How can anyone think this character is lame?
In an interview with London's Sunday Times, the attractive young actress Megan Fox dismisses the notion of ever playing Wonder Woman on film:
“Wonder Woman is a lame superhero,” she says, clearly unfazed at the thought of ruling herself out of a potentially career-making franchise. “She flies around in her invisible jet and her weaponry is a lasso that makes you tell the truth. I just don’t get it. Somebody has a big challenge on their hands whoever takes that role but I don’t want to do it.”
She has a point. Wonder Woman, at least as she exists today, really is lame. The reason is because DC comics has refused to acknowledge what the character is: a male fetish fantasy. Lately they've been engaged in a profoundly misguided effort to make her into one of "Big Three" with Superman and Batman. Apparently, she co-stars in a comic book with those two called "Trinity." Here are three recent interconnected covers:
Batman and Superman appear poised and ready for action. Wonder Woman has her hands above her head and one (bare) leg hiked up. Batman and Superman appear to be wearing pajamas, while Wonder Woman is wearing a stripper outfit.
And wearing the stripper outfit is fine. It's great. But if you're going to keep the stripper outfit, don't try to make her equal in stature to Superman and Batman. And if you are going to make her the equal to Superman and Batman, give her pajamas because otherwise no one's taking her seriously.
Wonder Woman was created in 1941 by a guy named William Moulton Marston, whose stories were an insane mixture of science fiction, fantasy, politics, crime, suspense, lesbianism, and bondage. Lots of bondage. In these stories, Wonder Woman was constantly being tied up or tying up others. From Wikipedia:
Marston's Wonder Woman is often cited as an early example of bondage themes entering popular culture: physical submission appears again and again throughout Marston's comics work, with Wonder Woman and her criminal opponents frequently being tied up or otherwise restrained, and her Amazonian friends engaging in frequent wrestling and bondage play (possibly based on Marston's earlier research studies on sorority initiations). These elements were softened by later writers of the series. Though Marston had described female nature as submissive, in his other writings and interviews he referred to submission to women as a noble and potentially world-saving practice, leading ideally to the establishment of a matriarchy, and did not shy away from the sexual implications of this:
"The only hope for peace is to teach people who are full of pep and unbound force to enjoy being bound ... Only when the control of self by others is more pleasant than the unbound assertion of self in human relationships can we hope for a stable, peaceful human society. ... Giving to others, being controlled by them, submitting to other people cannot possibly be enjoyable without a strong erotic element".
About male readers, he later wrote: "Give them an alluring woman stronger than themselves to submit to, and they'll be proud to become her willing slaves!"
Here are some panels from a single story that appeared originally in Wonder Woman #6, Fall 1943, reprinted in Wonder Woman Archives Vol. 3. Wonder Woman is performing feats of strength "For the relief of women and children in Europe," and as part of said performance, she is to be tied up and placed in a tank of water. The vain debutante Priscilla Rich, who has an alter/split personality, called "The Cheetah," is part of the show, but no one in the audience cares about her. So, Priscilla attempts to sabotage Wonder Woman by using her own "magic lasso" to tie her up before she's placed in the tank:
We start with bondage, continue through to Wonder Woman being placed in a water tank and having to contort her body in order to free herself, then end with super hero and super villain kissing.
Seriously, cast Megan Fox as Wonder Woman and Jessica Biel as The Cheetah, have them bind and kiss each other for 90 minutes, and you've practically got yourself a license to print money.
Did I post these photos of two attractive women merely to get traffic to my blog? No- if I were tying to generate traffic I would have found a way to work in something about monkey attacks and zombies.
Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman pic source.
DC Trinity cover pics source.
Megan Fox pic source.
Jessica Biel pic source.