Nerd Rage: Wonder Woman Is a What Now?
UPDATE: According to BadAss Digest, it seems Bill Ramey of Batman on Film released an apology stating
“Apparently, several outlets picked up on what I wrote in the mailbag below – especially my take on how Amazons might be explained in ‘Batman vs. Superman’ – and claimed that I was reporting it as fact and/or that it was a ‘rumor’ I had heard. They. Are. All. WRONG.
“It’s nothing more than me guessing how Goyer and Snyder might characterize Wonder Woman and the origin of the Amazons. Carry on…”
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It seems just about every time Zack Snyder and company release news about this Superman vs. Batman movie they’re making, we end up feeling some sort of whiplash. First there was Ben Affleck becoming a slightly older, more experienced Batman. Fine, okay, I can deal with that. Affleck is, for as popular as it is to hate on him, a pretty good actor. Gal Gadot getting cast as Wonder Woman: sure she’s super skinny, but Hollywood has ways of bulking someone up for a role in a short amount of time. But what comes next is nothing short of cringe-worthy for this writer and many others.
The Mary Sue reports on a speculative rumor purported by a Jett from Batman on Film, a site that is a self-proclaimed authority on any Batman-related information coming out of Hollywood, who answered a few “mailbag” questions about the upcoming Superman vs. Batman flick. Please take note, as Jett has, that his “Responses to reader’s questions are based on inside information, industry scuttlebutt, and my opinion. Nothing should be taken as confirmed news unless explicitly stated as such.” Concerning Wonder Woman’s role in the film, he says that she may be given a Black Widow (played by Scarlett Johansson) from The Avengers type of a role, a cameo-plus if you will. That’s fine. We all expected that. However, he goes on to say the following:
With all that said, I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the “Amazons” of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those “ancient Kryptonians” who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago. Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!
Assuming this particular speculation is true, I’m beginning to think that the Kryptonians are just going a lazy excuse to explain the superheroes in Snyder’s, and ultimately in Nolan’s, cinematic universe. I mean, that’s why so much attention was given to all of those abandoned Kryptonian outposts in Man of Steel, right? What is so off-putting about magic that someone would possibly feel the need to do away with? Why can’t the DC cinematic universe have a Thor, but with more magical accessories? What’s the matter with a little Greek Mythology?! Why can’t we have a race of Amazons blessed by the gods, one of whom can can toe-to-toe with the all-powerful boy in blue?
Please, just…let it all be totally unfounded and wrong.
Aside from the supposed alien route, Wonder Woman will also be “de-powered?” Yeah, no, that’s never going to fly with me. In the comics, Wonder Woman can hold her own against Superman pretty darn well. They have fought against each other, and they fought hard. Wonder Woman draws her power from the magic of the Greek gods, and what else is Superman vulnerable against beside kryptonite? That’s right, magic. She’s pretty much the only DC character who can get in a real fight with Superman, no holds barred, and live to tell the tale. So to de-power her would be ludicrous!
I’m going to say it, because while the subject was beaten into the ground when I was in college, I feel that it simply must be said again: Wonder Woman seems to be getting the “Women in Refrigerators” treatment (if speculations are true).
Coined by Gail Simone after the killing and subsequent stuffing of Kyle Rayner’s (90’s Green Lantern) girlfriend in a refrigerator (Green Lantern #54, 1994), the infamous “Women in Refrigerators” term is used usually for whenever a female character is either killed, injured, or maimed simply to give the titular male character a reason to go after the bad guy. But every now and then the term is used for when a super-powered female character is weakened possibly forever or loses her powers all together.
I can’t fathom the reason for Wonder Woman’s de-powered status other than the fact that no one should be stronger than Superman. No one. And before you refute my above statement, yes, I am aware than de-powerment is not a woman-exclusive club. Nor is death. But tell me this, readers, how many male characters are allowed to go back to their original status compared to the female characters?