Thursday, March 31, 2011

Kick and Stretch


I'm so glad the network listened to all the complaints (including my own) and decided to put the new Wonder Woman back in the red boots and then burned those shiny blue hooker pants.

For those of you who didn't see the previous version released...


I'm still not thrilled with the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader pants, but, as I said before, I am willing to roll with the newer shine-free Wonder-Jeggings now that they have fixed the color on the boots.


I know...I'm a geek.

And, I'm okay with that.


Roland said...

Wonder Woman is a "Stupid Bitch." Throughout her publication history it has been hard to find a loyal audience. That's why she gets so many re-boots and updates. DC was so worried that readers wouldn't be able to follow the character during the first season of the original Wonder Woman TV series, that they set the stories on "Earth 2" during WWII to avoid confusion.

Since she was de-powered in the late 60's to increase her appeal to modern readers (tired of heroes with more powers than problems) she's been plagued with course corrections. Her comic title has been canceled and re-launched more times than the space shuttle.

The current version, a Wonder Woman existing outside the established DC Universe, is another example of the comic industries frustration with the Paradise Island Princess. They just can't figure out how to make the Amazing Amazon appealing (aka sexy) to pre and post adolescent males, while creating a character with a 21st century feminist voice. Not surprising since the character was created by Charles Moulton, a women's rights advocate, involved in a polyamorous relationship, who reputedly had a taste for bondage.

So, it's understandable that David E Kelley would find it difficult to style his television creation. If it's faithful to the standard, then it's derivative. If he goes his own way, or samples from the various incarnations, he disappoints the purists. That's why the Cathy Lee Crosby version continues to be vilified. It too tried to take some of the original "super powered" character and mix her with the then contemporary comic book, karate chopping, white pant suit wearing Diana Prince. It didn't help that, by the time the MOW aired, DC decided to return Diana powers, tiara and lasso.

The biggest mistake is making a series at all. It's doomed. With no consistent source material to draw from, it will end up being a show loosely based on scrambled comic book mythology. It won't satisfy fans and likely fail to appeal to a broader audience. Have I said too much?

Vampire Hours said...

That is all very interesting, but I think you're thinking of a different character. See, Wonder Woman is a 50's housewife and private dancer (a dancer for money), with two adorable who adores a minuete, the Ballet Russes, and crepe suzette and the OTHER who loves to rock and roll, a hot dog makes her lose control...what a wild duet!

However, the twist is...they are cousins.

Identical cousins.

So, Wonder Woman spends most of her time trying to see if they can live together, without driving each other crazy.

It's possible that the network may try to make Wonder Woman a time-traveler (like "Quantum Leap") and then have her appear in a different costume and plot setting each week, which would allow her to be in every plot scenario you described above, and then they'll let the ratings decide which one the kids enjoy and keep her there.

I vote for the time period where she looks like Lynda Carter in modern times with giant computers and shorter costume.

That's just me.