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” […]
March 21, 2011 | 11:07 a.m.
David E. Kelley is taking a twirl with “Wonder Woman” and he talked about the show a bit with Joe Flint, who has a Los Angeles Times Calender cover story today on the surprising success of Kelley’s ”Harry’s Law” series. Although he has created one of the most memorable female characters in television with “Ally McBeal,” writer David E. Kelley was taken aback when Warner Bros. approached him about making a new version of “Wonder Woman” for NBC. “It’s way out of my comfort zone,” said Kelley, who is accustomed to writing quirky characters who use their humor and intelligence to beat their enemies. “I’ve got a character who fights with clenched fists.” Kelley and Warner Bros., which is making the pilot, are trying to keep the lid on the show but they are letting a few details slip out. Last week, the studio released […]
March 18, 2011 | 1:47 p.m.
Here’s the first look at Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman in the upcoming NBC series that brings the most famous female superhero back to network television. David E. Kelley of “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal” fame is taking the character into new territories, to be certain, and there’s already a massive stir of fan angst regarding the suit you see above. What do you think? – Geoff Boucher (twitter.com/latherocomplex) RECENT AND RELATED ‘Wonder Woman’: Adrianne Palicki lassos role Wonder Woman pilot already deflecting bullets Beyonce sets her sights on “Wonder Woman” film “Wonder Woman’s” Keri Russell is “a tourist” Snyder: “There have been no other Superman films” Snyder: My favorite Superman artist is… Look, up in the sky it’s … Henry Cavill Synder: Superman is a tough one to crack Nolan breaks silence on Superman film Morrison to Hollywood: Make Superman a “brawler” […]
Feb. 22, 2011 | 7:00 a.m.
It’s a big year for actress Christina Hendricks, who is making the most of her time away from AMC‘s Emmy-winning series “Mad Men.” With three upcoming films, including the big-screen adaptation of the Allison Pearson novel “I Don’t Know How She Does It,” Hendricks is working steadily on a variety of projects. The latest is the new animated film “All-Star Superman,” due out Tuesday, in which she gives voice to outspoken news reporter Lois Lane. Hendricks joins a long list of actresses who have taken on the role of Clark Kent’s love interest (among them Erica Durance, Dana Delany, Kate Bosworth, Teri Hatcher and Margot Kidder) and Jevon Phillips got a chance to have a quick talk with her about the super role. JP: You have a number of movies in the works. Are you making the transition away from […]
Feb. 16, 2011 | 5:30 p.m.
This just in from Warner Bros… Adrianne Palicki (“Friday Night Lights,” “Red Dawn”) will star in the title role of “Wonder Woman,” a new series pilot from David E. Kelley (“Boston Legal,” “Ally McBeal,” NBC’s “Harry’s Law”). The series pilot is a reinvention of the iconic DC Comics title in which Wonder Woman – a.k.a. Diana Prince – is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life. Kelley and Bill D’Elia (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) are the executive producers. The pilot was written by Kelley and will be directed by Jeffrey Reiner (NBC’s “The Event”). “Wonder Woman” is from David E. Kelley Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Palicki, who appeared as Tyra Collette in NBC’s acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” will star in the upcoming feature-film remake of […]
Jan. 24, 2011 | 3:59 p.m.
Over on our Show Tracker blog, Melissa Maerz seems happy to see Wonder Woman get another TV spotlight, but notes that questions are already being raised over David E. Kelley’s treatment of the Amazonian princess. We’re suckers for a lady with a lasso, so when we heard the news that, after initally passing on the project, NBC picked up David E. Kelley’s “Wonder Woman” pilot, we couldn’t help but cheer. And yet, before the show even starts, Wonder Woman’s already got a lot of forces to battle – and we aren’t just talking about Cyborgirl. Remembering Kelley’s biggest contribution to the women’s movement — the “short-skirted, romantically challenged, possibly insane television lawyer” Ally McBeal — Mary Elizabeth Williams at Salon recently quipped, “The guy who killed feminism is reviving Wonder Woman.” THERE’S MORE, READ THE REST – Melissa Maerz RECENT […]