Saturday, May 30, 2009

RE: Megan Fox Thinks Wonder Woman is Lame

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.


A.Jaye said...

That Megan Fox one looks alright. What's she been in? I've heard of Jessica Biel though. Looks like an overweight smackhead.

Cast Sarah Blake as Wonder Woman. Hollywood needs a new scandal.

I miss Heidi.

Ricky Sprague said...

Megan Fox is now too busy to be Wonder Woman anyway, what with publicity for the new Transformers movie, and filming two other comics-based movies (most movies are based on comic books now, you know) "Jonah Hex" and "Fathom."

Sarah Blake would be perfect as Wonder Woman! And maybe Velicity Von as The Cheetah. Then get Steven Soderbergh to direct. The comics fanboys would cry foul on the message boards, but they'd flock to see it anyway.

A.Jaye said...

Se Lies and Videotape was soft porn for the Reagan/Thatcher era. Soderbergh wishes he could work for Vivid.

The fanboys would flock to see it. With copies of the comic shielding their faces.

Anonymous said...

From the house of El,
personally I think it is about time these humans, and in particular some north americans, got over themselves. I was reading the article above but I could not get passed the first few lines. Let me reverse the issue, men in tights are a feminine fetish about men. A hero with non violent weapons forwards a message much needed these days, and also Wonder Woman is the first superhero ever to have any ties with the real historic roots of western culture, ancient greece.
I thihnk it would be best if we all (and not just myself) stopped seeing sexual related issues behind every corner, if we stoppoed being governed by our own fears and bias and prejudice, and -hopefully- started following in the footsteps of heroes that point us all toward non violence and a culture which worshipped the human body as temple of the human spirit and worshipped beauty as the result of diligence, self discipline and effort.

Ricky Sprague said...

Thanks, Anonymous. I take your point about heroes being aspirational, and the idea of deconstruction/seeing the perverse or fetishistic in the dressing up in tights is a dead end that's been played out. Steve Ditko, as an example, has done an admirable job of advancing this. Nonetheless, I do think it's clear that, as originally conceived, Wonder Woman's comics had a strong bondage/submission theme.

Wonder Woman's connection to historic western culture etc might be the most explicit of the major superheroes, and perhaps she was the first to make overt references to such, but I think I would disagree that she was the first superhero to have any ties with real historic roots of western culture. Superman is a Hercules/Samson figure, for instance. And you might not realize this, being a member of the House of El as opposed to the House of Marvel, but Captain Marvel also made overt reference to major figures from western heroic tradition-- the magic word "SHAZAM" stood for the wisdom of Solomon, the strength of Hercules, the stamina of Atlas, the power of Zeus, the courage of Achilles, and the speed of Mercury. And I think Captain Marvel made his first appearance a year or two before Wonder Woman. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)

But I stand by my overall argument that Wonder Woman is being mistreated as a character by DC Comics.

Anonymous said...

Wonder Woman is THE best super hero of all time. What makes her so much interesting than Superman is that Wonder Woman functions alchamy (invisible device in the form of airplane) while Superman is more like a David Copperfield (flying through the air, see through para dimensions, flamboyant cape).

Since Wonder Woman was created to combat Liberal Fascism ("We Can Do It") against Nazi Germany - her inspiration goes beyond Greece.

She's a real Queen of Spade, where her blade rests on her head as a crown tiara boomerang while pentagram stars are scattered to kiss her ass. The phoenix on her bosom has since been minimized we can guess to an ambiguous "W" maybe because she IS so intimidating for most men. Hilarious that her belt would be a type of armor, also.

We can guess the trinity is supposed to balance Wonder Woman with the mutant magician in Superman against the wealthy alchamist in Batman - but both guys are pretty ditsy. Superman and Batman should run away with each and maybe get married in Las Vegas.. paving room for someone like Spiderman, being more believable in a mutant alchamy kind of way.

