – DC Comics is making a break, at least in numbering, from the grand old series. In September, celebrated Scottish writer Grant Morrison and rising artist Ralph “Rags” Morales will start the series over with Action Comics No. 1, […]
May 20, 2011 | 2:29 p.m.
Wonder Woman has those nifty bracelets that deflect bullets but, it turns out, they don’t work against fan attacks. A script overhaul and a costume redesign weren’t enough to save Diana Prince and her alter-ego from television limbo. NBC essentially left David E. Kelley and his “Wonder Woman” pilot standing at the altar of Athena, and “Friday Night Lights” actress Adrianne Palicki won’t get the chance to twirl the lasso of truth and bring the greatest female superhero of them all to 21st century airwaves. Now, all that’s left is to think of what might have been…and to enjoy the Twitter schadenfreude, which you can read in the gallery above. –Noelene Clark RECENT AND RELATED Kelley: ‘It’s way out of my comfort zone’ ‘Wonder Woman’ poll: Hall of Fame…or Halloween costume? ‘Wonder Woman’: Adrianne Palicki lassos role Wonder Woman pilot already deflecting bullets Beyonce sets her sights on “Wonder Woman” […]