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Brief thoughts on the Wonder Woman/Superman paring

August 22, 2012

A Variant Cover for Justice League #12 showing Superman and Wonder Woman embracing in the air, Wodner Woman’s Lasso circling them about the page several times and tired around Superman. Wonder Woman’s left leg is raised up.

I am behind on reading several of the comics in my pull-list, one of those is Justice League so it was news to me when I discovered via twitter and Newsarama this morning that Superman and Wonder Woman are now an official in universe item. Now I personally like the way their relationship was handled in the excellent graphic novel, Kingdom Come, and given the fact that both characters are essentially immortal, Superman only so in the more modern versions, I could see the characters ending up as an item somewhere down the line.

A comic panel from Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Strikes back, showing Wonder Woman kissing Superman
The text reads: Where is the man who stole my Amazon Heart? Where is the hero who threw me to the ground and took me as his rightful price?Where is the god whose passion shattered a mountaintop? Where is that man? Where is that Superman?

This paring can also have extremely negative implications when handled poorly, such is the case in Frank Miller’s Dark Knight Returns Universe where the implications are the relationship is born of rape an has shades of the trope “Every Amazon Wants Hercules.” That trope posits that a strong woman must always desire a strong man who can dominate her, especially if she is previously shown to be misanderist in some way (A quick note: Wonder Woman properly written is not misanderist; Wonder Woman written by Frank Miller is).

Regardless of how it’s used to good or poor effect in various Elseworlds and Future stories; I firmly believe it’s the wrong move for the present day main continuity. Having either character in a relationship with a super on their own power level creates a need for them to frequent each other’s solo books, and particularly in the case of Superman guest starring in Wonder Woman I feel he would draw thunder away from the Amazon princess. The only plus side I can see to this is since Superman is weak against the kind of enemies Wonder Woman usually fights, supernatural or magical enemies, she would likely not be playing the damsel in her own book which would be disastrous.

Of course I have major qualms with the way both of these characters have been treated in the reboot, particularly in the changing of Wonder Woman’s origin story… but this is the move that has by far made me cringe the most over the last year worth of rebooted comics. I’ve managed to enjoy Wonder Woman’s book in spite of it’s flaws and several other of the DC books as well but it does seem like the top brass keep making one poor choice after another.

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Green Lantern Emerald Knights Review

June 2, 2011

A purple skinned, red haired woman in a Green Lantern uniform crouches in front of a lavish looking bed. In her hands is a rope weapon made of green Energy; this is Laira, the most compelling of the characters in the new Emerald Knight's feature.

Tonight I was treated to an advance screening of the new DCAU (That’s DC Animated Universe) film Green Lantern: Emerald Knights. This film serves as a bridge between the comic books and the upcoming live action film for new fans giving as a look at the corps and some of the characters who make it up.

The film is a series of short stories told to new Green Lantern Corps recruit Arisia while a much larger threat is looming. Tales of The first lantern, Kilowog, Laira, Mogo, and Abin-sur, are told in turn interspaced with scenes connected to the “present day” threat of the return of Krona.

As soon as the film started I was sceptical. It begins with the death of a female Green Lantern corps member, which serves to set up the initial conflict. I must admit I scoffed when the Guardians talked about how she was a celebrated member of the corps who would be remembered, when truth was she was simply a plot device, and this apparent fridging right off the bat put me in a bad mindset, but the story did surprise me with the direction it took and the stories that they told.

The most compelling of the stories, which for the most part were taken straight from comic book stories, was that of Laira who on her first solo mission had to return to her home planet which had become hostile on her fathers rule. It’s by far the most personal tale as Laira has to confront a brother who is a sadist and who used to bully her, and worse she has to confront her father who was her idol and whose approval she obviously cared for above all else. During their fight dozens of holographic photos are activated showing them in touching family scenes.

The other stories are interesting in their own way: Mogo’s is just hilarious, especially if you know what’s coming ahead of time, Abin-sur’s is a mix of hopeful and tragic, all decent stories but Laira’s is the one that connected with me.

It’s also interesting that Hal Jordan isn’t the POV character, he’s telling the stories, but it’s Arisia for whom those stories are told, Arisia who is learning what it means to be a Lantern along with the audience, and in the end it’s Arisia who proves to be the hero of the hour. She comes up with the plan that defeats Krona by taking lessons from each story to heart.

The movie is a Bechdel past thanks to Laira’s story, and while some of the female members of the Green Lantern corps are sexualized to lesser or greater degrees it also has some interesting female aliens who are not designed as sex objects, like this one in the story of the first Green Lantern who is basically a jelly wafer with limbs.

Not a perfect film but one I was pleasantly surprised with.

Bechdel Test: Pass
Out of the Fridge Score 3/5
4/5 Stars