Not that Wonder Woman and Spiderman make the ideal romantic match - because Wonder Woman is definately lesbian (most of the time) while Parker in Spiderman is just too young and naive to be her type. But hey, crime fighting is supposed to be a professional relationship, right?

Maybe the Green Lantern would be a better hook up for Wonder Woman because Superman is such a sap with his green kryptonite!

Anonymous said...

Uma Thurman would make the perfect Wonder Woman. She could really add dimension to the role with her brand of humor.

Uma would totally answer the remarks and insight to Meagan Fox while proving how Wonder Woman might leverage against the fembot mentality.

Meagan Fox is way too serious as a true 'queen of spade' for this role, and Uma can totally answer Fox's question where she did with "My Super Ex Girlfriend" (excellent) as well as "Kill Bill" and "Kill Bill 2". Those diamonds can just kiss Wonder Woman's ass. The ultimate Diva.

Nonetheless, Jessica Biel, Meagan Fox, and Uma Thurman all totally rock. Goddess-ness.

Anonymous said...

erm.. those aren't diamonds on Wonderwoman's ass, they're pentagrams. Very significant. If they were diamonds,, Wonderwoman would resemble a blue cheetah..

The pentagrams represent "stars" that are pointed upward rather than downward even. Invariably has something to do with the American Flag which assigns each state on a blue field. Some say it's just another fleur de lis, yet, the pentagram itself represents the "rabbit" (two long horn ears, two sets of wiskers, and a nostral) - on it's head. The Easter Bunny.

The "Easter Bunny," something that doesn't actually lay eggs but have litters.. that sak crops like theives in the night that knaw on the vine - which has historically been abused as a, "hand of God" - or that which to beware of "Greeks baring gifts." Consider how this cotton tail is commonly used by magicians and applied against the colonies under the British colonial conquest.

Amazing this "Easter Bunny" explicit to the "rabbit" isn't already criminalized across America already. Yet, America gained it's independence under the flag, "Dont Tread on Me" - with a coiled snake that happens to eat this parasite of a creature alive. Pretty brutal.

Anonymous said...

.. pentagram pointed upward represents a dead rabbit, or a rabbits foot, a rabbit on it's head so to speak.

Ricky Sprague said...

And rabbits/hares, according to superstition, sleep with their eyes open. A useful trait for a super hero.

I agree, Uma Thurman could make a very good Wonder Woman. The two Kill Bills were very entertaining, Tarantino's best by far, and she was very good in them. I don't share your enthusiasm for My Super Ex Girlfriend, but I do think Thurman did a good job in that, too.

Wonder Woman is probably too powerful for any male superhero, excepting Superman, who's a bit of a stodgy jerk (I like the Copperfield analogy), and Captain Marvel, who's actually a child. But his powers ("SHAZAM") do come from classic mythological characters, Solomon, Hercules, Ares, Zeus, Achilles, Mercury. So maybe he would work out well.

Green Lantern is basically an intergalactic policeman. I don't think he's make a good match for a goddess who answers to a higher ideal than "the law."

DJ Smashem said...

I don't care if Megan Fox turned down the chance to be Wonder Woman because I like her just the way she is, 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 who needs an updated version. She can use her Lasso of Truth and indestructible bracelets on me any time!

Anonymous said...

Rabbits sleep with their eyes open? Fascinating.

They also are born eyes wide open while assigning their own gender weeks after birth.

Can't think of any other mammel endocrine system as a land animal that does this.

Happy Year of the Mao.

Jessica Biel is way too hot for Justin Timberlake and Megan Fox just got married.

But above all, Linda Carter has class. Sexy sexy sexy.

Wonderwoman, by the way, reflects Justice in her bracelets while serving as a Lady Liberty in her tiara. Providence is depicted in her belt and Victory within that golden cord of hers called a rope.

Indeed Wonderwoman can be immobilizing !

And the crooks always try to reduce Wonderwoman to "nun." Just like in real life!