Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wonder Woman XXX: The best representation of Wonder Woman since the original 1940s comics?

Recently, this page of original Wonder Woman concept art,  by the great Harry Peter, sold at auction for more than $30,000. You know why it sold for so much? Because Wonder Woman is apparently a difficult character to deal with -- so who wouldn't want a piece of her original creation?


It was announced not long ago that David E. Kelley, the guy who gave you Ally McBeal, was working on a new Wonder Woman television show.
This has to be the highest-profile effort to bring Wonder Woman to television: One of TV's best-known creators, The Practice's David E. Kelley, has come on board to write and produce a new series project about the female superhero. The project, from Warner Bros Television where Kelley is based, and Warner Bros' DC Entertainment, will be taken out to the networks shortly. Kelley, who has created several female centered shows like Ally McBeal, has wanted to tackle a contemporary take on the World War II-era Amazon. He recently met with the DC team who also have been looking for ways to launch a new Wonder Woman TV franchise.
For Wonder Woman fans (and I know they exist because I am one myself) this had to be the most exciting news they'd heard in a long time!*

But now -- um, notsofast:
Reports that David E. Kelley is working on a "Wonder Woman" television series aren't false, but there's something else to consider as well: Kelley himself isn't sure that he's the best fit for the property.

"There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley revealed in an interview with Zap2It. "I've been working on it between scripts for 'Harry's Law.' It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going."
Emphasis added because while you're intending on taking a stab at it, one company has actually taken the initiative (and my own advice, if I may be so bold) and is actually making a film of Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman XXX (kinda almost sorta not safe for work). It's calling itself a "Porn Parody," but take a look at their synopsis:
The Iraqi government has once again penetrated US soil and has sent their top spy to infiltrate America's most lucrative business, the Porn Industry. Through the help of a sultry US informant, the Iraqi spy has gained access to California's biggest porn production sets in order to steal their secrets and bring them back home. There is only one person that can stop the Iraqi insurgence. There is only one person who can make a man crumble to his knees and beg for mercy, Wonder Woman. Will the Iraqi spy succeed in his mission to rip off America's beloved porn or will he succumb to the wealth and riches of the most sought after pussy on the planet. Will Wonder Woman save the day or are her powers futile against the terrorist attacks of the Iraqi infidels.
Let's leave aside for a moment the poor grammar of that synopsis (although I admit it is driving me crazy -- they can't hire someone to proofread their website for crying out loud???) and focus on the content. What's really amazing is just how closely it mirrors synopses of the original 1940s Wonder Woman comics by William Moulton Marston and Harry Peter. Just substitute "Nazis" for "Iraqis," and substitute "the milk industry," or "a department store," or "a sorority house," or "a circus," or "a dude ranch," or "a munitions factory" for "the Porn Industry," and you've got a pretty accurate description of just about every story from Wonder Woman's amazing first few years of comics.

The people behind Wonder Woman XXX clearly know the character. Just read their full press release. They "get it."  And they have a pretty clear sense of how she should be updated; the same apparently cannot be said for those in the "legitimate" film industry, people like Joss Whedon and dithering David E. Kelley, who have tried and failed to capture what the character is all about (or the people currently doing the comics, for that matter). It's really quite easy, as the makers of WW XXX have shown:

(1) Wonder Woman is an Amazon princess who believes that America is the best hope for humankind (in particular womankind) in a world in which the wars and aggressions of men are ascendant.

(2) Wonder Woman fights America's enemies by tying them up and kissing them.

You don't have to over complicate it.


My first choice for Wonder Woman would have been Velicity Von, but Tori Black is clearly not a bad choice, either.


*Not really; I was being ironic!

2 comments:

A.Jaye said...

Why not cast a pornochick for TV. That's a way to acknowledge the Paris/Kardashian career path into celebrity. The DVD could be hardcore. My casting choice would be Demi Marx

http://www.sleazegrinder.com/int_DemiMarx.htm

(but not at work).

Iraqi's would be quelled forever.

Ricky Sprague said...

Ms. Marx has the look and the attitude.

Also, it hasn't really occurred to me until now (and I'm a little disappointed in myself about it), but it makes sense that Wonder Woman, an Amazon warrior princess, would have tattoos. Maybe a lot of tattoos. The Amazons likely have a number of rituals that would require them, in addition to using them to celebrate battle victories or particularly effective hunts.

Maybe WW's costume should be nothing but tattoos.