|Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman|
As a lifelong Marvel fan, I prefer their more complex, human, and angsty take on superheroes to DC's blander fare. However, this can't be the cause of the marginalization of Wonder Woman. Both DC's Batman and Superman have flourished at the box office and have new big budget films currently underway. In addition, these two have each had several successful television series revolving around them. As the world's most famous and recognizable female superhero, Wonder Woman should mean an automatic trip to the bank.
But women comic book heroes are no stranger to critique. Women in Refrigerators is a website dedicated entirely to the phenomena female comic book characters being killed as a plot device for male superheroes. Female heroes have often been the sidekick, the eye candy, and the token girl in super hero teams. Unfortunately, Wonder Woman has filled all of these rolls at some point or another. She's had her fair share of playing second fiddle to Batman or one of few women in various incarnations of The Super Friends and The Justice League. Though many would say portraying women in a proportionate amount of authoritative roles in fiction wouldn't be a fair depiction of reality, in a comic book world so embedded in fantasy, why can't the women be as equally prominent and powerful as the men?
|2010 costume re-vamp|
Still, Wonder Woman just can't seem to catch a break. Many filmmakers, including Joss Whedon, have attempted to bring Diana to the silver screen, but all of their attempts have been trashed. Is America still not ready for an independent female superhero or does someone different than Wonder Woman entirely? Perhaps it really is still just the macho men of the US that are watching action flicks who can't be bothered to watch a woman in charge. Or maybe it's just the studio big wigs who don't want women to become empowered and threaten their jobs.